2013-10-03 / Front Page

County To Hold Open House For Newly Renovated Offices

October 18 open house includes jail
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

The Fulton County commissioners heard about ongoing construction projects Tuesday and announced the public will be given the opportunity to view newly renovated office facilities as part of an open house later this month.

Dick Miller of the Fulton County Historical Society sat down with the commissioners regarding the progress being made on the exterior upgrades to the sheriff’s office. The half bricks, being installed in conjunction with a contract with Redland Bricks, and various work was slated to be completed Tuesday or the following day. Miller went on to note that the Historical Society has given permission to the Jail Restoration Committee to purchase a plaque, which will commemorate all donors giving at least $1,000.

The commissioners and Miller also touched on an open house of renovated county facilities set for October 18. The open house will kick off at 1 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the renovated jailhouse.

An agreement was approved with Fulton Electrical Services, who will be completing the courthouse lightning-protection project for the amount of $30,975. In addition, a construction contract was approved with Gelvin & Son for the Brush Creek Township polling place upgrades totalling $15,725

Commissioner McCray was granted authorization to sign a request for release of funds and certification in connection with the proposed upgrades to the Knobsville sewer system, which is funded through the Community Development Block Grant.

A lease for the Mental Health Association of Franklin and Fulton counties to use McConnell Park on October 15 was approved.

The commissioners signed off on a notice to award TMS Excavating the McConnellsburg Borough curb cutouts project for the amount of $49,724.

The commissioners met with two representatives from Conrad Siegel Actuaries of Harrisburg to discuss the future of the county’s retirement fund. Later in the day, the commissioners were scheduled to meet with officials from F&M Trust on the fund, which is currently overseen and managed by C.S. McKee.

Ruth Strait, county EMA/911 director, talked about an upcoming vote that will select a firm to complete a feasibility study related to the 911 regionalization. After much debate and with some “reservations,” the commissioners agreed Strait should cast the county’s vote in favor of Mission Critical. Strait mentioned several counties were adamant in their support for Mission Critical, which has and continues “to do a lot of good for the county.”

Strait then met with the commissioners and Planning and Mapping Director Mary K. Seville on the 2015 update of the Hazard Mitigation Plan. Seville stated they have been made aware of grant money available through PEMA to contract the services of a consultant for the plan update. The commissioners agreed to apply for the monies.

Last Tuesday, the commissioners sat down with Franklin County Human Services Administrator Rick Wynn and Fulton County Human Services Administrator Jean Snyder regarding an “overmatch” for Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities/ Early Intervention office case management for fiscal year 2011-12. It was stated Fulton County’s share or portion of the $180,000 overmatch was $18,000, which the commissioners agreed to pay. Wynn related he did not anticipate a future overmatch and pointed out it occurred before case management was privatized.

In other matters, the group discussed the use of fines collected and paid through drivingunder the-influence convictions. Fifty percent of fines paid is earmarked for Fulton County, which is divided equally between jail costs and the drug and alcohol program. The county annually receives an estimated $7,500.

Wynn, Snyder and the commissioners also touched on the county’s joinder agreement with Franklin County. A draft of the newest joinder agreement slated to run from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014, was reviewed that includes recommendations from both Wynn and Snyder. The joinder, according to the commissioners, would reduce Fulton County’s match for services to 9 percent based on population.

The commissioners agreed to sign the joinder once an amendment was made adding specific invoice dates of November 15, February 15 and May 15, but noted they reserved the right to reject any late invoices.

The commissioners then approved a supplemental 2012-13 Human Services Block Grant payment to the Fulton County Partnership in the amount of $233.78 to cover an overage in the partnership’s overage in its transportation budget.

A proposal submitted by Service Master Professional Cleaning was accepted for the cleaning of carpets in probation and domestic relations offices of the Neighborhood Service Center.

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