2013-09-26 / Front Page

County Handles Routine Agenda

Gives tax exemption to two properties
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

amount of $30,975.

A purchase of service agreement was penned with Children’s Home of York for the period beginning July 1, 2013, and ending June 30, 2014, for services to be provided to the Services for Children and the Juvenile Probation offices.

Technology director Eldon Martin presented the commissioners with a request from a local nonprofit wishing to obtain e-mail addresses from the county’s domain name. The commissioners agreed to not grant the organization’s request. Martin went on to discuss the need to replace the county’s aging e-mail server software as well as the future need to update the county’s Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA) software. Martin was granted permission to begin the installation of the new e-mail server software and to obtain pricing for replacement of the CAMA software.

Wendy Melius, executive director of the Center for Community Action, sat down with the commissioners to provide a review on the services provided to local residents by her organization. Melius also touched on recent changes to state requirements for GED testing sites effective January 1. The new requirements, according to Melius, will likely eliminate satellite testing sites. Therefore, Fulton County residents will likely have to travel an additional distance to take the GED test.

Franklin/Fulton County court administrator Mark Singer updated the commissioners on jury selection software training that is currently under way. Singer reported he sees no problem in being ready for the upcoming jury selection in October.

A late morning bid opening was held regarding the Knobsville sewer and Hustontown Fire Co. handicapped accessibility upgrades projects, which are funded through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). TMS Excavating LLC of McConnellsburg submitted the lone bid that was tabled for further review.

Chief assessor Michelle Sowers presented the commissioners with a request for tax exemption from Rehobeth New Life Church, which recently purchased property in the village of Needmore for use as a place of worship. The request for tax exemption was approved. Sowers also reported the Needmore Volunteer Fire Co. recently removed a house from its property, which was also approved for tax exemption.

A CDBG bid opening was also held regarding the curb cutouts for McConnellsburg Borough. Bids received and held for review were from TMS Excavating and McCoy Brothers of Mercersburg.

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