2012-05-31 / Front Page

No Gypsy Moth Spraying This Year

Gypsy moth co-ordinator to perform countywide sur vey
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

The Fulton County commissioners learned this week it shouldn’t be necessary for the county to offer a gypsy moth spray program locally before the year 2014.

County gypsy moth spray coordinator Earle Yearsley informed commissioners Rodney McCray, Craig Cutchall and Irvin Dasher Tuesday that he wished to perform a countywide survey to determine the activity level of gypsy moths in the county. Given permission to move forward with his annual assessment, Yearsley also noted the state is expected to complete an aerial survey of the area in late June or early July. The aerial survey could potentially be followed by on-site surveys by the state as necessary.

In addition, Yearsley requested during the May 29 conference call to attend a conference in Ligonier, Pa., on June 14. State officials are slated to provide county co-ordinators at that time with an overview of their plans to deal with the gypsy moth infestation in coming years. Attendance at the conference is mandatory if the county intends to offer spraying in future years.

Even though Yearsley said he doesn’t anticipate the county needing to offer spraying locally before 2014, he did state the potential exists for increased infestation. Furthermore, counties within 70 to 80 miles of Fulton County are anticipating infestations in the next two years because the fungus needed to keep the moths in check is not as prevalent as it is here.

The commissioners sat down with county solicitor Stanley Kerlin, who provided a brief update on his ongoing review of bids received and opened last week for general construction and electrical work to be completed at the jailhouse. Kerlin stated the bids received through Phase 3 of the construction project appear to be in order. He indicated the commissioners maintain the option of accepting a bid or rejecting all bids in order for the project to be rebid.

Kerlin went on to say he received communication pertaining to the credit line for the Tuscarora Managed Care Association, which was established by Franklin and Fulton counties. In the event TMCA was to go bankrupt, Kerlin said the counties would be responsible for paying their prorated share.

Technology coordinator Eldon Martin informed the commissioners that the courthouse elevator needs to be brought up to code compliance for rescue efforts in the event the doors fail to open. Martin will continue to investigate the options available to the county. Martin also discussed the possibility of relocating the county identification scanner/reader to the other side of the courthouse’s rear door. The commissioners agreed to the change that will cost $725, and the work will be coordinated with the upcoming renovation work.

A bid opening was held for the Taylor Township handicapped accessibility project, which is being funded through the Community Development Block Grant project. Companies submitting bids included Eagle Construction, $34,700 (base bid); Palmer Construction Co., $32,800; Gelvin and Son LLC, $25,502.12; and TMS Excavating LLC, $36,650. Each company also turned in an alternate bid for the project. Action on the bids was tabled pending further review.

County human services administrator Jean Snyder touched on the current state budget proposal, which would block human services funding. Snyder presented the commissioners with a synopsis prepared by the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania that outlined the need for a public hearing to hear from interested providers. In the event the state budget is approved as proposed, the county would need to implement the new human services program on July 1.

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