Board supports new boat launch

LEWISTOWN – Mifflin County is officially lending its support for a proposed boat launch to be constructed along the Juniata River near McVeytown.

During their regular business meeting on Thursday, the Mifflin County Commissioners approved a request by County Planning Director Bill Gomes to allocate $15,000 of the county’s Marcellus Shale Legacy Funds to assist in the development of a boat launch in Bratton Township.

In February, Gomes said his department plans to apply for two grants, one from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and one from the Natural Resources and the Chesapeake Bay and Watertrails Network that would total $201,027, which would cover construction costs. The additional $15,000 would be the county’s matching funds, Gomes said, which would go toward surveying, easement and other legal requirements.

In a related matter, the commissioners also approved a proposal from Axis Professional Surveying of Mifflintown to conduct additional survey work on the site.

“They did some original work for us for free that provided us with a footprint,” Gomes explained. “But now we need more detailed survey work that will have a cost associated with it.”

In other business Thursday, the commissioners:

Approved a purchase of service agreement for use, if needed, by Children & Youth, with Adelphoi Village Inc. of Latrobe.

Approved a purchase of service agreement with Nancy S. Searer, Esquire, of Lewistown, as Guardian Ad Litem at a rate of $50 per hour. The agreement runs through June 30, 2014.

Approved the amended by-laws of the Advisory Committee of the Mifflin County Children and Youth Services department.

Reappointed Mary Ann Stratton of Lewistown to the advisory committee of the Mifflin County Children and Youth Services department.

Approved the following appointments to the advisory committee of the Mifflin County Children and Youth Services department: Steve Schaaf of Lewistown, Nancy Records of Lewistown and Judi Wilson Hubbard of Belleville.

Approved the resignation of Vicki Bilheimer as a part-time corrections officer effective Feb. 26.

Approved the hiring of Erin Cavanaugh as a part-time corrections officer effective March 3.

Approved the Mifflin County GIS Sharing Agreement with Navteq Europe B.V. to sell mapping information to companies that produce GPS systems and navigational equipment installed in vehicles.

Approved a request to apply for a grant, totaling $140,000 from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, to be split between The Abuse Network (65 percent) and the Mifflin County Crime Victim Services department (35 percent).

Approved the renewal of the Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification System (SAVIN) maintenance and service agreement with the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Institute at a cost of $1,270.72.

Approved the hiring of South Hills Intern Matthew J. Beck as an unpaid intern in the Sheriff’s office, effective March 19.

Approved the hiring of Joshua Yoder as a probation officer effective March 18.