Commissioners recognize Workcamp

MIFFLINTOWN – The Juniata County Commissioners on Tuesday recognized Workcamp 2014, a multi-denominational mission program set to be held from June 22-28 in Juniata County.

Bradley Kerstetter, county planning director, spoke on behalf of the workcamp’s organizational committee during a March meeting of the board of commissioners. He said the program provides free home repair countywide to people in need. Services, including porch and wheelchair ramp construction, interior and exterior painting, weatherization and other general maintenance, will be performed by about 400 teen and adult volunteers.

On Tuesday, the board issued Proclamation No. 2014-4 in support of the effort, which is being sponsored by Group Cares Foundation and St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Mifflintown. According to the document, more than 6 million hours of volunteer service have been provided to people in need nationwide since Group Cares’ inception in 1977.

“The greater Mifflintown area, including all of Juniata County, has welcomed these young people and the helping hands of countless numbers of adult volunteers who strengthen our community and lift a burden of many deserving residents,” said Commissioner Jeffrey Zimmerman, reading the proclamation. “The home repairs you provided to disabled, elderly and other qualified residents are greatly appreciated.”

Mindy Musser, program volunteer, said a number of local businesses and civic groups are offering donations or discounted meals and tourist attractions to visiting volunteers.

“It’s taken a community to do it,” she said.

Also during the meeting, the commissioners:

Reviewed the following May 2014 reports: Children and Youth Statistical Report, submitted by Penni Abram, director of Children and Youth Services; Change in Assessment Report, submitted by Jeff Haines, chief assessor; Treasurer’s Report, submitted by Sandra F. King, treasurer; Sheriff Department’s reports, submitted by Thomas Lyter, sheriff; and the Summary of Collections Report – Fines and Costs, submitted by Barbara M. Lyter, magisterial district judge.

Approved a purchase of service agreement between Children and Youth Services, the Juniata County Probation Department and Families United Network Inc., as submitted by Robyn Ventresca, fiscal assistant. The agreement shall be in force and effect from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.

Approved the agreement between Mifflin and Juniata counties for implementation of a regional municipal waste management plan, recommended by Kerstetter.

Approved hiring Jazelle Bryner as Juniata County Domestic Relations caseworker, effective July 7. Bryner replaced Jennifer Haas who resigned. The starting wage will reflect the current bargaining unit contract for a caseworker.

Approved the Computer Aided Dispatch System upgrade recommended by Allen Weaver, director of emergency services. The total project cost is not to exceed $63,417.25.

Approved the state fiscal year 2014-2014 Hazardous Material Response Fund grant submission, submitted by Weaver.

Approved a request for open space legacy funds in the amount of $4,237.70 for Milford Township.

Approved checks Nos. 40,399 through 40,450 in the amount of $42,081.43.