2011-04-07 / Local & State

Resident Meets With Commissioners To Clarify Recent Statements

Adopt proclamations for Child Abuse Prevention Month and Week of the Young Child
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

At his own request, a local resident sat down with the Fulton County commissioners on Tuesday to clarify statements made at a public meeting last month regarding the ongoing county renovation project.

Maynard Bard told commissioners Bonnie Mellott Keefer, Craig Cutchall and David Hoover II that he attended the county town meeting in Thompson Township on March 3 as a county resident and not as a representative of his employer, TMS Excavating. Having spoken out repeatedly during the gathering on constructionrelated topics, Bard went on to say his comments were intended for the project architects and engineers and not aimed at job contractors.

He added it was his opinion the sheriff ’s office is structurally sound, and the commissioners are heading in the right direction with their decision to renovate the interior and exterior facade of the twostory facility adjacent to the courthouse. He also suggested the county could fully brick the jailhouse at a cost of $14 per square foot.

In other matters heard April 5, the commissioners learned through county projects coordinator Karen Hann the proposed project of installing a walk-in freezer at the Fulton County Food Basket is being bid out. She further noted the rights-of-way agreements in connection with the JLG turning lane project are being wrapped up.

Hann submitted a quarterly Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)-R report for the first quarter of 2011. Commissioner Keefer signed off on the document as well as the revised 2006 fiscal year Help America Vote Act reporting form presented by the projects coordinator.

Keefer also signed a Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re- Housing Subrecipient Certification for the period beginning January 1 and concluding March 31, 2011.

Human Services Director Jean Snyder informed the commissioners that Department of Public Welfare Secretary Richard Gold has “been released from state employment.” Gold had previously visited here and been an asset to the county, said Snyder.

The commissioners announced they are slated to welcome attendees at the upcoming Children and Youth Conference scheduled for Thursday, April 14, and supported proclamations on Child Abuse Prevention Month and Week of the Young Child.

Snyder said a Guide to Accessing Services offered by the Services for Children Office has been completed and will be placed on the Services for Children Web site. The guide was prepared by Snyder and Deb Pheil.

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