2012-06-21 / Local & State

County Commissioners Tackle Full Schedule

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz


The Fulton County commissioners have attended to a busy schedule the last two weeks, handling a multitude of contracts and agreements as well as hearing from several department heads.

Heading last Tuesday’s agenda, the commissioners executed an agreement with Mission Critical Partners which will provide 911 consulting services to the county. Their fee will not exceed $30,000.

The commissioners went on to sign a purchase-of-service agreement with Bethanna for placement services in connection with the Services for Children office.

Liquid fuel fund applications in the amount of $2,300 and $2,500 were approved as submitted by the Bethel and Belfast township boards of supervisors.

Technology director Eldon Martin sat down with the commissioners on June 12 to discuss the need for a new copier in the probation office as well as a new DVR for the office of Magisterial District Judge Tamela Bard. The commissioners would later meet with Chief Probation Officer Dan Miller, who also emphasized the need for a new copier. As a follow up, the commissioners signed a 60-month lease agreement with Phillips Office Solutions for a copier / scanner / fax / printer at a monthly fee of $169.

Miller also indicated his desire to submit a grant application that if approved would help fund a new position. The position would help in the implementation of the Juvenile Justice Enhancement Strategy. The commissioners signed off on a letter to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to support the grant application.

A general sales agreement was accepted with Tele-Plus for the purchase of a DVR in the amount of $995.

A public hearing was held to review projects proposed for the 2013-16 Transportation Improvement Plan through the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission. Projects that are slated to be under way here during the fouryear period are the replacement of the bridge over Barnetts Run near the intersection of Sipes Mill Road and safety improvements to Gem Curve.

In a meeting with county human services administrator Jean Snyder, the county appointed multiple individuals to the Human Services Block Grant Planning Committee. Those receiving appointments include: Claire Hornberger and Ed Franchi of MH/MD; Rick Wynn representing Drug & Alcohol; Julia Dovey, Fulton County Partnership; Anne Harvey, Area Agency on Aging; Sister Margie Monahan, Fulton County Catholic Mission; county business manger Tim Stanton; Snyder; and the commissioners.

On Tuesday, June 5, the commissioners met with Fulton Industrial Development committee members David Washabaugh, Clyde Bookheimer and Paul Johnston on the development plans for the South Central Business Park. The recent development of a building for General Fasteners by Susan DeShong was discussed as was the proposed sale of a lot for a new Pennsylvania State Police barracks. The group concluded additional development opportunity could occur if they had an executive director.

A contract was approved with C. Hess and Sons Cabinetry for the installation of cabinets in the vault of the treasurer’s office.

An application presented by Ayr Township supervisors in the amount of $2,100 was approved for liquid fuel funding.

The commissioners learned the county’s wireless grant to the state was approved in its entirety, according to EMA/911 Director Ruth Strait and Sid Mc- Conahy from Mission Critical Partners. However, as the fund does not have sufficient funds to cover every request, funding will only be at 52 percent of the requested amount.

McConahy also informed the commissioners their communications equipment must be upgraded by the conclusion of 2012 in order to meet the federal government’s narrow banding requirements. In the event the county fails to meet the deadline, it could be fined up to $10,000 daily. The anticipated cost to upgrade the county’s two base stations is $14,474, Mc- Conahy said.

It was further noted that a request for grant funding submitted by the Hustontown Area Volunteer Fire Co. to address the narrow banding requirements was recently planned. If the request had been approved, the county had previously planned to work with the fire company on the upgrade

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