2012-12-26 / Local & State

County Revisits Pike 2 Bike Development

Bid opening held for borough curb-cuts
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

After a multi-year hiatus, the topic of the Pike 2 Bike on the abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike that runs through northern Fulton County has again come to the attention of the Fulton County commissioners.

On Tuesday, December 18, the commissioners sat down with planning director Mary K. Seville and Seleen Shives, Conservation District manager, regarding rejuvenated plans in neighboring Bedford County to improve existing trails there that would also include the Pike 2 Bike.

The commissioners were reminded that the majority of Pike 2 Bike actually lies in Fulton County, and the suggestion was made that a future endeavor could possibly be a joint effort between both counties.

Seville indicated prior boards of commissioners had agreed to look into the matter but then opted not to pursue it further.

Also on hand for the discussion was Bedford County planning director Don Schwartz, who said the old turnpike has the potential to become a world-class trail because nothing else exists like it in the world. Furthermore, the possibility exists the trail could attract tens of thousands of visitors on an annual basis.

Even though a study for the re-use of the property was completed approximately six years ago, Schwartz pointed out it did not include an economic impact study.

Schwartz went on to elaborate that as part of the Bedford County commissioners business last Tuesday they agreed to appropriate $5,000 from their Marcellus shale recreation funding to apply for Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor funding to help fund an economic study.

While no formal action was taken by Fulton’s board of commissioners, interest was expressed in seeing Fulton County benefit economically from the development of the Pike 2 Bike trail. The commissioners further agreed to consider how they may participate with Bedford County in this venture.

A purchase agreement was signed with Tele-Plus to provide security and access equipment installation for the new office of Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott. The agreement between Tele-Plus and the county totalled $5,478.00.

Notices to proceed were signed with the following contractors in connection with that same Magisterial District Judge office: Southern Contractors (general), Rodney B. Smith (plumbing and mechanical), and Fulton Electrical (electrical).

Anne Harvey was appointed to a term of office on the Fulton County Housing Authority Board. Harvey’s term is to begin January 1, 2013, and conclude December 31, 2015.

In a follow-up motion, Commissioner Irvin Dasher was appointed to serve as the commissioner representative on the Conservation District Board of Directors for 2013.

A Community Development Block Grant bid opening was held for the Mc- Connellsburg curb-cut project. Several contractors were in attendance at the opening, which saw bids recorded from Land Logics Group of Camp Hill ($91,330 for all bids); R.A. Hill Inc. of Chambersburg ($121,242); TMS Excavating LLC of Mc- Connellsburg ($108,370.72); and Southern Contractors from Three Springs ($122,062). The bids were tabled for further review.

The commissioners authorized the purchase of updated computer software for the assessment office in the amount of $1,400. The updated software was needed, according to chief assessor Michelle Sowers, due to the State Tax Equilazation Board now requiring the online submission of sales records.

Sowers also discussed a land conveyance that caused a local property to violate the terms of Clean and Green. The commissioners agreed to allow for a correctory deed to be issued so the violation would not occur.

The commissioners attended a 911 consolidation presentation in the EMA conference room given by Sidney McConahy, 911 consultant with Mission Critical. McConahy outlined how a regionalization would affect the county which would fall under the Southcentral Mountains Region.

Stan McKee, Penn State Extension director, discussed the future location of the county extension office.

A 25-minute executive session was held behind closed doors to discuss personnel matters. No action was taken upon reconvening.

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