Board approves 2 upgrade projects

LEWISTOWN – The Mifflin County Commissioners on Thursday gave their stamp of approval to a request by the Mifflin County Veterans Association to undertake two upgrade projects at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on the square in downtown Lewistown.

Terry Wade, representing the veterans group, was on hand to request the county’s approval to repair damaged sod near the point where the stone from Abraham Lincoln’s tomb is located and to remove concrete and replace a metal pipe that was once used to hold Lewistown Hospital’s Tree of Life during the Christmas holidays.

“We need to remove some of the concrete that was poured a number of years ago when the hospital put in the apparatus to hold the tree,” Wade explained. “It’s a terrible looking site. We need to do that to keep it looking good. And we believe it could become a safety hazard in the future.”

Wade said the project would not cost the county any money. “We have a plan and the money to accomplish this,” he stated.

In other business Thursday, the commissioners adopted a proclamation honoring Mifflin County Industrial Development Corporation President Rob Postal, who received the annual joint Planning Award from the commissioners and the Mifflin County Planning Commission on Thursday night.

The proclamation noted Postal has been in his position for nearly 30 years and has “worked to enhance employment opportunities, particularly in the area of industrial development, including Keystone Opportunity Zones. He has effectively coordinated with municipal, county and state officials to improve facilities in Mifflin County; he has helped attract and retain businesses in the Mifflin County Industrial Park and Plaza; has worked tirelessly to encourage the location and expansion of First Quality Baby Products and General Electric to the Mifflin County Industrial Park; has helped improve downtown Lewistown by working with the SEDA-COG Housing Development Corporation to redevelop the Mann Edge Tool site into an attractive senior housing project; and has worked with the Mifflin County Planning Commission to coordinate development activity and has played a key role in the Mifflin County Comprehensive Plan update process.”

In other business, the commissioners:

Approved a fee agreement with Reager & Adler, PC, to perform services with respect to the Juniata River Boat Ramp Project in the amount of $2,500.

Approved the semi-annual agreement with Juniata County to ensure timely response and assistance to Juniata County in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Approved a purchase of service agreement for use, if needed, by Children & Youth with Children’s Center for Treatment and Education of Bradford, Pa.

Approved a request to apply for the county intermediate punishment grant ($60,000) and the drug and alcohol restrictive intermediate punishment grant ($50,000).

Approved submitting a letter of support for the allocation of federal housing tax credits requested by Kish Renewal LLC.

Approved a letter of support for the Mifflin-Juniata Community Health Center for application for a community health grant.

Approved a software license agreement with Telesoft Inc. of York in the amount of $18,500 for new software in the sheriff’s office.

Approved the transfer of Stephanie Neff from the Treasurer’s office to the Planning office effective March 11.