2013-07-25 / Local & State

County Discusses Routine Business

Hears about library’s long-range plans
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

Representatives from the Fulton County Library sat down before Fulton County commissioners to share their long-range plans for not only staffing and outreach services but also the facility itself.

Commissioners Rodney Mc- Cray, Craig Cutchall and Irvin Dasher learned of the library’s long-range plan that has been undertaken by library executive director Jamie Brambley and a committee of board members. The tentative plan outlines strengths and weaknesses but also focuses on goals and key issues for the future.

According to the group, dated technology in the form of computers and laptops rate high on their list of priorities as does updating personnel manuals and improving on marketing and presence within the community. In addition, it was noted due to the highly successful children’s summer reading program and use of the children’s library, board members will be meeting with Lee Zeger and Jerre Parson of CES Engineering in the near future to address a possible expansion of that area and improvements to the parking lot.

An expansion would address room constraints and may enable children’s librarian Linda Burton to move from her current office and prep area to the children’s library for additional visibility. Brambley stated such a project would require funding, such as through the Keystone Grant.

Brambley moved on to discuss additional money the library has been able to obtain this year through the Stewart Grant and the Dollar General Store Grant. Stewart Grant funding allowed the library to purchase a new children’s computer for the children’s library, while the Dollar General Store Grant has allowed the library to provide for additional outreach in the southern end of the county, at daycare facilities and at the Cardinal Glenn Apartments.

In conclusion, the commissioners were thanked for their annual financial assistance and support of the library and its programs.

Lynn Miller, director of Christian Social Services, apprised the commissioners of their organization’s temporary office closure that is slated to begin this Friday. CSS is currently housed in the education building belonging to the McConnellsburg United Methodist Church on North Second Street, which, according to Miller, is being razed this fall for the construction of a new fellowship hall. Miller added CSS does not have liability insurance and as a result is looking for donated office space.

A purchase of service agreement was approved with Project Point of Light to provide services to Services for Children and juvenile probation services retroactive to July 1 through June 30, 2014.

The commissioners met with county solicitor Stanley Kerlin behind closed doors for potential litigation and later in the morning conducted an additional executive session with District Attorney Travis Kendall.

Marlin Lynch, president and governmental relations director for the Fulton County Farm Bureau, dropped by to personally invite the commissioners to the organization’s annual summer picnic that is scheduled for Sunday.

The commissioners spoke further regarding the newly designed county seal and suggested having a sign created from oak that would feature an engraved seal to hang in their office.

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