2010-12-23 / Local & State

County Conducts Routine Business

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Fulton County commissioners Bonnie Mellott Keefer, David Hoover II and Craig Cutchall attended to a variety of routine business this week that included signing off on construction-related change orders and contracts.

The board unanimously authorized Commissioner Keefer to sign a change order in connection with handicapped parking installation and the stormwater management project at the Fulton County Food Basket. The change order totalled $12,190.

Keefer also signed a final application for payment in the amount of $3,150 for Rodney B. Smith Plumbing, Heating & Cooling as well as an additional request for payment totalling $12,190.58 with P&W Excavating Inc. Both payments are for work completed at the Food Basket.

Another payment with P&W Excavating was authorized in the amount of $4,465 for their work on improving handicapped accessibility at the Hustontown Joint Sewage Authority.

Keefer also signed off on the Community Development Block Grant fourth-quarter reports for the Food Basket’s project before penning a two-year agreement with Maximus for professional services. Maximus will create an indirect cost allocation plan that could potentially save the county an estimated $60,000 annually in reimbursables. The company is slated to receive $4,600 annually for their services, which represents a $100 yearly increase over the prior contract.

Business manager Tim Stanton presented the commissioners with a copy of the management letter issued by Zelenkofske Axelrod LLC. The firm completed an audit of the Medical Assistance Transportation Program funding overseen by the Fulton County Partnership. The audit covered June 30, 2009, through June 30, 2010, and did not contain any findings.

The commissioners adopted resolution #25 of 2010 authorizing Wildena Truax, Brush Creek Township tax collector, to collect county and municipal taxes for Valley-Hi Borough effective January 1. Truax is collecting the neighboring borough’s taxes in light of Valley-Hi not having its own tax collector at this time.

Technology director Eldon Martin reviewed building plans and possible security measures for the new office space to be occupied by the probation and domestic relations offices. According to Martin, the county currently has a contract with TelePlus for fire-related issues pertinent to that office space.

The agreement does not apply to security measures such as card readers, push-button entry for the reception area, after-hour motion detectors and duress alarms. The commissioners and Martin discussed what items should be implemented in the office area, and how the work could be funded.

The commissioners met with local contractor Michael Binder, who announced he recently purchased a property along Route 16 that includes a carwash, garage and house. The house, Binder noted, could be made into suitable office space for Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott or other county employees and provides adequate visibility and parking. Binder added he is looking for tenants and will finish and renovate as needed.

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