2011-08-25 / Local & State


County Tackles Routine Business
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

The Fulton County commissioners signed off on a variety of paperwork Tuesday and sat down with their chief probation officer as part of their weekly agenda.

Chief Probation Officer Dan Miller thanked the commissioners for their support in attending last week’s swearing-in of both adult and juvenile probation officers. Headed by Fulton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Carol L. Van Horn, the ceremony drew in an array of onlookers, including court staff and employees from the sheriff’s office, Domestic Relations and the prothonotary’s office.

In other matters, Miller presented the commissioners with paperwork regarding the county’s receipt of $28,360 in Juvenile Grant- In-Aid funding. The funding has been allotted for July 11, 2011, through June 30, 2012, and of that amount $22,484.82 is designated for specialized probation services.

After meeting with Human Services Administrator Jean Snyder, an agreement was signed with Open Door International for adoptive services.

Mary K. Seville, county planning and mapping director, updated the commissioners on new transportation projects slated for the 2013 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). In connection, the commissioners earmarked several local safety and local bridge projects for submission to Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commissioner for funding consideration.

Julie Dovey, executive director of the Fulton County Partnership, informed the commissioners on the state’s proposal to reduce mileage reimbursement through the MATP program from 25 cents per mile to 12 cents per mile. The state is also suggesting, according to Dovey, that a copay be instituted for clientele in the amount of $2 for a one-way trip or $4 for a round trip.

Last Tuesday the commissioners approved a contract with Zelenkofske & Axelrod, LLC for auditing services for 2010 through 2112.

Commissioner Bonnie Mellott Keefer was granted authorization to sign a Highway Occupancy Permit application for work in front of sheriff’s office that has yet to be completed.

The commissioners’ meeting minutes dating back to August 2 were amended to change the purchase price of a server from $4,085.68 to $3,965.50.

Mission Critical Partners Inc. was given permission to submit applications for public safety radio communications equipment on behalf of the county.

A bid opening was held during the afternoon in connection with possible repairs to the county’s bridges. On hand for the opening were Dan Bennett of Cottle’s Asphalt Maintenance and Tom Morisi from Keller Engineers.

Bids received and recorded were Clear Water Construction, Mercer, Pa., at $33,630; and Cottle’s Asphalt Maintenance of Everett, with a bid of $26,842.06. The bids were tabled for further review by the county engineer.

A second bid-opening ceremony was also held for work to be done to the courthouse interior staircase. No bids were received.

The commissioners spoke with Danielle Rutherford of Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates regarding interior finishes for the jailhouse restoration project.

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