Commissioners return after 1-week hiatus

MIFFLINTOWN – After a one-week hiatus, the Juniata County Commissioners gathered Tuesday morning for a regular public board meeting.

During the meeting, the board approved an increase in part-time hours for Bradley W. Kerstetter, associate planner, from 15 hours to 22.5 hours per week, retroactive to June 10. The position will now exceed the 1,000 hours per year threshold outlined in the Juniata County Employee’s Retirement System Summary Plan and will be eligible for retirement benefits. Commissioner Robert Reynolds said the decision is justified by the time needed to complete the activities of the office.

The board also tabled a motion to approve the purchase of two Dell computer systems for the Juniata County Maintenance Department. Commissioner Teresa O’Neal said there are still some signatures needed and individuals not yet available to sign off on the project, which will cost $1,599.96.

In other new business, the board approved the annual contract between Juniata County and L.R. Kimball for assessment data web hosting and parcel maintenance. The contracting period began this month and carries through June 30, 2014. The contract costs $12,000 and includes all expenses.

Also during the meeting, the commissioners:

Ratified hazardous materials check No. 1,160 in the amount of $2,348 to Ludlum Measurements Inc. for a radiation detection meter and check No. 1,161 in the amount of $1,650 to Kaza Fire Equipment for foam.

Approved the Guaranteed Space Agreement between Juniata County and Central Counties Youth Center, submitted by Penni Abram, children and youth director. The agreement shall be in force and effect through Dec. 31, 2013.

Approved the fiscal year 2013-2014 Juniata County State Offender Supervision Fund Agreement, Grant-In-Aid Application and Grant-In-Aid Agreement for Improvement of Adult Probation Services Continuing Program, submitted by Michelle A. Beaver, chief probation officer.

Approved the satisfaction pieces as per material provided and recommended by Tim Brickley, SEDA-COG housing program senior coordinator. The homeowners were participants in Juniata County’s Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program.

Ratified checks Nos. 37,844 to 37,888 in the amount of $33,366.69.

Approved checks Nos. 37,899 to 37,919 in the amount of $121,857.90.