2013-05-02 / Front Page

County Tackles Agenda Items

Commissioners to look into grant funding for Buck Valley Park
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

The Fulton County commissioners whittled down some long-standing items on their weekly agenda Tuesday, including the possible establishment of a Keystone Opportunity Zone locally and improvements proposed for Buck Valley Park.

Commissioner Rodney Mc- Cray told fellow commissioners Irvin Dasher and Craig Cutchall he has contacted a representative of Southern Alleghenies regarding the implementation of a Keystone Opportunity Zone (KOZ) in county. While waiting on a response, McCray noted he contacted Warfordsburg area resident Ed and Alice Layton concerning the enrollment of their properties in the program, which allows economically distressed urban and rural communities to greatly reduce their tax burden for a period of time.

The Laytons, according to re- ports, are interested in putting the area surrounding the old Tastee Freez, the Exxon gas station and the former Texaco property into a KOZ, as a means of attracting new businesses and employment opportunities to the area. It was also suggested talking to fellow landowners Robert and Helen Layton regarding their property.

In other matters addressed April 30, the commissioners received a request from Mc- Connellsburg resident Lucille Warthin regarding the placement of a Christmas tree on county property over the holidays later this year. Warthin indicated in her correspondence to the commissioners the tree could be in place and decorated prior to Christmas in McConnellsburg and kept standing through New Year’s.

The commissioners agreed to Warthin’s request although an official site for the tree will not be determined until a later date.

Chief Clerk Dan Swain presented the commissioners with an updated wish list of sorts from the Buck Valley Park Association. The association is hoping to obtain funding to help offset the costs of several improvement projects such as fixing ballfields and the pavilion, new playground equipment and upgrading the bandstand ramp to meet handicapped accessibility standards. The commissioners instructed Swain to find out if Greener Growing II funds are still available through the state to assist with these projects.

Swain went on to suggest the placement of local artwork in the courtroom and in the Neighborhood Service Center building. Swain stated Southern Fulton School District art teacher Carolyn Mottern has students willing to display an array of photographs, and local artists Nancy Hogan and Chris Hill are interested as well in showing their works. The chief clerk said he would put together an art release form in conjunction with displaying these pieces.

Technology director Eldon Martin met briefly with the commissioners about the possible purchase of sound system equipment to be used in county functions at McConnell Park such as Veterans Day and Memorial Day later this month. The expense, which could be up to $500, will be covered through the Technology Department’s budget.

The commissioners addressed a question from Prothonotary Patty Suders Fix on talking and texting on cellphones by employees during work hours. Commissioner McCray stated the county does not have a policy on personal cellphone use during work. All three commissioners agreed there is no need to set policy on the matter, and the issue should be handled by individual department managers within their own offices.

Information was received by the commissioners from Mc- Connellsburg area resident Doug Martz regarding a geologist’s recent visit to the Meadow Grounds area to speak with homeowners about their well water. No action was taken.

Special projects coordinator Karen Hann presented the commissioners with several photos of the Brush Creek Township municipal building used as a polling place during elections. Due to the deterioration on the front of the building, the commissioners discussed the possible relocation of the polling place to another facility. Commissioner Dasher was scheduled to meet with the Brush Creek Township Board of Supervisors Tuesday evening to review the issue further.

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