2011-12-15 / Local & State

Commissioners Address Routine Business Tuesday

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

The Fulton County commissioners attended to a full schedule Tuesday morning, meeting with various department heads and making several decisions dealing with handling case loads in the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas.

Dwight Harvey, who previously served in the capacity of county district attorney, was appointed by the commissioners on Tuesday to the position of public defender. Harvey will replace outgoing public defender Tamela Bard effective January 1.

In other legal matters, the commissioners retained the services of attorney Philip J. Harper, who will serve as a conflicts attorney during 2012. Harper’s services will not exceed $18,750 annually for working no more than 250 hours.

The commissioners penned a lease agreement with Lisa I. Shelley and Timothy G. and Linda K. Witter for use of the second floor of the Shelley & Witter building located at 122 West Market Street, Mc- Connellsburg. The facility will be used on a month-to-month basis at a rate of $400 monthly retroactive to December 1.

Services for Children fiscal technician Marilyn Lazarus presented service provider contracts to the commissioners for consideration. In a follow-up motion, the commissioners signed an agreement for child placement services for Services for Children and Juvenile Probation with the Devereux Foundation for the fiscal years 2010-11 and 2011-12.

John Duffey was appointed to a term on the Fulton Industrial Development Authority. Duffey’s term of office is slated to conclude December 31, 2015. He will be filling a vacated position previously held by Bryan Koontz.

EMA/911 Director Ruth Strait appeared before the commissioners to discuss her department’s budget as well as the possible transitioning of the county-owned Dodge Durango for use by the Sheriff’s Office. Other finance-related items touched on by Strait in the presence of the commissioners and business manager Tim Stanton were the breakdown of telephone usage for 911 application purposes; shared expenses with wireless and landline funding; dues and memberships; supplies and uniforms; travel expenses; and HAZMAT funding.

Stanton went on to discuss a recent Tuscarora Managed Care Alliance (TMCA) Steering Committee that will likely result in Executive Committee members tackling the major topic of bonus payments to CBHNP at their meeting later Tuesday.

The commissioners appointed Lonnie Palmer, Mark Knepper, Tom Nesbitt and Ellis Yingling to the Farmland Preservation Board. Their terms of office are slated to begin January 1, 2012, and expire December 31, 2013.

Planning and Mapping Director Mary K. Seville and Chief Tax Assessor Michelle Sowers reported to the commissioners details regarding their recent trip to Cumberland County. The women researched how that specific county implements work associated with the Uniformed Parcel Identifier (UPI).

Cumberland County records 40,000 instruments or items yearly that require a UPI and UPI fee. Among those instruments are deeds. Items not qualifying for a UPI fee are wills, general powers of attorney and deeds of dedication for road rights-of-way.

It is estimated Fulton County records 2,300 instruments on a yearly basis and would also fall under the UPI legislation through Act 1 of 1998. Seville and Sowers further noted the bordering counties of Huntingdon, Bedford and Franklin are currently looking into the UPI program as well.

The department heads were instructed to obtain additional information pertinent to startup software costs and training in order to help determine if an individual could perform the work on a part-time or full-time basis along with aiding the planning and assessment offices in their duties.

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