2010-07-29 / Local & State

CDBG Contracts To Be Revised

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

The Fulton County commissioners gave their nod of approval to several proposed modifications of existing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) contracts that will in turn distribute funds around the county that had previously been earmarked for the Burnt Cabins sewer project.

The current 2008 CDBG contract stipulates that a total of $186,090 be given to the Dublin Township Board of Supervisors for use in constructing the Burnt Cabins sewer system. In meeting with CDBG and county project developer Karen Hann, the commissioners opted to divide the money between an additional eight projects.

Those projects receiving a tentative nod of approval include Wells Township road improvements, $20,000; Taylor Township handicapped accessibility upgrades, $25,000; Wells Township Community Center renovations, $25,000; Fulton County Food Basket HVAC installation and interior renovations, $6,030.73; Food Basket walk-in cooler/freezer combination installation, $30,000; CareerLink handicapped accessibility upgrades, $30,000; McConnellsburg Borough curb cutouts, $50,000; and Bethel Township southend sewer extension project, $359.27.

In announcing the modifications, the commissioners did note a stipulation was placed on the road improvements scheduled for Wells Township. Commissioner Bonnie Mellott Keefer reported the money may only be used in repairing the roadway at the community park. The township road leading from the intersection of the Wells Tannery Post Office to the park entrance may not be improved with these funds.

Public hearings to receive input on the proposed modifications are scheduled for Tuesday, August 17 and 24, beginning at 9 a.m. in the commissioners’ office.

Bids were awarded on Tuesday in connection with the HVAC installation and interior renovations at the Food Basket. General contractor for the project will be TMS Excavating LLC, for their bid in the amount of $21,838, while Rodney B. Smith Plumbing, Heating & Cooling will serve as mechanical contractor. The company previously submitted a bid totalling $31,500.

The commissioners received notification from Director of Veterans Affairs Ed Stenger that Paul Iden has resigned from his position on the county flag committee. Following Stenger’s recommendation, the commissioners approved Charles Kave to fill the vacant position in Bethel Township.

Several change orders were approved by the commissioners, including $4,900 that will allow for pipe repairs, tree removal and widening of the entrance at the Food Basket. An additional change order totalling $875 will allow for a south wall to be parged at the Food Basket and for a concrete barrier to be installed.

Business manager Tim Stanton and the commissioners discussed the possibility of running the county auction online on an ongoing, continual basis. The group agreed to review the matter further when sitting down with county solicitor Stanley Kerlin.

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