Commissioners proclaim ‘Older Americans Month’

Sentinel photo by JOE CANNON 
The Mifflin County Commissioners on Thursday adopted a proclamation designating May as ‘Older Americans Month.’ Participating in the proclamation ceremony were, seated from left, Commissioners Kevin Kodish, Lisa Nancollas and Stephen Dunkle. Standing, from left, Mary Ann Demi, executive director of Mifflin-Juniata Regional Services Corporation; and Linda Himes and John Kauffman, of the Milroy Senior Citizen Center. Nancollas resigned as commissioner during the Thursday meeting.

Sentinel photo by JOE CANNON
The Mifflin County Commissioners on Thursday adopted a proclamation designating May as ‘Older Americans Month.’ Participating in the proclamation ceremony were, seated from left, Commissioners Kevin Kodish, Lisa Nancollas and Stephen Dunkle. Standing, from left, Mary Ann Demi, executive director of Mifflin-Juniata Regional Services Corporation; and Linda Himes and John Kauffman, of the Milroy Senior Citizen Center. Nancollas resigned as commissioner during the Thursday meeting.

LEWISTOWN — The Mifflin County Commissioners on Thursday adopted a proclamation designating May as “Older Americans Month.”

“Mifflin County includes older Americans who richly contribute to our community,” Commissioner Kevin Kodish read from the proclamation. “We acknowledge that what it means ‘to age’ has changed, for the better.”

The proclamation stated Regional Services Corporation and its affiliates Mifflin-Juniata Area Agency on Aging, Mifflin-Juniata Food Service, and Call-A-Ride Services are committed to supporting older adults as they take charge of their health, explore new opportunities and focus on independence.

“We urge every resident to take time during this month to acknowledge older adults and the people who service them as influential and vital parts of our community,” Kodish said.

Mary Ann Demi, executive director of Mifflin-Juniata Regional Services Corp., and consumers Linda Himes and John Kauffman of the Milroy Senior Citizens Center accepted the proclamation.

In other business Thursday, the commissioners:

¯ Approved Justice Assistance grant subcontracts with the following agencies: JV Behavioral Development Services, $12,298 for psychiatric evaluations; JV Behavioral Development Services, $4,680 for medical checks; Sam Inc., $15,000; Clear Concepts Counseling, $10,800 for inmate group re-entry; Clear Concepts Counseling, $7,020 for individual inmate re-entry; Tri-County Drug and Alcohol, $18,000 for criminal justice case manager services; JV Behavioral Development Services, $32,400 for a tenancy unit; JV Behavioral Development Services, $7,200 for utilities; MJ-Human Services, $7,120 for grant administration; and M-J Human Services, $6,223 for housing coordinator.

Human Services Director Allison Fisher said the grant is used for the inmate re-entry program.

¯ Approved an agreement with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, acting by and through the Pennsylvania State Police, to permit the county to have access to an existing state radio network division tower in Huntingdon County to increase 911 coverage for residents of Kistler Borough and Wayne Township.

¯ Approved acceptance of the hazardous materials emergency planning grant for fiscal year 2016-17 in the amount of $56,750. Emergency Services Director Phil Lucas said the grant funding is used for training for first responders, hazardous materials programs, and a commodity and flow study to determine what hazardous materials are going through Mifflin County on a regular basis.

¯ Approved an agreement with Language Line Solutions to provide audio interpretations via telephone for inmates at the correctional facility.

¯ Approved a contract addendum with Clear Concepts Counseling to extend the HUD Permanent Housing Program at Shelter Services for six months to Sept. 30.

¯ Approved a purchase of service agreement for use, if needed, with Millie Sunderland for payroll consulting for the period April 17, 2017 through Jan. 31, 2018 at an hourly rate of $24.

¯ Approved an agreement with J-Way Architectural to develop an architectural floor plan for the Mifflin County Annex Building conversion to house female inmates at a cost of $7,500.

¯ Approved purchase of service agreements for use, if needed, by Children & Youth with Children’s Resource Center of Harrisburg, and Clear Vision Residential Treatment Services of Montgomery.

¯ Approved an agreement with Evangelical Medical Services Organization to provide physician services to the Mifflin County Correctional Facility for the period July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018 in the amount of $1,275 per week.

¯ Appointed Haley Knepp as an intern in the Crime Victim office effective May 1.

¯ Accepted the resignation of Stephen Stepanski as RN/health services manager at the correctional facility effective April 17.

¯ Approved the hiring of Marilyn Moser as RN/health services manager at the correctional facility effective April 18.

¯ Approved the transfer of Andrew Mitchell, Victoria Miller and Cindy McClellen from part-time to full-

time corrections officers

effective April 16.

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