CDBG funds requested

MIFFLINTOWN – The Juniata County Commissioners reviewed requests for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for two proposed projects at a Tuesday meeting.

Amy Davis, of SEDA-Council of Governments, presented requests for funding for a bridge replacement in Monroe Township and a water main replacement in Mifflintown Borough.

Monroe Township requested $76,670.47 in CDBG funds to improve a bridge on Aucker Road, she said. At this time, the bridge is too narrow to handle runoff water, which poses a safety threat to traffic traveling through the area. Davis said the township wishes to install an aluminum box culvert with an 80-to-100-year lifespan to improve the bridge.

Davis said 35 households would benefit from completion of the project, but she has not received information about its eligibility. She anticipates a determination within the month about whether the project can be funded.

A water main replacement was requested by the Mifflintown Borough Municipal Authority, she said. About $198,000 is requested for the project, which “definitely qualifies” for CDBG funds, Davis said.

Davis said there is not enough funding for both projects. There is about $195,000 available for the county this year, she said. If both projects are determined to be eligible for funding, modifications will need to be made to reduce anticipated costs.

In other new business, the board of commissioners:

Approved the Mifflin-Juniata Human Services non-block grant annual budget and plan for the county, as recommended by Fisher.

Approved the fiscal year 2014-2015 “HSDF Assurance of Compliance,” submitted by Fisher.

Reviewed June 2014 reports including, summary of collections reports – fines and costs, submitted by magisterial district judges Barbara M. Lyter and Jacqueline T. Leister; a children and youth statistical report, submitted by Penni Abram, children and youth director; a change in assessment report, submitted by Jeff Haines, chief assessor; a treasurer’s report, submitted by Sandra F. King, treasurer; sheriffs’ department reports, submitted by Thomas Lyter, sheriff; and a veterans affairs report, submitted by Daniel W. Dreese, director of veterans affairs.

Ratified hazardous materials checks No. 1,196 in the amount of $143.98 to Quill for toner cartridges and No. 1,197 in the amount of $229.32 to Grainger for traffic cones.

Approved tax exonerations for Fayette Township and Thompsontown Borough.

Approved agreements for provider and consulting services related to the Child Accounting and Profile System Application Service. Agreements are between the county’s children and youth services and Avanco International Inc., and the contract period is for July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.

Ratified checks Nos. 40,715-40,767 in the amount of $106,779.05.

Approved checks Nos. 40,768-40,820 in the amount of $44,329.26.

Commissioner Robert Reynolds was not present at the meeting.