2011-12-08 / Local & State

County Conducts Two Meetings

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Given the Thanksgiving holiday followed by the opening of deer season, the Fulton County commissioners opted to convene last Thursday in addition to their normal Tuesday meeting on December 6.

An application for liquid fuel funding in the amount of $2,600 was approved as submitted by the Dublin Township Board of Supervisors.

A managed services agreement totalling $15,912 was penned with Global Data Consultants LLC, which will provide network and infrastructure support services next year.

The commissioners sat down with treasurer Monica Seville and business manager Tim Stanton to discuss approval of accounts payable and budget transfers. The group then met behind closed doors for approximately 25 minutes to review two personnel-related items.

Stanton and Seville returned later in the day as members of the Salary Board to discuss hours and salary for victim/witness coordinator Carolyn Kerlin. In voting as the Salary Board, the group unanimously agreed to reduce Kerlin’s weekly hours from 25 to 22 as a result in a loss of state funding. The topic of her hours will be revisited during the month of June in the event funds are reinstated to the program. On hand for the decision, which was handed down following a 50- minute executive session, was District Attorney Travis Kendall.

County special projects coordinator Karen Hann provided a status update on the walk-in freezer installation project at the Fulton County Food Basket. Hann noted the organization is now ready to part with three older model chest freezers and one upright freezer, which were initially purchased with grant money. The possibility of the county selling the items on its online auction and donating back the proceeds to the Food Basket was discussed. The county solicitor will be consulted in the matter.

In other matters, Hann reported the JLG turning lane project on Route 16 has been bid out. A total of five constructiononly bids were received ranging in price from $898,425.56 to $1,144,950.45.

She reminded the commissioners in the event the project goes over budget, the county would be responsible for an additional expenditures as is stipulated in the contract with PennDOT.

At this time, there appears to be sufficient money allocated to cover the costs of the project. The construction cost estimate initially prepared by the engineers was $863,910. In addition inspection costs that were estimated at $129,587 actually came in at $100,666.

Hann also reported she has received several complaints regarding the lack of sidewalk between the Giant grocery store and the last set of homes on South Second Street. Walkers have essentially made a trail along a six-foot section of embankment between the two properties in question. The commissioners and Hann discussed the possibility of drafting a letter to Giant and the two involved municipalities, Ayr and Mc- Connellsburg Borough, to determine if a resolution could be reached.

Last Thursday, Hann told the commissioners the five-year voter registration maintenance had been run and to date approximately 700 individuals had been removed from voters rolls after having failed to vote in the last two presidential elections.

The commissioners were joined by solicitor Stanley Kerlin, who spoke about an ongoing dispute over Bain Road in Thompson Township. As a result, the commissioners authorized the Fulton County Planning Commission to determine the name for the private lane that accesses property belonging to John Bain and Ronald Burgoyne.

Planning and Mapping Director Mary K. Seville reported transportation funding for the next four years has been reduced from $163 million to $128 million. Of those available funds, $116 is assigned to carryover projects. Twelve million will only therefore be available for new projects proposed in the four rural counties in the Southern Alleghenies region over the next four years. Counties affected include Fulton, Bedford, Somerset and Huntingdon.

Seville stated it could be possible the local bridge on Barnetts Run Road may be funded, but no other bridge projects will be funded.

Sidney McConahy of Mission Critical Partners spoke to the commissioners as the county’s 911 consultant. McConahy stated the county was going to have to spend $20,000 to upgrade county-owned communications equipment no later than January 1, 2013. That funding, the commissioners agreed, will be included in the 2012 budget.

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