2010-10-28 / Local & State

County Modifies CDBG Contracts

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

The Fulton County commissioners along with county project developer Karen Hann conducted a public meeting this week regarding alterations to three years of Community Development Block Grant contracts and eventually moved forward with approval of the modifications.

While there weren’t any members of the public on hand for the early morning hearing held on October 26, the changes were many for the trio of contracts that began in 2007 and concluded in 2009.

Most notably in the year 2007, modifications to allocations included additional money in the amount of $8,573.15 allotted for HVAC and interior renovations at the Fulton County Food Basket as well as the elimination of $8,272.73 in funding for the Burnt Cabins sewer project in Dublin Township.

In the grant year 2008, the Burnt Cabins sewer project was slated to receive $187,267 in CDBG money. That money has instead been redistributed to a variety of projects, including the Taylor Township ABR project, $25,000; Wells Tannery Community Center renovation project, $40,000; renovations at the Food Basket, $31,090; a walk-in freezer and cooler unit for the Food Basket, $10,000; CareerLink office ABR project, $30,000; and McConnellsburg Borough, $50,000 for curb cutout replacements.

The area of administration also saw an increase in funding, bringing available funding in 2008 from $39,929 to $41,106.

The most significant modification to last year’s contract was the elimination of $109,946 for the Needmore sewer system. Furthermore, an allocation of $8,500 for the Hustontown Joint Sewage Authority has been reduced to $6,000. The money was redistributed to the McConnellsburg Senior Citizen Center, which will now receive $112,392.

Business manager Tim Stanton reported on annual training requirements through the Pennsylvania Counties Risk Pool (PCorp) for the use of tasers in county by the sheriff’s office. Stanton was asked to share the information with Sheriff Keith Stains.

Stanton also reviewed possible furnishings for the Fulton County Law Library as well as construction issues ranging from insulation of pipes in the HVAC system; the replacement of the sewer line leading from the Neighborhood Service Center; and the placement of graphics in the courtroom. Additional discussion was had on replacement of the western column on the courthouse.

Alan Fischer, Patricia Berkstresser and Tom DeShong were appointed to four-year terms of office on the Fulton County Planning Commission. The trio’s term of office is set to expire on December 31, 2014.

County land-use planner Steve Thomas informed the commissioners a total of 38 individuals have registered to date for the stormwater planning meeting scheduled for November 8. The individuals represent a total of 11 municipalities.

Commissioner Bonnie Mellott Keefer was granted authorization to sign the acknowledgement of acceptance of the Juvenile Court Judges Commission Juvenile Grant-In-Aid program totalling $28,360. The money represents a $2,000 reduction from last year. Furthermore, Keefer signed the financial statement for funds expended by Specialized Probation Services and Juvenile Probation Services between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2010.

Jeff Davidek of C.S. McKee gave an overview of the county’s retirement fund, which began the quarter on June 30 with market value of $6,001,885. At the conclusion of the quarter, the market value of the fund had been recorded at $6,690,619.

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