2013-03-14 / Local & State

Commissioners To Attend Meadow Grounds Lake Meeting

Hears monthly review of Conser vation District activities
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz


The Fulton County commissioners announced Tuesday their plans to attend an upcoming public meeting on the safety issues related to Meadow Grounds Lake.

Commissioners Rodney Mc- Cray, Craig Cutchall and Irvin Dasher confirmed they will be onhand for the March 21 meeting cohosted by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) and state legislators. Set to kickoff at 6 p.m. at McConnellsburg High School auditorium, the event is slated to include a question-andanswer session for those in attendance.

Speaking with Fulton County Conservation District Manager Seleen Shives regarding the quickly approaching event, the commissioners pointed out they did not receive any notification from PFBC on the public meeting. Instead, they learned of the meeting through a newspaper in neighboring Franklin County.

In a conference call two weeks ago, the commissioners had directly asked PFBC to keep them apprised of any new business or information pertaining to the proposed drainage of Meadow Grounds Lake. It was noted on Tuesday, their request was obviously not taken seriously.

Shives said her office has been in contact with PFBC to have their questions answered regarding the release of sediment and the future of the lake bed following the drawdown process. She also made reference to the exceptional water quality of Roaring Run.

Shives as well as watershed specialist Scott Alexander are tentatively planning on attending the public meeting as well, it was indicated.

In the meantime, the commissioners are moving forward with their plans to have their own engineer look at the Roaring Run Dam. A proposal was accepted Tuesday morning for Lee Zeger of CES Engineering to perform a dam inspection at a cost not to exceed $1,000.

The commissioners are interested in hearing additional opinions on the matter from Zeger.

Commissioner Cutchall noted the answers the county received during the previous conference call were “less than fulfilling.” McCray added the county wants to evaluate all studies as well as the history and list of repairs done at the dam over the years. They said they had been told the dam is inspected quarterly, however, no information was divulged as to what an inspection entails and who performs them.

“This has a major impact on us,” Cutchall said. “...We need answers.”

In other matters dealing with the Conservation District, Shives shared a “positive message” on activities and goings-on scheduled for the following months. Under the district’s agricultural conservation programs, Shives said four landowners are in the process of developing nutrient management plans for their operations. The district will reimburse the overall cost of developing these plans. It is anticipated around $30,000 may be leftover to implement some of the best management practices outlined in the plans.

Watershed specialist Alexander is in the process of preparing a grant application for the Trout in the Classroom program, according to Shives. The program gives students enrolled in grades three through 12 the opportunity to learn about coldwater conservation while raising brook trout from eggs to fingerlings. Future educational events being attended by the Conservation District include an Earth Day Festival at the county library on April 20 and the Fulton/Franklin County Envirothon at Cowans Gap State Park on April 30.

Meanwhile, the recycling program is thriving and doing well with county residents, under the direction of coordinator Greg Reineke, recycling more than 125,000 pounds of electronics. Shives went on to say Reineke is also organizing a tire recycling collection that is tentatively set for May 4. The possibility of holding a fluorescent tube/compact fluorescent collection here is also being researched.

The commissioners appointed several Fulton County residents to serve on the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Advisory Council. Among those recommended by AAA Executive Director Alan Smith and approved by the commissioners were Hustontown residents William and Patricia Bean; Needmore residents Pauline Lynch and Bob and Virginia MacDonald; Glenn Ward of Warfordsburg; and Ray and Joy Anderson of McConnellsburg.

At-large members authorized to serve on the Board of Directors of the Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission were Dan Brogdon, Heather Meck, Robert Yelnosky, Jay Cessna, Dennis Munko, Sharon Clapper and Art Wilkin.

A liquid fuel funding application in the amount of $324 was approved as submitted by Wells Township.

The board met behind closed doors for a 35-minute executive session to discuss personnel matters. No action was taken upon reconvening.

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