County Hires New Business Manager
On the heels of two rounds of interviews, the Fulton County commissioners sat down with their top candidate behind closed doors last Wednesday morning to make an offer of employment for the position of county chief financial officer.
On a motion by Commissioner Irvin Dasher, the board gave a unanimous nod of approval to hire Franklin County resident Douglas Tengler for the position. The motion is pending the receipt and review of Tengler’s background check.
A certified public accountant from Waynesboro, Tengler is a former Waynesboro Borough councilmember and council president and in previous years worked as the assistant director of accounting at Shippensburg University. His is currently employed at Washington County, Md. Hospice.
Tengler is slated to begin his new position in Fulton County on January 6. His salary will be established during an upcoming meeting of the salary board.
Tengler replaces former business manager Tim Stanton. Stanton resigned from his position of multiple years near the conclusion of October.
In other matters addressed on December 4 by commissioners Rodney McCray, Craig Cutchall and Irvin Dasher, Seleen Shives of the Fulton County Conservation District had an “impromptu” meeting regarding the past and future use of a warehouse along North Fifth Street in McConnellsburg.
The commissioners and Shives discussed the possible relocation of the Conservation District, Extension Office and NRCS staff to another venue as well as the need for additional space, such as that offered by the warehouse, for the electronics recycling program. In accordance with that discussion, the commissioners touched on cost, and how that additional cost could affect the 2014 budget.
Dasher noted plans could be drawn up outlining heating and cooling systems, layout and design to house the trio of offices in a “campus” setting that would in turn open up the organizations for additional outreach and services.
“Long range it’s the thing to do,” said Dasher, who added the alternative would be for residents to return to dumping their garbage and electronics in ditches or drive more than 20 miles to properly dispose of their items.
“We need to get on the ball and be proactive or do nothing and flounder around,” Dasher stated. “We need to take charge and make a decision.
The topic will likely be ad- dressed Thursday at a board of directors meeting of the Conservation District.
Shives also mentioned that the single-stream recycling bin once located in front of the Forbes Road Junior/Senior High School has been moved. The bin is now kept to the rear of the old high school.
She went on to applaud the ongoing efforts of county recycling coordinator Greg Reienke and pointed out other counties do not offer these types of services for free.
Solicitor Stanley Kerlin presented the commissioners with the bonding requirements for township and borough tax collectors. Kerlin’s petition for setting of tax collector bond amounts was approved unanimously for 2014 through 2017.
Kirk McCray of McCray Construction sat down with commissioners Dasher and Cutchall pertaining to the security enhancements at the office of Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne. Due to an original error in sizing, McCray said the supplier is unable to supply the frames in which the bulletproof glass will be mounted and added the manufacturer said the order is so small it has been unable to get to it.
The commissioners suggested the original glass and frames be used, and McCray agreed to speak with Commonwealth Code Inspection service about this option.
An agreement was penned with Comcast for 24 months at a rate of $109.75 per month for an Internet connection for the office of Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.
On a motion by Dasher, the commissioners paid an invoice totalling $1,890 to Fulton Electrical Services for the removal of flashing warning devices along Route 30. The motion is pending verification that the lights have been removed.
The commissioners agreed to pay prothonotary Patty Fix a total of $1,891.03 for having provided 103 hours of assistance to the coordination of the jury pool. The hours, which were paid an a rate of $18.36, were provided between September 17 and October 31.