2011-06-16 / Local & State

Commissioners See To Varied Agenda

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Fulton County commissioners Bonnie Mellott Keefer, David Hoover II and Craig Cutchall attended to a varied agenda Tuesday morning, signing off on various resolutions and contracts and meeting with department heads.

A resolution outlining a “condemnation” proceeding was filed and adopted by the county on behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. According to details of the resolution, the condemnation of land belonging to Leemilt’s Petroleum Inc. and Atlantis Petroleum LLC, which own the GettyMart along Route 16, is necessary in order to acquire right-of-way for the JLG turning lane project.

A contract with CenturyLink was terminated effective immediately in connection with equipment used by the 911 office. The contract was originally initiated in May 2007.

An application for liquid fuel funding was approved for Bethel Township in the amount of $4,400.

A revision to the 2008 fiscal year Community Development Block Grant contract was authorized to increase project income by the amount of $2,220 for the Fulton County Food Basket cooler/freezer project. In addition, a change order was approved for renovations at the Wells Tannery Community Building in the amount of $1,700.

Fulton County Conservation District Manager Seleen Shives informed the commissioners notice has been received from the Department of Environmental Protection on the award of a grant totalling $42,000. The funding will assist farmers in their nutrient management planning efforts.

Under questioning by Commissioner Hoover, Shives reported the county annually receives an allotment of around $20,000 through the Dirt and Gravel Road Program. In order to receive any program funds, an individual must attend training at least once over a five-year period.

Ruth Strait appeared before the commissioners on Tuesday after having recently been appointed to the position of EMA/911 coordinator. In recent months, Ray Miller had served as an interim acting coordinator following the retirement of former coordinator Vince Joyce. Miller was thanked by the commissioners for his time and service to the county, which included responding to bouts of unusually stormy weather.

In meeting with Strait, the group discussed the 911 administration assistant position as well as the training of local 911 dispatchers.

Human services administrator Jean Snyder presented the commissioners with contracts, which were signed in order for providers to give service to the county between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2010. Those firms authorized to provide service to the Services for Children office are 1 Step Detect Associates, Fulton County Center for Families, Non-Violence Intervention Service, Pinnacle Health Children’s Resource Center and Project Point of Light.

The county signed off on a pre-expenditure report for the Fulton County Homeless Assistance Program in the amount of $17,587. Of the funds to be received, the lion’s share goes toward the county Catholic Mission and $1,466 stays with the county to cover administrative costs.

The commissioners also agreed for CAPS Data Services to implement a data transfer of fiscal and case information maintained by the Services for Children office. The data transfer will be paid in part by the state, while the county’s share of the $31,000 expenditure is estimated at 20 to 25 percent.

According to Snyder, the initial fee proposed by the company was set at $44,000. However, after speaking with representatives from other eighth-class counties, she determined other counties had less data to transfer and were in turn offered a lesser fee. Subsequent negotiations between the company and the human services administrator resulted in a significant reduction in the overall price for the work.

The new data system must be up and operational by July 1, 2012, Snyder said.

The commissioners went behind closed doors for contract related negotiations before attending the Fulton Industrial Development Association luncheon.

Last Tuesday, June 7, the commissioners approved the 2010 annual report in connection with the Hazardous Materials Response Fund as well as a liquid fuel funding request from Ayr Township totalling $3,900.

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