2012-03-29 / Local & State

County Conducts Routine Business

Final town meeting Thursday in Warfordsburg
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

The Fulton County commissioners tended to a variety of routine agenda items Tuesday as they made preparations for their final town meeting to be held later in the week.

Commissioners Rodney Mc- Cray, Craig Cutchall and Irvin Dasher will be meeting with interested constituents Thursday, March 29, at the Warfordsburg Senior Center. The 7 p.m. meeting will include an update on county finances, facility renovations and infrastructure projects across the county.

In addition to discussing the impending gathering, the commissioners sat down this week with special projects coordinator Karen Hann to modify the 2008 and 2009 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) allocation. As was approved for the 2008 fiscal year, the CDBG allocation was set forth by the commissioners as follows: McConnellsburg and Hustontown senior centers, $1,175; Taylor Township accessibility upgrades, $25,000; Wells Township Community Center renovations, $40,000; Fulton County Food Basket renovations and equipment, $31,090; CareerLink office handicapped ramp, $1,242.37; Borough curb cut-outs, $50,000; Food Basket cooler/freezer and handicapped accessibility upgrades, $12,200; Wells Tannery Community Center, $10,000; and administration, $41,106.

In addition, the 2009 allotment was modified to allocate funding to the Wells Tannery Community Center, Food Basket HVAC installation, Hustontown Joint Sewage Authority, McConnellsburg Senior Center, Belfast Township - Needmore sewer and administration. The funding totalled $229,746.

In other matters, Hann presented a request from the Food Basket to purchase a laminator at a cost not to exceed $2,750 from 2010 CDBG funding. The commissioners signed off on the request for money.

Business manager Tim Stanton reviewed the National Association of Counties (NACo) prescription discount card program. The program was implemented here on a county-level in 2007. Since that time, the program has saved local residents $72,867 in prescription costs.

EMA/911 Director Ruth Strait along with Planning & Mapping Director Mary K. Seville presented information pertaining to a proposed Haz- Mat Response Team contract with EP&S. The duo also apprised the commissioners of information regarding an emergency weather exercise that will be held in the near future at the county school districts.

The commissioners and Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott met with Jerre Parson, of Dennis E. Black Engineering, to discuss the redesign of the former domestic relations office.

A public hearing was held during the late morning hours to take comment on the proposed allocation for the 2012 CDBG program. No members of the public were on hand to speak on the issue. The proposed allocation currently has money earmarked for the Hustontown Fire Co., Fulton County Food Basket, McConnellsburg Sewer Authority, Belfast Township Needmore Water, and program administration. The annual allocation totals $212,608.

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