2010-10-21 / Local & State

County Welcomes New Chief Probation Officer

Daniel Miller appointed to position
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Fulton County commissioners Bonnie Mellott Keefer and Craig Cutchall took some time from their agenda Tuesday afternoon to greet Fulton County’s newest chief probation officer.

The commissioners noted they had actually received word of the selection or appointment of the department head last Tuesday, October 13. Word as well as final approval was handed down by the Fulton/Franklin County Court of Common Pleas presided over by President Judge Douglas Herman.

Daniel Miller, according to the announcement, was promoted from the position of probation officer to chief probation officer of Fulton County. Miller replaces former Chief Probation Officer Roger Strait, who retired earlier this year after logging decades of service to the county.

In sitting down with Keefer and Cutchall this week, Miller stated he was looking forward to the challenges ahead. Among those tasks will be relocating the probation office from its current location along North Second Street to the basement of the Neighborhood Service Center on West Market Street.

In addition, Miller noted that probation appears to be changing on a nationwide level with numerous treatment options and programs available to those eligible instead of incarceration. Furthermore, additional clerical duties are anticipated to be placed on probation workers, who are being requested by the state to not only track what counties are doing but why they choose certain options.

Commissioner Keefer pointed out the county wished to maintain a good working relationship with Miller and his office. “We know you’re the right man for the job,” she stated.

Miller concluded that the several months he spent serving as interim chief probation officer was a big help as it enabled himto walk in the shoes of the former chief officer Strait.

In other matters this week, a request for 2010 Liquid Fuel Funding from Taylor Township was approved in the amount of $1,600.

The board went into executive session with business manager Tim Stanton and project developer Karen Hann concerning a personnel matter. No action was taken upon reconvening.

Jon M. Edmonds of Edmonds Engineering discussed various HVAC issues in the courthouse and EMA conference room via a conference call.

Sheriff Keith Stains was granted permission to purchase four tasers with holsters for use by his department at a per taser cost of $804.95.

Last Tuesday Dan Izer of Rodney B. Smith Plumbing and Heating along with John Wimer from Intercon gave a proposal to the commissioners regarding the future maintenance and upkeep of the county’s geothermal loop. Intercon proposed monitoring the system located in McConnell Park, and Wimer agreed to send company references to the county for review.

Chairperson Bonnie Mellott Keefer was granted authorization by the board to sign off the Buy American Certification in conjunction with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The certification stipulates that any contractors working on the handicapped parking and stormwater management project at the Fulton County Food Basket are required to purchase only construction materials manufactured in the United States.

During a sit-down with county project coordinator Karen Hann, the commissioners learned of the increasing expenses related to the JLG turning lane project along Route 16. Costs currently projected by the project engineer are $125,000 higher than originally anticipated. The engineers are in the midst of working on obtaining rights-of-way in connection with the project.

Jean Snyder, county human services administrator, discussed possible funding avenues to transport local participants to their sessions at the Day Reporting Center in Chambersburg.

County auditors Rebecca Kendall and Phyllis Bard updated the commissioners on the status of auditing the books of former Union Township tax collector Terra Strait. The audit is slated to be completed in the near future.

A request from Taylor Township for liquid fuel funding in the amount of $2,600 was approved, as was an additional request from Union Township totalling $2,900.

Technology director Eldon Martin reported the county’s auction site is up and running and the rollout of the new telephone system the prior week went well overall.

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