Domestic relations department observed

MIFFLINTOWN – The Juniata County Commissioners recognized local domestic relations employees for their dedication to improving area resources on Tuesday.

Domestic Relations Director Christine McKelvey said Pennsylvania is a national leader in the collection of support arrears, and Juniata County ranks first among counties statewide for collection of arrears and enforcement of medical support.

“This is a thankless job,” said Commissioner Teresa O’Neal about domestic relations. “People don’t come into that office to say thank you. This is an opportunity to appreciate a job well done.”

Caseworkers Abby Ingle, Jazelle Bryner, Heather Heckert and Administrative Specialist Vickie Cluck were recognized during the meeting for their work in the enforcement of support orders.

“Without them, Juniata County would not be where they are,” said Kathy Morrow, president judge of the 41st Judicial District, who was present at the meeting.

In observance of the department, the board of commissioners proclaimed August 2014 Child Support Awareness Month.

“‘Thank you’ does not convey how much we appreciate the effort you put in,” said Commissioner Jeffrey Zimmerman.

Commissioner Robert Reynolds congratulated the department on “a job well done.”

Also during the meeting, the board:

Reviewed a July 2014 change in assessment report, submitted by Jeff Haines, chief assessor.

Changed the status of the associate planner position from part-time to full-time.

Approved the hiring and appointment of Michael J. Hower to the position of associate planner, effective Aug. 18, as recommended by Bradley W. Kerstetter, planning director. During a separate meeting, Hower’s starting salary was set in the amount of $30,500.

Approved a hazardous materials emergency response service agreement for 2014, recommended by Allen Weaver, emergency services director.

Ratified hazardous materials check No. 1,201 in the amount of $32.55 to Juniata Valley RV Inc. for inspection.

Approved the fiscal year 2014-2015 Juniata County State Offender Supervision Fund Agreement, a grant-in-aid application and an agreement for improvement of adult probation services continuing program, submitted by Michelle A. Beaver, chief probation officer.

Approved checks Nos. 40,910 through 40,950 in the amount of $88,088.05.