2011-06-30 / Local & State

Commissioners Attend To Busy Schedule

To meet again Thursday
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Fulton County commissioners Bonnie Mellott Keefer, David Hoover II and Craig Cutchall addressed a variety of issues on Tuesday’s agenda and agreed to meet again later in the week.

The commissioners greeted Franklin County Prison’s newest warden, Daniel Keen. Keen fills the warden’s position vacated by John Wetzel. Present for Keen’s introduction were Fulton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Angela Rosenberry Krom and Chief Probation Officer Daniel Miller.

County projects coordinator Karen Hann updated the commissioners on the status of the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, which is now being audited. The funding is funneled by the county to its recipient, the Fulton County Medical Center. In connection with the audit, the commissioners penned a letter to the Governor’s Budget Office indicating they believe all grant expenditures were spent properly.

Hann went on to tell the commissioners she has completed a survey in connection with polling place accessibility. The survey is due to the state by June 30. Furthermore, all polling places may be deemed as meeting accessibility requirements after being certified as such by the county Board of Elections.

Business manager Tim Stanton presented the commissioners with a request from the Services for Children office for the purchase of fireproof filing cabinets. The cabinets are expected to cost $3,600. Eighty percent of the overall expenditure will be reimbursed through state and/or federal funding.

A liquid fuel funding application in the amount of $2,600 was approved for Todd Township.

A two-year lease was signed with Huntingdon County Employment and Training effective July 1 for use of space located at 122 West Market Street, McConnellsburg. The office space will be rented from Fulton County at a cost of $800 per month.

As a follow-up to a recent tax appeal with Tri-State Community Health Center, solicitor Stanley Kerlin informed the commissioners that health center officials have opted to appeal the county Board of Assessment’s decision to deny tax exempt status. The matter will be heard by the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas.

During a meeting with EMA/911 Director Ruth Strait, the commissioners signed an addendum to an agreement with CenturyLink. The addendum will cost the county an additional $2,419.62 in order for the firm to simplify the billing of 911 lines.

Strait also discussed the ongoing preparations of the 911 Wireless Reconciliation report. The county business manager is slated to work with the single auditors from this point forward in preparing the document.

In asking about the possible filling of a vacant administrative assistant position in her office, the commissioners informed Strait they have decided to fill the fulltime position with reimbursement coming from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

The commissioners agreed to recess and reconvene their meeting on June 30 at 11 a.m.

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