County to help with Kardex renovation

LEWISTOWN – The Mifflin County Commissioners on Thursday approved a loan request from the Mifflin County Industrial Development Corporation (MCIDC) in the amount of $50,000 to go toward renovations to the former Kardex building in the Mifflin County Industrial Plaza.

The request came from the county’s Microenterprise Committee, which met earlier in July and recommended the loan for approval. The funds will come from the county’s Community Development Block Grant revolving fund.

Bill Gomes, county planning director and a member of the committee, said the renovations being made are expected to generate a number of new jobs from three small companies interested in occupying the structure.

“This will help create jobs for low to moderate income people,” Gomes explained. “It’s a five-year loan at three percent interest.”

In other business Thursday, the commissioners:

Approved the grant-in-aid continuing program for the Improvement of Adult Probation Services Application and Agreement for the period July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014, in the amount of $370,873.

Accepted the 2013-14 Mifflin County Intermediate Punishment Plan Grant in the amount of $53,000.

Accepted the 2013-14 Drug/Alcohol Restrictive Intermediate Punishment Grant in the amount of $48,693.

Approved an agreement with Tyler Technologies Inc. of Dallas, Texas, for yearly maintenance and license for the county’s MUNIS accounting software in the amount of $15,956.18.

Approved a resolution authorizing the chairman and chief clerk to sign the Highway Safety Patrol Grant to be used for sobriety checkpoint and expanded DUI/underage drinking enforcement.

Approved purchase of service agreements for use, if needed, by Children & Youth with Vianey Siennick, Lewistown; Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries, Mechanicsburg; The Christian Home of Johnstown Inc., Johnstown; McClosky Counseling Center, Milesburg; Clear Concepts Counseling, Lewistown; Lynn Kagarise, Huntingdon; Diversified Treatment Alternatives, Lewisburg; and Children’s Home of York.

Approved the resignations of Court Tipstaves Jack and Pat McKnight effective July 1.

Approved the resignation of Stella Reiter, part-time data entry clerk in the Tax Claim/Voter Registration office, effective July 30.

Hired Chris Torquato as public defender effective August 1 through December 31.

Approved the promotion of Ashley Baxter from caseworker II to caseworker III in the Children & Youth department effective July 29.