2012-03-15 / Local & State

Commissioners Hear Conservation District Highlights

Approve 2012 CDBG allocations
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Seleen Shives, director of the Fulton County Conservation District, sat down with the Fulton County commissioners Tuesday afternoon for her monthly overview of her organization’s activities and achievements.

Noted under agricultural conservation programs, Shives said all concentrated animal feeding operations have been notified by the district of the annual review and potential need for updates to their nutrient management plans. There are currently six CAFOs in Fulton County.

Furthermore, plans are already under way to offer a series of workshops to county farmers to assist in the development of their manure nutrient management plans for their operations. Workshops have already been held on March 6 and 7, and an additional meeting will be held on March 14 at the Thompson Township building. On March 15 and 16, workshops will be conducted in the northern end of the county and will conclude with a March 17 meeting at Fulton Theatre in McConnellsburg.

Under the category of the Dirt and Gravel Road Program, the district has worked with Belfast, Licking Creek and Thompson township in the development of their applications. According to Shives, applications have been received to date for five potential worksites. Following the receipt of applications, each site was visited, photographed and evaluated. After a meeting of the local Quality Assurance Board, it was determined four of the projects will be funded.

Shives stated the district’s erosion and sediment control program specialist conducted multiple site meetings, including a timber harvest in Taylor Township; a residential development in Ayr Township; a farming operation in Bethel; the Breezy Point Bridge replacement in Licking Creek Township; and a borrow area along Buck Hollow Road, Ayr Township.

Last month, Shives added the district conducted its annual Ag Winter Meeting. Shives reported a record attendance for the event with 85 landowners and operators in attendance.

In other matters addressed on Tuesday, March 13, the commissioners, acting as the Salary Board, accepted a recommendation to hire Susan Bonilla as a Caseworker 2 for Services for Children. Bonilla is slated to receive $15.38 per hour, and her employment is effective March 14.

The commissioners and business manager Tim Stanton reviewed bills from Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates for work associated with a “redesign” and from Rodney B. Smith. An unresolved change order was also mentioned during the discussion.

Last Tuesday, the commissioners penned an agreement for placements with Adelphoi Village Inc. for the period beginning July 1, 2011, and ending June 30, 2012.

Business manager Stanton presented a proposal from Miles Horne & Sons to install a heat pump unit to serve the EMA/911 server room. The commissioners asked for a meeting to be arranged with Donald Horne to discuss the proposal further.

Stanton went on to discuss the asbestos report that had been prepared for the old jail and the remaining scope of abatement work. In conjunction, a proposal from The Baxter Group in the amount of $3,890 to perform the remaining abatement work was reviewed. Stanton added there is one additional area that might also have asbestos tile that was revealed after carpeting was removed last year. As a result, the group’s original proposal will likely need to be updated to include this area.

The commissioners sat down with special projects coordinator Karen Hann, who provided a history of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding since 1993. The 2012 allocation amount for Fulton County has been recorded at $212,608, and projects were submitted to Hann based upon a projected funding level of $222,000.

Project allocations approved for 2012 were the Hustontown Fire Co., $5,000; Fulton County Food Basket, $7,639; Mc- Connellsburg Sewer Authority, $70,000; Belfast Township – Needmore Water, $91,700, and program administration, $38,269.

On a motion by Commissioner Craig Cutchall, the commissioners approved a Request for Release of Funds and Certification for the following projects and to authorize Commissioner Rodney McCray to sign the appropriate paperwork: Taylor Township municipal building handicapped accessibility upgrade project; borough of McConnellsburg curb cutouts upgrade project; Employment and Training handicapped accessibility upgrade project; and Todd Township Village of Knobsville sewer system analysis and upgrade project.

Technology director Eldon Martin presented a quote for the purchase of a new computer in the Services for Children office in the amount of $457.84. The commissioners approved the purchase by signature.

The commissioners reviewed a proposed agreement with the American Red Cross for use of the three county senior citizen centers as shelters in the event of a disaster. During the review process and meeting with Alan Smith, executive director of the Area Agency on Aging, it was noted the agreement signature page will be rewritten for the commissioners to sign and execute the following week.

Several individuals were appointed to serve on the Huntingdon Bedford-Fulton Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council on the recommendation of Smith. Those receiving a nod of approval were Glenn Ward (Warfordsburg), Bob and Virginia McDonald (Needmore), Reed Feight (Waterfall), Ray and Joy Anderson (McConnellsburg), Franklin Smith (Fort Littleton) and Pauline Lynch (Needmore).

The commissioners rounded out their day with a meeting with architect Brian Haines of Crabtree Rohrbaugh & Associates to review design items on the old jail restoration. The commissioners also met with Haines and Darren Cassidy, of Palmer Construction, to review final items to be performed by Palmer Construction in finishing their current contract.

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