2010-09-23 / Front Page

County Addresses Weekly Agenda

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Fulton County commissioners Bonnie Mellott Keefer, David Hoover II and Craig Cutchall had a full agenda Tuesday morning addressing several change orders for the ongoing facility renovations and the draft of the single external audit.

Jeffrey Weiss and Samuel Lynch Jr. representing Zelenkofske Axelrod LLC presented the commissioners with a preliminary copy of the single audit for the year 2009. Also appearing for the presentation of the audit were county auditors Phyllis Bard, Rebecca Kendall and Kimberly Seiders as well as business manager Tim Stanton and county Treasurer Monica Seville.

Weiss reported it was another smooth audit for his company, and everyone was very cooperative in providing information. He added there was little to discuss regarding the audit due to few findings.

Weiss went on to note that the county had an undesignated fund balance of $1.79 million, and congratulated the county for not spending more money than what was taken in.

“It’s a healthy fund balance given the times,” said Weiss.

Zelenkofske Axelrod, which is based in Harrisburg, also reviewed the Services for Children and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program as part of the county’s major programs. A comparison of assets to liability in the county’s retirement fund was made as well.

The county business manager was commended by the commissioners for his efforts in connection with the document.

In other matters, the commissioners said they have received notice from the Department of Community and Economic Development that the 2008 single audit report has been accepted in conjunction with the CDBG program. Karen Hann, county projects developer, was thanked for her work in overseeing the program.

As suggested by Stanton, an amendment was made to the Record Request and Fee Schedule Policy that was officially adopted several weeks ago. The revision will include verbiage taken from the Right-To-Know Law regarding the dissemination of information electronically and on paper and related fees.

Technology director Eldon Martin reported back to the commissioners on a technology request previously made by Magisterial District Judge Carol Jean Johnson. Among the requests were a security camera for the back entrance of the judge’s office in Needmore and an additional telephone.

Martin was asked to visit the other two district judge offices and review their existing security systems and compare it to Johnson’s. The requests were in turn tabled.

Change orders totalling $7,815 were approved for the replacement of a bathroom door, flooring material changes and painting of warehouse and receiving area ceilings. The work will be completed by TMS excavating.

Additional change orders in the amount of $25,595 were also given a nod of approval. The orders address waterproofing for the southern wall of the Neighborhood Service Center; framing and installation of a catwalk in the courtroom attic; and installing a pressure-reducing valve and expansion tank in the basement of the Neighborhood Service Center.

The commissioners sat down with chief tax assessor Michelle Sowers, who reviewed upcoming tax appeals.

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