Emergency services approves online plan

MIFFLINTOWN – You can find Juniata County Emergency Services on Facebook.

During a Tuesday meeting of the county commissioners, the board approved a social media site management procedure submitted by Allen Weaver, emergency services director.

“I’m actually pretty excited about getting this online,” Weaver said.

He explained that the social media account will be a way to reach out to the community and let people know what’s happening in the emergency services center and what’s affecting the community. Weaver cited road closures as an example.

Commissioner Teresa O’Neal said the addition of the site will enhance public safety by circulating information quickly.

Weaver said the site will be strictly monitored. Only the Department of Emergency Services will be able to post on the website, and comments from the public will be restricted.

The department should be on Facebook within a few weeks, Weaver said.

The commissioners also approved the Radio Simulcast Project submitted by Weaver. He said the project will grant the department the ability to transmit broadcasts over all three towers in the county at the same time. The cost of the project is $95,437, and the board also approved the purchase of spare transmitters at an additional cost of $16,000.

Also during the meeting, the board proclaimed Oct. 22-26 Business Women’s Week.

“Throughout its history, Pennsylvania has been committed to advancing a progressing Commonwealth where the talents, ideas and contributions of all individuals are respected and valued,” Commissioner Zimmerman read.

The proclamation recognizes women for their perseverance, skill and passion for success. It also calls for continued efforts in encouraging equality in business and the workplace – regardless of gender, race, religion or identity.

“We encourage all citizens to recognize the many ways in which women have contributed to the success of our businesses and the advancement of their professions,” Zimmerman said.

In other new business, the board:

Reviewed the September 2013 Summary of Collections Report – Fines and Costs, submitted by Jacqueline T. Leister, magisterial district judge.

Reviewed the September 2013 Change in Assessment Report, submitted by Jeff Haines, chief assessor.

Approved requests for Liquid Fuel Funds for Greenwood Township at a cost of $3,282.72. Zimmerman said the funds would be used to tar and chip Long Hall Road.

Approved tax exonerations for Monroe and Walker townships.

Ratified hazardous materials checks No. 1,170 in the amount of $90 to Witmer Public Safety Group for liquid smoke training, No. 1,171 in the amount of $80.21 to Wex Bank for fuel and No. 1,172 in the amount of $312.20 to Casner’s Service Center for van repair.

Approved checks Nos. 38,577 through 38,626 in the amount of $33,282.40.