Mifflin County Commissioners pass new comprehensive plan

LEWISTOWN – Mifflin County now has a new comprehensive plan following action taken Thursday during the bi-weekly business meeting of the Mifflin County Commissioners.

Following a public hearing that included a brief overview of the plan, the commissioners voted unanimously to set it in motion.

The plan was presented by Michelle Brummer, an associate with Gannett Fleming, a Harrisburg-based firm that was hired to assist in creating the updated document. Brummer said the plan examines such things as population trends and long-term needs for housing, transportation, community facilities, economic development and natural resource protection and recommends changes or continued efforts in county policy and regulations.

The last county comprehensive plan update occurred in 2000, Brummer reported. The latest update was funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the county’s Community Development Block Grant and Community Services Block Grant programs.

The plan is available for review at the Mifflin County Planning Department, located on the second floor of the Mifflin County Courthouse, or online at the project website: mifflincompplan.com/.

In other business Thursday, the commissioners:

Approved the release of CSBG funds for 2014 to the following agencies: Shelter Services Inc. for the mass shelter, $28,572; United Way of Mifflin-Juniata for rent/utilities, $14,800; United Way of Mifflin-Juniata for service coordination, $9,582; Mifflin-Juniata Human Services for administration, $7,808; and Mifflin-Juniata Human Services for service coordination, $17,326.

Approved the release of Homeless Assistance Program funds for 2013-14 to the following: The Abuse Network for the emergency shelter, $5,000; Shelter Services Inc. for the emergency mass shelter, $9,000; and Mifflin-Juniata Human Services for administration, $2,749.

Approved a grant application for the 2013-14 Loss Prevention Program in the amount of $7,275.

Approved a resolution authorizing the final payment for construction inspection services for phase IV of the Monument Square Streetscape Project.

Approved a request for exoneration of 2013 real estate tax bill for a parcel located in Granville Township that has been approved for exemption by the Veterans Affairs office in the amount of $713.93.

Approved a grant application for Mifflin County Intermediate Punishment Plan in the amount of $118,519. Probation Director Todd Harpster said the funds would be used to run an intensive probation program in lieu of sending certain offenders to jail.

Approved the resignation of Nancy Johnson of the Tax Claim office effective April 11.

Appointed Diane McCallister to the Mifflin County Human Services Development Fund Board.

Hired Lori Ellen Stumpff as a secretary in the Human Services department, effective April 30.