2012-02-09 / Local & State

Commissioners Attend To Busy Schedule

Appoint annual Flag Committee
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

The Fulton County commissioners attended to a busy schedule last Tuesday, giving a nod of approval to several agreements and purchases as well as the listing for the annual Flag Committee.

Among the agreements authorized on January 31, was an agreement with the McConnellsburg United Methodist Church for continued use of the parking lot located across from the Neighborhood Service Center along West Market Street.

Additional agreements were penned with Enviro-Tech, which will complete termite proofing on the courthouse and at 122 West Market Street. Expenses associated with the insect proofing includes a one-time fee of $1,548 and a $115 maintenance fee for the courthouse and a $828 one-time fee and a $95 maintenance fee for the Market Street facility.

County planner Mary K. Seville discussed a recent change in county policy that will allow only service dogs in county buildings. She further requested if action could be taken to prevent individuals from leaving animal feces on county property while walking.

The commissioners sat down with Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne and county technology director Eldon Martin to discuss to a photocopier failure. Following a recommendation, the commissioners approved the purchase of a copier in the amount of $999.

The commissioners went on to approve an agreement with Global Data Consultants for the purchase of anti-virus protection to be used between February 25 and February 24, 2014. Cost for the protection is $2,892.10.

Martin was then given permission to purchase two computers for the Services for Children facility at a cost of $464.83 each.

In a follow-up motion, the commissioners authorized an annual maintenance contact with Tele-Plus for the current year in the amount of $7,042.31.

Tom Bracelin from Millenium Insurance Group met with the commissioners and business manager Tim Stanton to review insurance proposals. Bracelin indicated his company has been in existence for 13 years, and the average health insurance renewal for Millenium clients has been running between 9 and 10 percent. In the event a $500 deductible would be selected by the county, the expected increase in health insurance would be 2.3 percent.

Sheriff Keith Stains informed the commissioners he was slated to attend the Pennsylvania Sheriff’s Association mid-winter conference on March 2 and 3. Stains also touched on the resignation of part-time deputy Tammy Kint.

Keller Engineers officials Joe Keller, Tom Morisi and Diana McClure reviewed the history of the organization’s previous work within the county. An additional review was done of the county’s three bridges. It was noted two of the bridges were bid out last year for repairs, but the bids came in over the projected budget. It was recommended the two bridge projects be bid as separate projects later this year.

The commissioners signed off on a request for payment totalling $2,255.44, which represents 20 percent of the cost for Allegheny Power to relocate power lines in the JLG turning lane project.

In the commissioners’ annual motion, the county Flag Committee was appointed for 2012. Several new members joined the long-standing committee members and include Robert Snyder and John Duffey, Ayr Township and McConnellsburg Borough; Ray Miller, Belfast Township; Charles Kave, Bethel Township; Donald M. Fischer Jr., Brush Creek Township; Doug Brown, Dublin Township; Donald Eisaman, Licking Creek Township; Clair Traxler, Taylor Township; Ernest Shives, Thompson Township; Donald Divens,Todd Township; Homer Stahle, Union Township; and Leslie “Jim” Sweger, Wells Township.

Solicitor Stanley Kerlin appeared before the commissioners with a request to attend the upcoming quarterly meeting of Children and Youth administrators in State College. After receiving approval, Kerlin stayed for a meeting with Chief Assessor Michelle Sowers, who noted a trial date for the Tri-State Medical Center tax appeal has been scheduled for September 7. The facility is requesting tax-exemption, according to reports. The group also reviewed the JLG tax assessment appeal and field work in preparation for tax bill printing.

Human Services Administrator Jean Snyder spoke with the commissioners regarding their recent sit-down with the Franklin County commissioners concerning the privatization of the Franklin/Fulton Mental Health/Mental Retardation (MH/MR) program. Snyder reportedly discussed the downside to using government-operated programs and stated overall she is comfortable with the concept of a privatized organization.

The commissioners minutes indicate Snyder’s chief concern is that an “organization is only as good as its board.” Meanwhile, Commissioner Craig Cutchall noted he was concerned about the county’s loss of reimbursement for the human services administrator position and a decrease in local service. While they are generally in agreement with the concept of forming a 501(c)(3) for the purpose of privatizing the services, they will be meeting with concerned consumers to discuss the topic on February 14 at 3 p.m.

The commissioners signed a child-placement service agreement with both Cornell Abraxas Group and Cornell Youth Services.

An agreement was then penned with Southcentral Community Action Agency, which will administer the Family Development Credentialing program for $11,000. The local match in the program has been calculated at $550.

The commissioners authorized the use of up to $500 in human services development funding to provide lunch for the upcoming Criminal Justice Advisory Board retreat.

District Attorney Travis Kendall and Chief Probation Officer Dan Miller informed the commissioners the county’s forfeiture fund has a large enough bottom line that it could be used to assist in purchases to benefit the county’s criminal justice system. Miller presented the commissioners with an invoice in the amount of $7,022.50 to arm probation officers with Tasers. The majority of cost associated with this purchase stems from Act 35 funding, which is paid monthly by those under supervision by the Probation Department. A breakdown of the cost shows $6,022.50 will be covered through Act 35 and the remaining $1,000 through the forfeiture fund.

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