2011-12-29 / Front Page

County Tackles Tuesday Agendas

Commissioners meet December 20, 27
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

After tackling the adoption of the 2012 county budget Tuesday, the commissioners tended to a light agenda that included approval of change orders and policy approval.

A change order totalling $790 received a nod of approval for Palmer Construction to “rework” the landing railing of the rear entrance to the Fulton County Courthouse.

An agreement was signed with Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall for provision of temporary secretarial assistance between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2012. The individual is not permitted to work more than 25 hours weekly.

Angela Bershatsky was hired as a Caseworker 1 through the office of Services for Children. Bershatsky’s employment is slated to begin January 3.

The GASB 54-County Fund Balance Policy was adopted by the commissioners as presented. Furthermore, an additional policy entitled Employee Benefits was amended to include the following statement: “Elected officials are exempt from the 60-day provision of this policy.”

The commissioners sat down with special projects coordinator Karen Hann, who presented Help America Vote Act (HAVA) reports from the first quarter of the 2011- 12 fiscal year. The documents were signed showing no expenditures for the quarter, and Hann reported a HAVA reimbursement totalling $18,000 should soon be available for placement in the general fund.

Hann further noted she must continue reporting on the Fulton County Food Basket parking lot project even though it has been completed for quite some time. The continued reporting is necessary until the audit is completed.

Last Tuesday, the commissioners appointed Sid McConahy to a two-year term on the Southern Alleghenies EMS Council commencing January 1, 2012, and ending December 31, 2013.

During a meeting with EMA/911 Director Ruth Strait, the commissioners granted Commissioner Bonnie Mellott Keefer authorization to sign the certification for authorized use of 911 Funds under Chapter 53, Emergency Telephone Service, of Title 35 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes.

The county entered into a monthly lease agreement totalling $1,050 with Ronald E. Horne and Donald E. Horne of Miles W. Horne and Sons, to continue renting a portion of the building located at 27952 Great Cove Road, Fort Littleton. As a result, Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne will continue housing his office in the facility through December 31, 2016.

An additional lease agreement was also penned with Travis and Amanda Kendall for the use of 126 North Second Street in the amount of $700 per month and 130 North Second Street for $400 per month for the term beginning January 1, 2012, and ending December 31, 2012. Following the conclusion of the agreement, the lease will continue on a month-to-month basis thereafter.

The commissioners announced they recently met with the Franklin County commissioners to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of privatizing Franklin / Fulton Mental Health Mental Retardation. The commissioners said they will be exploring this option further and will schedule a follow up meeting with the Franklin County commissioners in order to render a joint decision.

A professional service contract for engineering was signed with Dennis E. Black Engineering Inc. in an amount not to exceed $15,000 for design work in conjunction with the east side of North Second Street.

A bid contract was awarded to Grannas Brothers Stone & Asphalt Co. from Hollidaysburg, Pa., in the amount of $898,425.56 for the JLG turning lane project. The commissioners’ decision was based on the recommendation of PennDOT officials and project engineer Tom Morisi of Keller Engineers, Inc.

A revision was made to the 2008 CDBG contract to reallocate program money in the amount of $2,120 from a housing rehab project to the Fulton County Food Basket projects. In a follow-up motion, the commissioners signed the application and certificate for final payment from M. S. Johnston Co. of Hagerstown, Md., in the amount of $6,860 for the Food Basket cooler/freezer project.

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