Polling places may merge

MIFFLINTOWN – All voters in Lack Township will likely vote at the same polling place beginning in 2014.

Juniata County Commissioner Teresa O’Neal said the board of commissioners received an order from the court for the consolidation of voting precincts in Lack Township. The court order will be forwarded to the Department of State for final authorization, she said.

Commissioner Jeffrey Zimmerman said there are currently three polling places in Lack Township. However, the majority of townships and municipalities in the county maintain one polling station. Zimmerman said township supervisors encouraged the consolidation, which would go into effect in 2014.

The effort is a cost-saving measure and brings Lack Township up to date regarding facility and staff, said Commissioner Robert Reynolds.

Pending final approval, voting will be conducted at the Lack Township Municipal Building, 3030 Berry Ridge Road, East Waterford, O’Neal said. The polling station will include one judge of elections, one minority inspector, one majority inspector and two clerks, Reynolds said.

The board said Tuscarora Township also has multiple polling places and will be considered next for consolidation.

Also during the meeting, the commissioners approved a request from the Juniata County Reenactors Association to hold a Civil War encampment on the courthouse lawn from May 17 to 19, pending an insurance waiver requirement. Zimmerman said the board did not request insurance waivers in the past, but will seek guidance from their solicitor before proceeding without them.

Zimmerman also said the county is seeking an individual to fill a vacancy in the children and youth department upon Helen Henry’s retirement on April 19. Letters of interest and official applications are due by March 29 to Jim Bahorik, chief clerk. Bahorik can be contacted at jbahorik@co.juniata.pa.us or P.O. Box 68, Mifflintown, PA 17059.

In other new business, the commissioners:

Approved documents submitted by Eva Strong, voter registrar and election director, including: Certification of Political Parties in Juniata County for the municipal primary election; Certification of County Maintenance of Effort; Quarterly Reimbursement Request and Performance Report; and Final Performance Report and Certification of HAVA Compliance.

Approved the county children and youth social service programs certification statement for Oct. 1, 2012, through Dec. 1, 2012, as submitted by Helen Henry, children and youth director.

Approved the Juniata County VOCA Grant application, as submitted by Lisa Stalnaker, grant writer for the Mifflin-Juniata Human Services Department. Zimmerman said the grant totals $24,525 and would provide victims of crime with central services from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015.

Approved Juniata County Hazardous Materials check No. 1,151 in the amount of $84 to Susquehanna Fire Equipment for the purpose of recharging fire extinguishers.

Approved checks Nos. 37,073 to 37,122 in the amouint of $39,246.06.

Reviewed routine monthly reports submitted by the Juniata County sheriff, treasurer, children and youth director, magisterial district judge and chief assessor.