2013-10-24 / Local & State

County Sees To Routine Agenda

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

The Fulton County commissioners attended to a varied agenda last Tuesday, hearing comments regarding the upcoming vacant business manger position, signing construction contracts and adopting resolutions.

County prothonotary Patty Suders Fix kicked off the October 15 morning agenda with a discussion on the coordination of jury services. Fix informed the commissioners of the assistance she has been providing with jury coordination and how jury coordination will be conducted after the first of the year. Fix is currently tracking the hours she is logging with the work.

Treasurer Monica Seville sat down with the commissioners and provided comment on the business manager position currently held by Tim Stanton. As part of their weekly meeting minutes, the commissioners did not elaborate on what Seville’s comments entailed.

As previously reported by the “News,” commissioners Rodney McCray, Craig Cutchall and Irvin Dasher met behind closed doors to discuss Stanton’s resignation letter earlier this month. In addition to the position of business manager, Stanton has worn a variety of hats during his time with the county. He has also served as human resources person, head of buildings and grounds, and open records officer.

The board voted to reject the letter on a 2-1 roll-call vote, with Dasher dissenting. Regardless of the vote, Stanton is scheduled to step down from his position effective October 24. The commissioners are currently advertising the vacancy.

In other business last Tuesday, the commissioners approved a construction contract with TMS Excavating for ADA curb cuts in McConnellsburg for the amount of $49,637. In a follow-up motion, the commissioners went on to approve a second construction contract with TMS Excavating for Knobsville wastewater treatment plant upgrades and Hustontown Fire Co. concrete slab replacement in the amount of $38,958.

A letter of intent will be sent by the county to Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency committing toprovidinga3percent match on an application for grant funding to update the hazard mitigation plan.

The commissioners met with EMA/911 Director Ruth Strait and 911 consultant Sid McConahy of Mission Critical Partners. During the meeting, a resolution was adopted authorizing Planning and Mapping Director Mary K. Seville to execute all required forms and documents for the purpose of obtaining financial assistance for the hazard mitigation grant program.

McConahy informed the commissioners the existing contract with CenturyLink for maintenance of telephone equipment located in the 911 backup center expires at the end of June 2014. In addition, CenturyLink will not support the equipment after January 2015 due to its age. As a result, McConahy recommended entering into a six-month contract with CenturyLink for maintenance between July 1, 2014, and December 31, 2014.

The commissioners reviewed proposals that were previously submitted for warehouse/office space that could be used by the Fulton County Conservation District, Penn State Extension and other related offices currently housed in the former IGA building. No decision was made regarding the proposals.

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