Meeting of Juniata County Commissioners highlights upcoming workcamp

MIFFLINTOWN – The Juniata County Workcamp scheduled for June will be a significant undertaking for everyone in the county, said Brad Kerstetter, who spoke on behalf of the organizational committee Tuesday during a meeting of the Juniata County Commissioners.

Workcamp organizers are seeking 10 more homeowners who are interested in receiving free home repair through the program, co-sponsored by Group Cares, a Christian volunteer organization, and St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Mifflintown. About 450 teenagers and adults will travel from all over the country to Juniata County to help with home maintenance.

In addition to identifying sites in need, Kerstetter said the committee is seeking assistance from county residents and law enforcement personnel to ensure that the camp runs smoothly. Missionaries to the area will be housed at Tuscarora Junior High School from June 22 to 28 and will travel throughout the county to provide services including interior and exterior painting, weatherization, porch and wheelchair ramp construction and other general maintenance.

Commissioner Teresa O’Neal pointed out that the county will see an influx of people who are not familiar with local roads and destinations.

“We need to be grateful and very welcoming to them” for the work they perform, she said.

People may knock on doors or pause along roads for directions, and visitors will likely see many different license plates around the county during this time, Kerstetter and O’Neal said.

As camp quickly approaches, Kerstetter said the organizational committee will prepare and release more information in preparation for the event.

In the meantime, applications for home repair are available for pickup at the Juniata County Courthouse, courthouse annex and St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church. A public meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. April 6 at the church for those interested in helping with the camp.

Also during the meeting, the board:

Approved the Juniata County Sheriff Service Agreement between the sheriff’s department and domestic relations section. The contract continues through Sept. 30, 2015.

Approved tax exonerations for Fayette Township.

Approved the county Children and Youth Social Service Programs certification statement of receipts and expenditures for July 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2013, prepared by Robyn Ventresca, fiscal assistant.

Approved the execution of the 2014 Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Grant Agreement, submitted by Allen Weaver, emergency services director.

Approved the use of the county records improvement fund to purchase one HP LaserJet P3000 P3015DN laser printer at a cost of $749.99 for the treasurer’s office.

Approved checks Nos. 39,559-39,604 in the amount of $155,111.

Approved checks Nos. 39,605-39,687 in the amount of $1,085.40.