Board recognizes emergency responders

LEWISTOWN – Recognizing the value and accomplishments of emergency service providers throughout the area, the Mifflin County Commissioners on Thursday adopted a proclamation designating the week of May 19-25 as Emergency Medical Services Week.

“Emergency medical services is a vital public service,” Commissioner Mark Sunderland read from the proclamation. “The members of emergency medical services teams are ready to provide lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

Sunderland said through the intervention of emergency medical services teams, “Access to quality emergency care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury. The members of emergency medical services teams, whether career or volunteer, engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their lifesaving skills.”

On hand to accept the proclamation were Tim Nilson, director of the Seven Mountains EMS Council, and Shari Spicher, a member of the Big Valley Ambulance.

Nilson noted that emergency services in Mifflin County consists of 16 vehicles that last year responded to 7,831 EMS calls.

“There are over 60,000 EMS providers in Pennsylvania,” he said. “There are 201 registered providers in Mifflin County. We certainly appreciate your support.”

“The EMS group in Mifflin County needs to be complimented on the service it provides to the community,” Commissioner Otis Riden said. “You know when an EMS crew gets the call, (the patient is) going to get the best care they can until they get to their destination.”

In other business Thursday, the commissioners adopted a proclamation recognizing May 26-31 as “Older Americans Week,” noting the Mifflin-Juniata Area Agency on Aging is committed to valuing all individuals and recognizing their ongoing life achievements.

“Older adults in Mifflin County play an important role by continuing to contribute experience, knowledge, wisdom and accomplishments,” Sunderland said. “Our older adults are active community members involved in volunteering, mentorship, arts and culture, and civic engagement. Our community can provide older citizens to continue to flourish by emphasizing the importance of elders and their leadership; by presenting opportunities for older Americans to share their wisdom, experience and skills; and by recognizing older adults as a valuable asset in strengthening American communities.”

On hand to accept the proclamation was Diane McCallister, director of the Mifflin-Juniata Area Agency on Aging.

In other business Thursday, the commissioners:

Tabled a recommendation to sign a contract with Uni-Tec Consulting Engineers Inc. of State College for engineering, design and construction of a slip lining project in Juniata Terrace, a project being funded by county Community Development Block Grant funds. Uni-Tec received the top score in a request for qualifications review over three other firms, The EADS Group, Glace Associates and Raudenbush Engineering. In making the motion to table, Commissioner Kevin Kodish said he would like to discuss the matter further with his colleagues. Riden seconded the motion and the recommendation to table was approved unanimously.

Approved the acceptance of a Victims of Juvenile Offenders grant in the amount of $6,945.

Approved a request to apply for a $28,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Justice for purchase of bulletproof vests in the 2015-17 program cycle.

Approved purchase of service agreements for use, if needed by Children & Youth, with Dee King, Lewistown; The Bair Foundation of Pennsylvania, New Wilmington; Families United Network Inc., Muncy; National Mentor Healthcare LLC, Broomall; and Skills of Central Pennsylvania Inc, Altoona.

Approved an agreement with Infocon of Ebensburg for installation of an electronic court record management system for criminal records. The intital set-up fee of $20,000 will be covered by a grant from the state Administrative Office of the Courts. Following that, there will be a $250 monthly fee.

Approved the following 2012-13 State Food Purchase Program contract addendums for the following food banks: The Abuse Network, additional sum of $979; Hand of Grace, additional sum of $5,220; Calvary Bible Church, additional sum of $1,957.11; Bible Baptist Church, additional sum of $1,414.11; and the Salvation Army, additional sum of $1,305.

Approved an agreement of sale with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for a small portion of land adjacent to the former MH/MR Building on Green Avenue Extended so PennDOT can install a drain line. The amount of the sale agreement is $1,000.

Approved the resignation of Jeff Davis from the probation office effective June 7.

Approved the promotion of Stacey Kauffman from caseworker I to caseworker II effective May 20.

Approved the promotion of Nicole Patkalitsky from supervisor to assistant administrator in the Children & Youth department effective May 20.

Approved the hiring of Ashton Amspacker, a Penn State student, as an intern in the Register & Recorder’s office effective May 20. Register & Recorder Barbara Stringer noted that Amspacker’s wages would be paid for by the university.