2013-01-16 / Local & State

Commissioners Handle Full Schedule

County to meet with fire company, EMS chiefs on communication issues
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

The Fulton County commissioners attended to a busy schedule this Tuesday, sitting down with multiple department heads and penning numerous contracts and agreements.

Special projects and Community Development Block Grant coordinator Karen Hann sat down with the commissioners on January 15 to review requests for funding through the 2013 CDBG program. A total of 12 entities have requested an allocation for this year for projects ranging from curb cut-outs to water systems.

According to Hann, a lot of money has been requesting during this funding period, however not a lot of money is available. As a result, a few of the proposed projects may be placed on the threeyear plan.

Hann went on to update the commissioners on multiple CDBG contract revisions for the years 2008-2011. Hann’s suggestions included flip-flopping several allocations in order for the county not to lose funding in cases where projects are unfinished. In addition, the 2011 contract year incorporates the Wells Tannery water system as a project to “get it on the books.”

The commissioners spoke via conference call with Wendy Melius of the Center for Community Action (CCA). As a result of the discussion, the commissioners approved paperwork regarding an Emergency Solution Grant for Fulton County totalling $50,000. CCA was also authorized to serve as a subcontractor and provide services through the grant related to rental assistance for the homeless and those at risk for being homeless; arrears for utilities; and case management.

In regard to her duties associated with voter registration, Hann informed the commissioners a total of 356 inactive voters were cut from the county’s voter registration list. The voters were deemed inactive after having failed to vote during the last eight years and in two federal elections.

Ruth Strait, EMA/911 director, suggested setting up a meeting between the commissioners and local fire and EMS chiefs to discuss any communications concerns they currently have. In addition to inviting three representatives from each of the county’s three fire stations, Strait indicated she would like to invite consultant Sid McConahey, who could provide an overview of the 911 regionalization and a grant he recently applied for.

Strait also met with the commissioners in executive session to discuss a personnel issue. No action was taken upon reconvening.

Strait was also in attendance along with Jean Snyder, Tim Stanton, Hann and Bobby Snyder of Snyder Insurance Agency as members of the county Safety Committee. Snyder presented the commissioners with a PComp/PCorp end-of-theyear report outlining open and closed claims.

Real estate agent Anthony D’Anna again met with the commissioners regarding the possible purchase of the old IGA building located on North First Street. The approximate asking price for the facility is $459,000.

The commissioners adopted the certification of county funds for the 2013 Farmland Preservation program in the amount of $4,156.

The commissioners met with Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott and county technology director Eldon Martin pertinent to a request to lease a copier/ scanner/fax for Mellott’s office. A 60-month lease was approved with Office Impact at a monthly rate of $128.38. A second purchase was also authorized for the office to replace an aging laptop computer. The new computer is slated to cost $564.29.

In addition, the commissioners went on to replace a computer in their office at a cost of $399.99.

Payments were authorized for Abel Recon and G.H. Anderson, respectively, totalling $ 18,000 and $37,489.85.

A change order in the amount of $4,151.97 was approved in connection with the need for additional meters for the Needmore water project.

Notice of intent to award the McConnellsburg Borough curb-cut project was penned with Land Logics of Mechanicsburg.

An agreement was reached with Travis and Amanda Kendall to provide office space to the victim witness coordinator at a monthly cost of $400. The Kendalls will also provide office space for the district attorney for a monthly fee of $700.

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