2012-12-12 / Front Page

SF Accepts Gas Agreement

Allen Morton to serve as board president
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

After failing to accept a proposed agreement last month, the Southern Fulton School Board revisited the topic of a line extension agreement with Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania last Tuesday night.

With the matter not listed for consideration during the December 4 meeting, the board made a motion to add the agreement between the gas company and the district to the meeting agenda. Board member Danny Crouse voted against the agenda addition and went on to vote against accepting the agreement. Fellow board members David Smith and Timothy Mellott also dissented during the roll-call vote involving the acceptance of the agreement as well, while Sam Souders was not in attendance. The agreement dated retroactive to September 5 was therefore accepted on a 5-3 roll-call vote.

The agreement states “Columbia will construct, install and/or improve certain facilities at, near or necessary to provide natural gas service” to the junior/senior high school located at 13083 Buck Valley Road, Warfordsburg. As a result, an approximate 12,220-foot line will be run from the natural gas distribution main.

In connection with the work to be completed, the district will make a “non-interest bearing refundable deposit” totalling $537,512 to Columbia.

Furthermore, the document states, “on an annual basis Columbia will determine the total annual volume of natural gas used by customers served from service lines directly connected to the facilities. For each Dth of natural gas in excess of the projected annual gas usage of 2,700 Dth per year, the applicant (the district) shall be entitled to a refund.” The refunds will occur annually, beginning 12 months after the agreement is executed but not to exceed seven years.

In addition to releasing the agreement with Columbia Gas to the “News,” the district has also released a copy of an agreement with new interim superintendent Hervey Hann of Huntingdon. The document could not be obtained following the board’s meeting on November 20 due to the extended Thanksgiving holiday.

The agreement dated November 21, 2012, through June 30, 2013, indicates Hann will receive compensation totalling $1,200 in November, $1,200 in December and an additional $55,000 between January 1, 2013, and June 30, 2013. The $55,000 is prorated from an overall rate of $110,000 per year.

Hann is able to receive travel reimbursement, but the amount is not to exceed $400 monthly. He will also be granted use of five paid personal days.

Hann will be joined this year by newly elected board President Allen Morton and Patrick Bard in the capacity of vice president. Fellow board member Mark Mosemann will continue as Pennsylvania School Board Association liaison and member of the Fulton County Area Vocational- Technical School Joint Operating Committee.

The board tabled taking action on appointing a representative to the Fulton County Parks and Recreation Commission Board of Directors. Meanwhile David Smith will serve as the district’s representative on the Sewer Authority.

The board agreed to advertise for the varsity head soccer coach position for the 2013-14 school year on a 5-3 roll-call vote. Smith, Mellott and Tim Hull dissented.

Approval was granted for Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU) to attend the Teens Against Tobacco Youth Conference at the United Presbyterian Church in McConnellsburg on December 7.

Judith Schriver was given retroactive approval to attend the Center for Science and the Schools Wind for School Workshop: Harnessing and Transforming the Power of Young Minds at Penn State University on December 3 and 4.

A copy of the annual Taxpayer Relief Act known as the Act 1 resolution was approved by the board. The document stipulates that the board will not raise taxes more than its index of 2.4 percent.

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