County Attends To Routine Business
The Fulton County commissioners attended to routine business the last two weeks, signing multiple contracts associated with ongoing construction and renovation of buildings and hearing about projects elsewhere in the county.
Last Tuesday, the commissioners sat down with Anthony D’Anna from Re- MAX Realty, who asked to meet with the commissioners in order to provide information related to the purchase price of the old IGA building. The commissioners are reviewing what was presented by D’Anna but did not elaborate on what the quoted price was.
The commissioners moved on to meet with Southern Fulton School District interim Superintendent Hervey Hann, school board President Allen Morton and board member Danny Crouse. Hann advised the commissioner an extension of a natural gas line to the high school property line has been approved. It was suggested the county consider developing an industrial park in that area. The group also asked if funding is available to help with expenses incurred by the district in bringing gas to their building.
The commissioners signed an agreement and notice to proceed with R.A. Hill Inc., which will be overseeing the replacement of columns at the courthouse. The bid from R. A. Hill totalled $78,000. A notice of intent to award was then signed with Olson Contracting & Construction Inc. for the courthouse roof- replacement project.
William Bean of Hustontown was appointed to the Citizen’s Advisory Council for the tri- county Area Agency on Aging.
The board reconvened last Thursday to enter into an an agreement with L.R. Wilson Seamless Gutters Inc. for gutter and downspout work in the amount of $8,145.
A purchase- of- service agreement was penned with Dr. David Leaman, who will perform work for Juvenile Probation and Services for Children.
Two contracts totalling $36,000 and $12,000 were approved with Rodney B. Smith Plumbing and Heating. The company will be completing the mechanical and plumbing work in connection with a new magisterial district judge office in McConnellsburg. In addition, an electrical contract was also accepted totalling $25,700 with Fulton Electrial Services LLC for the same renovation project.
The final contract for the project, for general contract work, was approved with Southern Contractors in the amount of $147,888 pending solicitor approval of Performance and Payment Bonds. The commissioners noted solicitor Stanley Kerlin said the bonds met all requirements.
Wayne MacDonald was appointed to a term on the Conservation District Board of Directors, commencing January 1, 2012.
On December 4, business manager Tim Stanton gave a brief overview of 911 office reports from 2010 and 2011 that will be sent to Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. In looking at 911 expenses for the county, Stanton noted that the county is spending more on expenses in comparison to incoming grant money.
Commissioners Craig Cutchall added he recently attended a meeting where 911 expenditures were discussed and there does not appear to be any immediate relief for counties. He also said in certain areas of the state regionalized efforts are under way as a means of saving counties money.
Stanton announced he recently met with human services administrator Jean Snyder and Marilyn Lazarus of Services for Children regarding the office’s 2012 budget. Stanton stated the budget can get out of whack quickly as judges determine locations and treatment in child placements.
He went on to say the county will likely be saving money in several areas of the Services for Children budget, including adoptions, foster care and contracted services. Stanton referred to that money as “real money savings.” Based on his findings on that office, the commissioners agreed to a budget transfer totalling $160,000.
The commissioners met behind closed doors with Stanton and county Treasurer Monica Seville to discuss personnel issues and followed it with a private discussion with jury commissioners Doretta Mellott and Pete Ford. The executive sessions lasted around an hour.
Following a multi-hour meeting over the afternoon hours, the commissioners returned to their office at 3 p.m. to meet with county auditors Rebecca Kendall, Sandra Stenger and Ellen Wagner. The commissioners indicated the auditors have completed the 2011 audit.
The commissioners then met with McConnellsburg Senior Citizen Center representatives Dora Lynch, Elizabeth Spriggs, Carol Waters and Karen Covert regarding their concerns that a fulltime assistant manager is needed at the facility. Spriggs pointed out that only several years ago, two assistants were employed at the center.
Solicitor Stanley Kerlin and county clerk Dan Swain discussed several items related to ongoing construction projects.