2013-05-16 / Local & State


County Handles Agenda Items
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz


The Fulton County commissioners handled a variety of issues as part of their weekly agenda Tuesday, including hearing about a new security requirement from department heads.

Chief probation officer Dan Miller and Sheriff Keith Stains sat down with the commissioners on May 14 to give an overview of the new regulation that will require fingerprinting and background checks or an escort for individuals having access to the county’s network rooms and servers during and after regular office hours. Main affected areas, according to the two department heads, would be the Sheriff’s Office, the Probation Department and Services for Children.

Employees from maintenance as well as technology director, business manager, the commissioners and the chief clerk will likely have to comply with these new regulations that were designed to keep individuals from coming into contact with sensitive information. Outside vendors would also be affected by this change.

Stains and Miller agreed to begin preparing a list of individuals, who would be required to undergo fingerprinting and a background check. It is hoped the entire process will be completed in the next several weeks.

In other matters overseen Tuesday, county auditors Rebecca Kendall, Sandra Stenger and Ellen Wagner provided an update on the current status of the annual, county audit report. An extension request to file the report with the Department of Community and Economic Development has already been granted by Fulton County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Douglas Herman, the auditors stated.

It was further noted the auditors anticipate they will need additional days to complete the audit. As a result, additional money will be needed in their department budget to cover the additional hours.

An application for liquid fuel funding was approved as submitted to the county by the Bethel Township Board of Supervisors. The township is slated to receive $1,242 through the funding request.

In meeting with county human services administrator Jean Snyder, the commissioners adopted and signed a proclamation announcing May as Mental Health Month in Fulton County. Snyder also presented the commissioners with a third-quarter expenditure report for Services for Children in the amount of $1,138,221. Snyder stated this is the first time in her nearly 40 year employment with the county that Services for Children costs are running higher than budgeted. The higher expenses have been linked to a significantly larger number of child placements, which are difficult to control since placements are court-ordered.

Last Tuesday morning, the commissioners penned an annual service agreement with CenturyLink for 911 equipment in the amount of $28,332.30.

In addition, an agreement was approved with Family Care Services to provide services to the Services for Children and Juvenile Probation offices through June 30, 2013.

County projects coordinator Karen Hann held a discussion regarding the Needmore sewer project as well as the county’s 2009 Community Development Block Grant allocation toward the project in the amount of $75,099.63. Concerns have been posed as CDBG requirements stipulate funding must be spent and a project be closed out in five years. The commissioners agreed to tell the Belfast Township supervisors that they need to make a decision on whether they will be using the money by August 1.

A 36-month agreement with Thomson West was approved effective May 9, 2013, for WestLaw and print publications as follows: the first 12-month total Westlaw amount will be $19,679.52 ($1639.96/month); the law library’s first 12-month amount for books will be $14,697.24 ($1224.77/month); and the district attorney’s first 12-month amount for books will be $5382 ($448.50/month).

A public meeting was held at 11 a.m. as previously advertised to consider the adoption of an ordinance for the Uniform Parcel Identifier. On hand for the meeting were solicitor Stanley Kerlin, chief assessor Michelle Sowers, planning & mapping director Mary K. Seville, chief cerk Daniel Swain and local resident Josiah Guyer. Kerlin explained the purpose of a Uniform Parcel Identifier and that the state Uniform Parcel Identifier law was first passed in 1998.

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