2012-07-12 / Local & State

County Tackles Routine Business

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

The Fulton County commissioners handled a routine agenda last week with many issues dealing with the ongoing renovation of county buildings.

Taylor Township residents Gennaro Carracino and Lavonna Lohr aired some questions they had pertaining to their property located at 5367 Waterfall Road. Also in attendance at the meeting were county Chief Tax Assessor Michelle Sowers and Mapping and Planning Director Mary K. Seville.

According to the commissioners, Carracino noted he would like to obtain additional information concerning his property. He further indicated he had not previously been given all of the information he had requested. The commissioners noted that to date the county has provided all information on the record. Carracino was instructed to write down the information and records he is specifically requesting.

A bid opening ceremony was held related to the demolition of the old probation office. Bids opened include Hess Excavating, $18,250; D.H. Martin Excavating, Inc., $44,300; and T.M.S. Excavating, $20,306. The bids were tabled for further review.

The commissioners announced in other constructionrelated business, commissioners Rodney McCray and Irvin Dasher have agreed to serve as clerks of the works for the renovation of the old jailhouse.

Local attorneys Travis Kendall, Stanley Kerlin and Dwight Harvey met with the commissioners and prothonotary Patty Suders Fix as members of the Fulton County Law Library Committee. The group discussed the future filing of books and materials at the law library. The commissioners agreed to work on a long-term solution to ensure that the library is adequately staffed.

Chief Clerk Dan Swain, who also serves in the capacity of director of project development, reviewed the status of the stormwater project and remaining work to be completed at the courthouse. The bidding associated with the stormwater project will be delayed until 2013, but the bidding for the courthouse renovation and replacement of bandshell roofing will begin soon.

On Thursday the commissioners reconvened to have a sitdown meeting with architect Brian Haines and John Kostelac of East Coast Construction on the scope of work outlined in the jailhouse renovation contract. Haines will prepare a change order to summarize any proposed deductions.

In a follow-up motion, the commissioners awarded the jail’s electrical contract to Keystone Electric of McConnellsburg. The company had previously bid $39,100 to complete the electrical upgrades at the facility.

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