2010-08-19 / Local & State

Commissioners Attend To Routine Business


Whether it awarding cost estimates for additional work at the Fulton County Courthouse or approving renovation project change orders, it has been business as usual the last two weeks for commissioners Bonnie Mellott Keefer, David Hoover II and Craig Cutchall.

The commissioners kicked off their meeting this Tuesday with a public hearing overseen by project developer Karen Hann on proposed revisions and modifications to the existing 2008 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) contract. No members of the public chose to attend the hearing.

The commissioners went on to authorize Keefer to follow through with the execution of a change order totalling $4,900. The money has been earmarked for drainage pipe repairs, entrance widening and tree and cinder pile removal at the Fulton County Food Basket.

Change orders just under $9,300 were approved in conjunction with the ongoing renovation project. Add-ons include replacement of unsuitable soils in the parking lot, installation of underground stormwater lines at the courthouse, ceramic tile upgrades, a wall extension to the deck of the Neighborhood Services Building and a soffit extension. A reimbursement in the amount of $510 was also approved for the deletion of painting the courthouse columns.

In turn, the columns on the front of the courthouse are slated to to repaired, according to the commissioners’ weekly minutes. The work is slated to cost the county an additional $2,937 as well as an extra $1,811 for the scraping and painting of all five pillars.

The commissioners approved a cost estimate totalling $3,410 for the installation of a dump station on the first floor of the Services for Children facility. The work will be completed by Carl E. Frantz Inc.

The commissioners sat down with business manager Tim Stanton, Treasurer Monica Seville and Magisterial District Judge Carol Jean Johnson to review personnel matters.

Last Tuesday, the commissioners learned from the county treasurer her office has received multiple telephone calls from residents of Union Township. The callers reported they had not received their school tax bills.

Stanton provided the commissioners with an update on the county’s current cash position. Due to a low investment return, Stanton provided information regarding Certificates of Deposit Account Registry Service (CDARS). CDARS, the commissioners noted, consists of CDs insured by FDIC in amounts up to $50 million. As a follow-up to their discussion, the commissioners authorized the county treasurer to set up a CDARS account with F&M Trust.

Needmore Volunteer Fire Co. President Wavy Kirk and Chief J.R. Sigel appeared before the commissioners to request that the electric service at the office of Judge Johnson be transferred to the county level. The group also discussed whether the agreement between the fire company and county had been finalized for use of the office space. The fire company officials were presented with a copy of the lease agreement that had been previously signed on October 6, 2009.

The commissioners attended a public hearing in the Services for Children facility concerning the Needs-Based Plan & Budget for the fiscal year 2010-11 and for the Fulton County Services for Children and Juvenile Probation. No additions or corrections were proposed for the plan.

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