Wysocki presents interim report

MIFFLINTOWN – A meeting of the Juniata County Commissioners began Tuesday with an interim report by Chris Wysocki, administrator for Juniata Valley Behavioral and Development Services.

Wysocki discussed the pending loss of Skills of Central Pennsylvania’s services due to lack of funding. The nonprofit organization currently provides job training, education and opportunities to people living with a disability. Although Juniata County residents may commute to the Lewistown location, Wysocki said participants receive fewer services as the cost of funding transportation increases.

Wysocki said he has been talking to different providers about coming in and opening a new, more individualized program.

Wysocki also reported that Juniata Valley Behavioral and Development Services has been faced with about a 20 percent reduction of funding throughout the past seven years. He said the department served 83 people with base dollars in the last fiscal year.

Also during the meeting, the commissioners accepted the Juniata County Intermediate Punishment Program grant, subgrant No. 2013-IP-SI-24591, which will result in the creation of a new staff position. Commissioner Jeffrey Zimmerman said the position will be classified as part-time at fewer than 1,000 hours per year. It will be discontinued when grant funds are depleted, he said.

In other new business, the commissioners:

Approved requests for liquid fuel funds for Fayette Township in the amount of $6,111.73 and Turbett Township in the amount of $,1045.95.

Approved the fiscal year 2013-2014 tentative Medical Assistance Transportation Program Grant Agreement, submitted by Cindy Sunderland, director of transportation for Call-A-Ride Service Inc. Zimmerman said the ongoing, annual grant is in the amount of $162,190.

Approved Proclamation No. 2013-4 proclaiming July 21 to 27, 2013, “Pretrial, Probation, Parole Supervision Week.”

Ratified Juniata County Hazardous Materials check No. 1,163 in the amount of $125 to Casner’s Service Center for van repairs.

Approved checks Nos. 38,079 to 38,123 in the amount of $57,653.95.