Board abolishes jury commissioner office

MIFFLINTOWN – The Juniata County Commissioners on Tuesday adopted a resolution to abolish the office of jury commissioner.

Commissioner Jeffrey Zimmerman said the action reaffirms a resolution adopted in October. A second vote was necessary because the original legislation authorizing the resolution was ruled unconstitutional by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

New legislation enacted in May requires a new resolution from any county wishing to abolish the office, he said.

“This is just a restatement of the law,” said Commissioner Robert Reynolds.

Since adopting the original resolution, O’Neal said Juniata County has purchased new software to manage the duties of the office.

The current jury commissioner’s term will continue through 2013, Zimmerman said.

In other new business, the commissioners:

Reviewed the Juniata County Sheriff Department’s May 2013 report, submitted by Thomas Lyter.

Reviewed the treasurer’s May 2013 report, submitted by Sandra King.

Reviewed the May 2013 Summary of Collections Report – Fines and Costs, submitted by Barbara M. Lyter, magisterial district judge.

Ratified hazardous materials check No. 1,158 in the amount of $513.37 to Witmer Public Safety Group for air pack testing.

Approved tax exonerations for Monroe Township. A request also was submitted from Susquehanna Township, but the board requested more information before approval.

Approved checks Nos. 37,734 to 37,783 in the amount of $106,124.44.