Mifflin County commissioners acknowledge Hidlay

May 21-27 designated Emergency Services Week

LEWISTOWN — Mifflin County High School state wrestling champion Trent Hidlay was honored Thursday by the Mifflin County Commissioners. Hidlay recently joined his brother Hayden as the Huskies’ second state wrestling champion after completing an undefeated 38-0 season.

“Trent Hidlay complied a perfect 38-0 record in 2016-17 and possesses a career mark of 111-14 overall, including 50 falls,” Commissioner Kevin Kodish read from a proclamation. “Trent earned the coveted Rod Tate Memorial Award as the county’s outstanding wrestler and is a three-time PIAA state qualifier and two-time place winner.”

The proclamation noted Hidlay, a junior, is a three-time District 6 champion and two-time Northwest Regional titleholder, earned a championship at FLO Nationals in 2017, and has twice earned All-American honors in freestyle at the USA Wrestling Cadet/Junior Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota. He finished the 2016-17 season ranked third in the nation by FLO Wrestling and ranked sixth by Intermat at 160 pounds.

“We commend Trent Hidlay for his training, his commitment to his goals and his achievements in wrestling and extend best wishes for his continued success in the future,” Kodish added.

In accepting the proclamation, Hidlay thanked the county commissioners.

“I’m very proud to represent Mifflin County and am fortunate to have had the opportunity to succeed at what I like to do,” Hidlay said. “I’d like to thank the community and my coaches for all the support.”

Commissioner Stephen Dunkle said Hidlay comes from “a remarkable family of athletes.”

“You are truly an ambassador for Mifflin County,” Dunkle said. “You speak well for the people living in the county.”

Kodish said it is hard to comprehend all Hidlay has done in the past year.

“Not only was he undefeated, but he went the entire season without being taken down,” Kodish said. “We need to acknowledge that phenomenal dedication. Congratulations, again.”

Also during the meeting, the commissioners adopted a proclamation designating May 21-27 as “Emergency Services Week,” thanking and acknowledging the members of countywide emergency services teams that provide life-saving care to those in need.

On hand to accept the proclamation were Shari Spicher, of Big Valley Ambulance, and Mark Wolfgang, regional EMS education coordinator with the Seven Mountains EMS Council.

Wolfgang said in the past 12 months, local EMS organizations responded to 8,576,911 emergency calls, as well as thousands of non-emergency calls.

“That’s remarkable and I believe these individuals deserve a round of applause for all that they do,” Wolfgang said.

In other business, the commissioners approved a recommendation from the engineering firm, the EADS Group, to accept the low bid from Jay Fulkroad & Sons for bridge repair work on structures over Jack’s Creek and Kish Creek in Lewistown.

Lucas Parks, of the EADS Group, opened the three bids received during the commissioners workshop meeting May 11 and recommended the low bid be awarded.

Parks said Fulkroad’s bid was $258,483.11 and he expects construction to get underway “somewhere around the Fourth of July.”

He added the project length is approximately eight weeks. Most of the work will be guided by flaggers directing traffic, however, when a new protective membrane and paving work is necessary, motorists will be directed to a detour, Parks said.

In other business, the commissioners:

¯ Approved the Mifflin County Adult Probation/Parole Improvement Grant in the amount of $9,952. Kodish said the grant money will go toward the purchase of ankle bracelets that detect the use of any alcoholic beverages that may be ingested by the wearer and for the purchase of SurfacePro tablets, for officers to use during fieldwork.

¯ Approved a resolution authorizing an application through SEDA-Council of Governments for Appalachian Regional Commission Program funds to be used to upgrade oftentimes slow and unreliable internet service in the county. Kodish said an opportunity exists to partner with SEDA-COG and Juniata County to apply for the funding, which would be used to undertake a feasibility study and master plan for improved internet service in both counties. On a related note, County Planning Director Bill Gomes reported responses to a recently sent electronic survey to 800 area businesses regarding internet needs has been dismal. “As of yesterday, we’ve only received 63 responses. We’re considering re-sending this out through the county in the hopes we get a better response. Without input, it’s hard to respond how this will move forward,” he said. Commissioner Rob Postal agreed, noting, “We need to encourage people to complete those surveys.”

¯ Approved an agreement to participate in a 911 Regional Next Generation ESINet & CPE System partnership with seven other counties. Public Safety Director Phil Lucas said the partnership would allow eight counties to share 911 services and equipment, thereby saving on costs and providing backup 911 coverage in the event telephone lines go down or some other emergency situation arises. “We will see considerable cost savings,” Lucas said. “It’s a win-win for us.”

¯ Approved a request for exoneration of 2017 county real state tax bill for a parcel located in Newton Hamilton Borough where a building was removed and will be re-billed with the August supplemental billing. The county’s portion is $280.

¯ Approved offers of $300 and $100 for two parcels in Derry Township that are currently in repository for unsold properties.

¯ Approved a purchase of service agreement for use, if needed, by Children & Youth with Worthy’s Refuse Inc. of McVeytown, for home clean up assistance for Children & Youth families.

¯ Appointed Russell Rager of Lewistown to a five-year term on the Mifflin County Industrial Development Authority.

¯ Accepted the resignation of part-time 911 telecommunicator Nicole Leister effective May 8.

¯ Hired Justin Mattern and Ayla Hockenberry as juvenile probation officers effective May 15.

¯ Hired Emily Price as intergovernmental coordinator in the Domestic Relations office effective May 22.

¯ Hired Lonnie Griffith as physical plant director effective June 19.

¯ Approved the appointment of Shelly Williamson as an intern in the Planning office effective May 30.