County to apply for grants to pay for boat launch

LEWISTOWN – The Mifflin County Commissioners on Thursday approved two resolutions for the county’s planning department to apply for grant money to be used for construction of a boat launch along the Juniata River near McVeytown.

According to Planning Director Bill Gomes, the applications to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Chesapeake Bay and Watertrails Network would total $201,027 to cover construction costs. Gomes also requested a county match of approximately $15,000 to help cover survey, engineering and easement costs. That request was not granted Thursday because it wasn’t a separate agenda item and will be taken up in the future, Commissioner Mark Sunderland said.

Should the funding be secured, the boat launch would be built along River Road, approximately a half-mile from the bridge that crosses the river in McVeytown.

In other business Thursday, the commissioners adopted a proclamation designating the week of Feb. 17-23 as FFA Week. The proclamation congratulates the members, advisers and parents involved in FFA, which it described as an “exemplary youth organization.” On hand to accept the proclamation was Helen Kirk, a member of the local FFA advisory board.

In other business Thursday, the commissioners:

Approved a purchase of service agreement for use, if needed, by Children & Youth, with Outside In School of Experiential Education Inc. of Greensburg.

Accepted the treasurer’s report of 2012 tax duplicates and exonerated the tax collectors from any further collection of 2012 taxes.

Approved an agreement with RBA Professional Data Systems of State College for jury management software.

Accepted a proposal from Wolf Consulting Engineers Inc. of Carlisle for architectural and engineering services for the renovation of three buildings in Mifflin and Juniata Counties to be used by Shelter Services Inc. According to Human Services Director Allison Fisher, the $25,000 fee will be paid for through grant money.

Approved an additional $516 from liquid fuels funds to be used for the Phase 3B Monument Square Streetscape Project.

Approved South Hills intern Donavan Truax as an unpaid intern in the Crime Victim Services office effective March 19.

Approved South Hills intern Evelyn Carson as an unpaid intern in the Children & Youth department effective March 18.

Hired Vicki Bilheimer as a part-time corrections officer effective Feb. 23.