2013-11-07 / Local & State

Commissioners Handle Routine Business

Harrisburg firm to assist with budget, accounting needs
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

With county business manager Tim Stanton tendering his resignation last month, the Fulton County commissioners have been deciding how his various duties will be handled until a replacement is named.

Last Tuesday, the commissioners opened their weekly meeting with a conference call to Sam Lynch of Susquehanna Group Advisors Inc. to discuss the possibility of the county receiving assistance with budget preparations, accounting consultation and interviewing chief financial officer candidates. Solicitor Kerlin would later sit down with the commissioners to discuss the proposed agreement, which was unanimously approved.

The agreement stipulated that Susquehanna Group Advisors, Inc. of Harrisburg will provide accounting services on an as-needed basis. The firm is contracted for up to two days weekly at a rate of $175 per hour plus travel expenses.

Planning and mapping director Mary K. Seville and Bedford County resident John Maxwell discussed the plans for the Pike 2 Bike project. The commissioners noted that even though they were in support of the project, they had concerns regarding security and overall operation of the project in the event money can be obtained.

An agreement was signed with Travis and Amanda Kendall to house the victim witness coordinator at a monthly rate of $400 for 2014. The Kendalls will also provide office space for the district attorney at a monthly rate of $700 next year.

A proposal was accepted as presented by Fulton Electrical Services for the removal of flashing lights from three signs along Lincoln Highway. The company is slated to receive $1,890 for its work.

A follow-up proposal submitted by Charlie Reed was accepted in the amount of $1,500 for stormwater mitigation work at the northern entrance of the probation office.

As was discussed in June during a meeting of the county Records Improvement Committee, the commissioners adopted a records improvement plan that includes imaging for archival purposes, moving all offices to Windows 7 or later, seamless user experience in navigating land records, single log-in to all county services and survey-level GIS.

On October 22, the commissioners penned an agreement with Forensic Pathology Associates for the completion of autopsies at a rate of $1,344 per procedure.

Jessica Wigfield was hired to serve in the capacity of Caseworker II effective November 12.

Solicitor Stanley Kerlin and human services administrator Jean Snyder sat down with the commissioners to review a proposed joinder renewal agreement with neighboring Franklin County. In a follow-up motion, the contract was signed to establish the joint mental health/intellectual disabilities program and drug and alcohol program.

Maintenance employee Kimberly Mellott met with the commissioners regarding how the building and grounds department will proceed in light of the fact it will no longer be supervised by the business manager.

On a motion by Commissioner Irvin Dasher, chief clerk Dan Swain was appointed to serve as interim Right-To-Know officer effective October 25. The position had been held by the business manager.

Sam Lynch of Zelenkofske-Axelrod reported he expected the county’s single audit report to be completed by the conclusion of the week.

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