2013-07-04 / Local & State

Commissioners Bids Opened On Sale Of AAA Vehicles

Future of jury commissioner positions discussed
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz


The Fulton County commissioners along with Area Agency on Aging Executive Director Alan Smith opened bids Tuesday morning for the sale of 16 used vehicles operated by the Aging Agency.

In what turned out to be an hour-long bid opening, a multitude of bids were tallied and recorded for a variety of 1990s and 2000 models and makes of vans and minibuses. Apparent high bidders included Joe Clark from J.C. Motors of East Freedom, who was the high bidder for vehicle #53 ($300), vehicle #110 ($800) and vehicle #116 ($800).

Bedford resident Richard Lashley was also the reported high bidder during the July 2 opening for vehicle #62 ($1,399.99), vehicle #86 ($1,299), vehicle #89 ($899), vehicle #96 ($1,699.99), vehicle #98 ($1,599.99), vehicle #115 ($1,099.99) and vehicle #117 ($899.99). In addition, Claysburgbased Tips Auto Sales was the apparent high bidder for vehicle #108 ($1,300), vehicle #112 ($1,400), vehicle #113 ($1,400), vehicle #114 ($1,300), vehicle #120 ($1,100) and vehicle #123 ($1,150).

Others submitting bids for the used AAA vehicles were Mike Smith of Bedford; Kevin Cook, Bedford; Snyder Bus Lines of Everett; Marline Watkins, Robertsdale; the Fulton County commissioners; Kevin Getz of Huntingdon; Saxton VFW Post 4129; Imler resident Patricia Defibaugh; and RW&BT Volunteer Ambulance Co.

In other matters, Smith also touched upon the budget that was passed Sunday and includes an additional allotment of $50 million for AAAs across the commonwealth. That money will hopefully address local issues such as the waiting list for inhome care, the CART transportation program and upgrades for senior centers.

Last Tuesday, the commissioners approved a contract with Cornell Abraxas Group that will provide services to the Services for Children and Juvenile Probation offices. The contract is slated to begin July 1 and run through June 30, 2014.

A proposal was approved as submitted by Redland Bricks to perform roofing and flashing repair on the walkway or bridge linking the courthouse and the sheriff’s office. The work is slated to cost $610.

The commissioners sat down with elected jury commissioners Glenn “Pete” Ford and Doretta Mellott to discuss future action they are set on taking under Act 4 of 2012, which would abolish their positions. In turn, the commissioners are proposing the creation of two part-time positions to cover work currently overseen by the commissioners. A job description will be created with input by Ford and Mellott, and the positions will be posted internally for one week.

The commissioners met behind closed doors for approximately 40 minutes to discuss a personnel matter. No action was taken upon reconvening.

EMA/911 Director Ruth Strait informed the commissioners of the availability of funding to update the county’s Hazard Mitigation Plan. However, due to stipulations surrounding the grant, it would not be worth the county applying for the funding, Strait said. Regardless of how or if the plan receives funding, staff will still be required to update the document by the end of 2015.

A professional service engineering contract was penned with CES Engineering, which will oversee bid documents, permitting and contract administration for lightening protection associated with the courthouse roof.

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