2015-12-31 / Local & State

Commissioners Handle Light Schedule

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

The Fulton County commissioners tackled a light schedule Tuesday morning, looking over committee assignments and duties for the coming year and listened to Gov. Tom Wolf’s address on the state of the proposed budget.

With commissioners-elect Stuart Ulsh and Larry “Pete” Lynch in attendance on November 29, current commissioners Rodney McCray, Craig Cutchall and Irvin Dasher took a few moments to review what committee assignments should be decided on next Monday and Tuesday during the new board’s first days in office. McCray indicated both days should be “busy” and told Ulsh and Lynch to expect a full agenda, which will also include a swearing-in ceremony for all newly-elected county officials on January 5 at 8:30 a.m. by Fulton/ Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Angela Krom.

McCray went on to suggest that one member of the three-person board be in the commissioners’ office daily to help answer questions and field issues as they may arise. McCray added it wasn’t mandatory but something for the new board to consider moving ahead.

In other matters, the commissioners listened to Gov. Wolf’s update on the ongoing state budget impasse. Also on hand was chief financial officer Doug Tengler, who noted at the conclusion of the speech, which indicated a release of emergency funds for schools and human service organizations is slated to occur, that the county will see in the coming days what the changes could mean for its budget and the services that are provided locally.

An application was signed for a headstone for the late John Ford, a military veteran.

Tengler updated the commissioners on upcoming health insurance meetings set for January 28 with county employees. In addition to any updates on health insurance, representatives from Colonial Life will also be available to discuss additional life insurance as well as an official to give an overview of the employee assistance program.

Last Tuesday, the commissioners met with Conservation District recycling coordinator Greg Reineke concerning the addition of recycling bins at various locations in the county where clothing, bedding, shoes and other textiles can be dropped off. The “red” recycling bins for these items are located at the recycling sites in McConnellsburg, Warfordsburg and the old Thompson Township building. Reineke stated residents with items in better condition are to be donated to local thrift stores before using the bins. Commissioners Cutchall and Dasher were also thanked for their history of supporting recycling within the county.

The 2016 Flag Committee was appointed as follows: John Duffey, Ayr/McConnellsburg Borough; Ray Miller, Belfast; Charles Kave Jr., Bethel; Donald Fischer Jr., Brush Creek; Doug Brown, Dublin; Donald Eisaman, Licking Creek; Clair Traxler, Taylor; Sharon Knable, Thompson; Dennis Hill, Todd; Bob Hendershot, Union; and Howd Barnett, Wells.

The commissioners penned a professional service agreement with EST Inc. to upgrade assessment software for the county at a cost of $52,723, pending review by the county solicitor. Existing software being used by the county is reportedly more than 25 years old and close to becoming obsolete.

David Beale of Warfordsburg was appointed to the Fulton County Planning Commission with a term of office ending on December 31, 2019.

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