Board holds CDBG hearing

MIFFLINTOWN – A final public hearing was held Tuesday in Mifflintown to finalize the plan for disbursal of 2013 Community Development Block Grant funds.

David Grey, SEDA-COG community development project coordinator, said Juniata County is set to receive $230,000 this year for development projects. He said $102,102 will be designated to upgrades at the Port Royal Municipal Authority, $86,498 to the EMS Black Log communications tower project and $41,400 for administration costs.

No action was needed on behalf of the Juniata County Commissioners at this time.

After Grey’s presentation, the commissioners opened their weekly public board meeting.

A small group of emergency medical services employees crowded into the conference room in the Bousum Building to be recognized. Commissioner Jeffrey Zimmerman read a proclamation declaring May 19 to 25 as Emergency Medical Services Week.

The proclamation states that emergency medical services are vital to the community and team members are ready to provide lifesaving care to those in need at all hours of the day. Access to emergency services dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury, the proclamation states.

“Thank you,” Commissioner Teresa O’Neal told the EMS representatives. “It’s not until we pick up that phone and dial 9-1-1 that we know someone is waiting.”

Reynolds agreed, saying it’s often a background job in the community that people aren’t aware of until an emergency strikes.

“It would be difficult to find someone who hasn’t been touched by your caring hands,” Zimmerman added.

Also during the meeting, the board:

Reviewed the April 2013 Summary of Collections Reports – Fines and Costs, submitted by Barbara M. Lyter and Jacqueline T. Leister, magisterial district judges.

Reviewed the April 2013 Juniata County Adult and Juvenile Probation Department report, prepared by Michelle A. Beaver, chief probation officer.

Approved tax exonerations for Fayette and Monroe townships. Susquehanna Township was not approved because it was not signed by the tax collector.

Approved the hiring of Justin Dobson as a Juniata County probation officer effective May 6 at a starting salary of $34,495.50. Dobson replaces Keith Altiery, who resigned on April 26.

Approved the appointment of Gabby Fisher to a three-year term on the Juniata Valley Behavioral and Developmental Services Citizens Advisory Board, effective Dec. 1, 2012. Fisher replaces Irma Weimer whose term expired Nov. 30, 2012.

Appointed Karen Imes as Juniata County Children and Youth Services caseworker/supervisor. The salary board established her salary as $41,000 with a 3-1 vote.

Approved Human Services Development Fund contracts between the Juniata County Commissioners and Juniata County Probation and Parole for coordinated individual therapy services at a cost of $2,000; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Juniata Valley for mentoring services at a cost of $3,420; Clear Concepts Counseling for drug and alcohol counseling services at a cost of $6,500; Shelter Services Inc. for emergency shelter services at a cost of $6,930; Mifflin-Juniata Dental Clinic for dental care services at a cost of $2,062; Abuse Network Inc. for emergency shelter services at a cost of $3,000; Mifflin-Juniata Human Services for service coordination at a cost of $21,088 and grant administration at a cost of $5,000.

Ratified hazardous materials check No. 1,157 in the amount of $93.12 to Wex Bank for fuel.

Ratified CDBG-IDIS checks Nos. 1,168 in the amount of $19,500 and 1,169 in the amount of $8,400 to Hostler Custom Woodworks for housing rehabilitation projects. Check No. 1,167 was voided.

Approved checks Nos. 37,522 through 37,569 in the amount of $51,540.30.

It was noted during the meeting that Virginia A. Foltz is set to resign from her position as Beale Township tax collector effective May 31.