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Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners briefs

May 24, 2012

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Commissioners pass resolution for fire cleanup, repairs

The Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners on Thursday passed an emergency resolution that will allow for repairs and cleanup following a May 17 fire in their building.

Sparks from demolition of an adjacent building ignited the commissioners’ office building at 14 N. Main St.

The second-floor meeting room and two offices sustained “extensive water damage,” County Administrator John Hart said Thursday.

Other areas sustained smoke damage, he said.

Crews from ServiceMaster have been on site attending to the building’s immediate needs. The roof received a temporary patch.

“We’re going to have to replace the entire roof,” Hart said.

The emergency resolution will allow the commissioners to obtain quotes for work from contractors with whom they have worked previously. They will not be required to put  the project to bid.

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The repairs will be paid for up front, then reimbursed by the insurance company for the contractor working on the adjacent building, according to Hart.

The work should be completed in two to three months, he said.

Damage caused some employees to be relocated to satellite sites temporarily, although the office building is open to the public for normal business.

Jury commissioner positions to be eliminated

Two elected positions will be eliminated in Franklin County, Pa., effective January 2014.

The Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners decided Thursday to eliminate jury commissioners under a 2011 state law allowing for removal of the position.

The county paid an annual salary of about $13,300 each to one Republican and one Democrat to prepare potential jury pools. Now, computers can fairly pick jurors from voter registration and driver’s license records.

Hotel tax money to be used to create military history trail

A new “military history trail” with a repository of information about Franklin County, Pa., veterans will be developed using revenue from the county hotel tax.

The Franklin County Commissioners approved $50,000 in contracts Thursday for the trail, which will start with 36 pavers at Franklin County Veterans’ Memorial Park at Letterkenny Army Depot.

It also will have an online presence with virtual memorial.

“The physical site and the website serve as launch points to discover more of Franklin County’s veteran, military and genealogical history,” the commissioners said in a news release.

Commissioner Bob Thomas described the initiative as being designed “so (veterans’) service to our community can be remembered.” He said the physical memorial will be a place to go and reflect.

“Since this has been announced, I’ve heard nothing but praise from the community,” Thomas said.

Commissioner Bob Ziobrowski explained the project to the public in attendance at the commissioners meeting. He reiterated that funding will come from the hotel tax.

“No general funds are to be allocated,” he said.

The trail is being developed in conjunction with the Franklin County Visitors Bureau.

— Jennifer Fitch

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