2011-04-21 / Local & State

County Commissioners Meet With Consulting Firm On Future Savings

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

The Fulton County commissioners heard a detailed presentation Tuesday from the president of a telecommunications, energy and network security consulting firm on what services could be offered locally.

Rob Rose, president of Rose Consulting, informed the commissioners on the terms of service for his firm, which has been in existence since 1999. Four hundred and fifty clients are being served at this time, and millions of dollars in refunds and ongoing costs have been saved, said Rose.

According to Rose, all bills are audited at no charge. Compensation is only exchanged in the event savings are identified and implemented. The cost to the county would in turn be 50 percent of any refund they are able to obtain as well as 50 percent of any refund moving forward for a period of two years.

The commissioners agreed to review Rose’s proposal further.

David Washabaugh, Clyde Bookheimer and Marlin Lynch of the Fulton Industrial Development Association discussed the status of an ARC grant that was obtained to hire a part-time executive director. Bookheimer informed the commissioners that one lead formerly pursued by FIDA has fallen through. However, the group is still following up an another avenue, which appears to be promising.

Commissioner Bonnie Mellott Keefer asked if LEDA money allocated by the county to FIDA has been applied for as of yet. Bookheimer replied he was unaware of its current standing and would return to the commissioners with an update.

An agreement was signed with The EADS Group, which will be evalulating a stormwater design plan in exchange for $3,000. A follow up agreement was signed with Leaman & Yelinek based in Waynesboro. The agreement will allow the physician’s group to perform parental assessments for Fulton County Services for Children.

Last Tuesday afternoon the commissioners sat down with architects Brian Haines and Tom Frantz, of Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates, and Ken Heiser, owner of Coyle Lumber, to discuss work needed to complete the front stairs in the courthouse and phase three of the renovation project.

Technology cirector Eldon Martin presented the commissioners with a request to replace an eightyear old computer in the prothontary’s office for $428.92. The request was approved as were purchases for an iPhone and a monthly data plan. The purchases, which total $50 for the phone and $50 to $60 per month for the plan, were needed to replace the current paging system in the probation office.

Individuals appointed by the commissioners to the annual flag committee were Robert Snyder and John Duffey (Ayr Township / McConnellsburg Borough); Ray Miller ( Belfast); Paul Iden (Bethel); Donald M. Fischer Jr. ( Brush Creek); Ralph Brown (Dublin); Donald Eisaman (Licking Creek); Clair Traxler (Taylor); Ernest Shives (Thompson); Donald Divens (Todd); Homer Stahle (Union); and Jim Sweger (Wells).

The commissioners thanked PennDOT and Ed Mickey for putting up signs to announce the town meeting previously held at the Green Hill Sewing Club on April 7.

Having reconvened on Thursday, the commissioners went into executive session to conduct interviews of current county employees who applied to fill the vacant position of EMA/911 coordinator.

Matthew Swope and Pastor Bill Swope appeared before the commissioner in protest of a local observance of the National Day of Silence. Several students at the Southern Fulton School District reportedly participated in the nationwide event on April 15 by taking a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in the school setting.

The Swopes were provided with a list of current Southern Fulton School Board members and advised by the commissioners to take their concerns directly to the board.

A contract was extended through October 13, 2011, with Keller Engineers in connection with the JLG/Route 16 turning lane project. In addition, a contract extention was granted for the Shared Municipal Services program. The contract totals $591.10 for signs in McConnellsburg Borough.

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