Fulton County makes changes to oversight at Solid Waste department

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County is making a change in its legislative oversight of the county Department of Solid Waste.

The Board of Supervisors on Monday at the County Office Building amended the county’s Rules of Order to realign oversight of the department.

“This is a major change to the operating rules of the board,” said county Administrative Officer Jon Stead.

Effective immediately, the board’s Buildings and Grounds/Highway Committee is being renamed the Public Works Committee. Also, oversight of the Department of Solid Waste will be switched from the existing Economic Development/Environment Committee to the newly-formed Public Works Committee.

In the past, the addition of matters relating to the operation of the landfill would typically add 45 minutes to an hour to the already-protracted monthly Economic Development/Environment Committee sessions at the County Office Building.

Stead said the change also effects legislatively how supervisors oversee the Department of Solid Waste in meetings set already for the year. He said revised schedules will be put out.

“We are in the early stages of the budget process,” he said.

The resolution passed by the board Monday indicated that the move helps “increase standing committee time for economic development initiatives.”

“Periodically, the oversight structure of the Board of Supervisors’ standing committee system requires evaluation related to department interaction, changing priorities of the community, and committee workloads,” the resolution stated.

Stead proposed the plan to realign the oversight responsibilities of the two committees involved.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.