2013-12-05 / Local & State

Commissioners Attend To Routine County Business, Budget

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

The Fulton County commissioners attended to routine matters over the last two weeks, meeting with department heads regarding the proposed county budget and authorizing several commission appointments.

Last Tuesday, Tammy Kint of Crystal Spring was appointed to serve on the Fulton County Planning Commission. Kint’s term of office is set to run through December 31, 2014, as she replaces former member Alan Fischer. Additional individuals appointed to the Planning Commission’s board of directors effective January 1 were Fred Fleming, Jeremy Fletcher and Scott Knepper, who will be serving three-year terms.

On a motion by Commissioner Irvin Dasher, the commissioners agreed unanimously to reverse action taken on October 1 regarding approval of a construction contract with Gelvin & Son LLC for the Brush Creek Township handicapped accessibility upgrades project in the amount of $14,725. The contract was cancelled due to the company’s failure to post bond.

County auditors Rebecca Kendall, Sandra Stenger and Ellen Wagner conveyed their recommendations to the commissioners regarding a future “stand-alone account” for the sheriff’s office. Details of the recommendations given by the commissioners were not available as part of their weekly agenda minutes.

The commissioners authorized Chairman Rodney McCray to sign the following reports: financial statement of funds expended under grant-in-aid program for juvenile probation services for the period July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013, in the amount of $5,632.00; financial statement of funds expended under specialized probation services for the period July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013, in the amount of $46,984.69; and financial statement of funds expended under grant-in-aid program for drug and alcohol testing of juvenile offenders for the period from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013, in the amount of $365.50.

On Tuesday, November 19, the commissioners met well into the evening hours to discuss the 2014 county budget. Those sitting down with the commissioners regarding the budget were domestic relations supervisor Deidre Ritz and EMA/911 director Ruth Strait. The budget was tentatively approved on a motion by Commissioner Craig Cutchall prior to a 9:20 p.m. adjournment and was put on public display last Wednesday. See related budget story for more details.

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