2011-09-08 / Local & State

Commissioners Modify Contracts

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Even though there was not anyone in attendance representing the public, the Fulton County commissioners moved forward with their plans to conduct a public hearing last Tuesday to review proposed modifications to the 2010 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) contract.

The original contact for the 2010 fiscal year, according to the commissioners, totalled $237,225 and included allotments for six projects as well as project administration. Through the approved contract modification, the sewer upgrades in Todd Township will receive an unexpected $20,000. In addition, the allocation for the public facilities project at the Fulton County Food Basket was increased from $25,000 to $54,525.

The commissioners also noted line items eliminated from the original contract include a public service project at the Food Basket in the amount of $24,525 and $25,000 for Todd Township for an excess flow evaluation.

The commissioners went on to accept a proposal from Earley’s Painting and Wallcovering that will allow the company to paint the walls and high ceiling in the second floor bathroom in the Fulton County Courthouse. Earley’s is slated to receive $360 for their work.

In following a recommendation from EMA Director Ruth Strait and consultant Mission Critical, the commissioners signed a request of waiver to be submitted to the Federal Communications Commission for television band licenses. The licenses will allow the county to be on the same frequencies as the neighboring counties of Franklin, Bedford and Washington.

Tom Morisi of Keller Engineers reviewed the bids received for the repair of two county bridges, which were higher than the funding currently available to the county through the liquid fuels bridge fund. As a result, Morisi and county business manager Tim Stanton will be checking on other financing options that may be available.

Morisi also noted in light of the recent earthquake tremors that were reported here, none of the county’s three bridges fall within the guidelines of needing a followup inspection. However, he did do a site visit and found they were free of earthquake damage.

The commissioners approved acquisition of right-of-way from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in connection with the JLG turning lane project in the amount of $16,700.

A conference call was made to auditors Zelenkofske & Axelrod to help clarify how the county is to handle financing of the third and final phase of the renovation project.

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