JC Veterans Honor Roll modernized

Website now includes entire updated roster of county veterans

MIFFLINTOWN – It’s been a year in the making, but the Juniata County Veterans Honor Roll has been revised and modernized for easy access.

During Tuesday’s weekly business meeting of the Juniata County Commissioners, several members of the Juniata County Veterans Council were on hand to unveil a new portion of the organization’s website that includes an entire roster of past and present veterans from the county.

“This is a comprehensive list of names of people who have served in the armed forces,” explained council member Fred Powell. “It contains all the names of past and present military members.”

Council member Steve Ferrante noted the list now contains more than 4,700 names and is accessible on the council’s website at www.jcveteranscouncil.org. The updated list replaces an old-fashioned flip file that was on hand at the Juniata County Veterans Affairs office for decades, Ferrante said.

Ferrante and Powell stressed that the list is probably still incomplete and are encouraging the public to access the site if they or someone they know is not included. “We would like to have more input from the public on veterans,” Ferrante said. “The more participation we can get from the public the better. This is a labor of love that we will continue to work on and update.”

Commissioner Alice Gray thanked council members for getting this valuable information out to the public.

“I think your vision has spoken millions for what you have made available,” Gray commented. “It’s priceless.”

Also on Tuesday, the commissioners heard a brief presentation on the county’s newly created Geographic Information Systems (GIS) department from Director Mike Hower.

Hower explained a full-time GIS department is something the county has needed for quite awhile and will position the county to be more proactive in a number of areas in the future.

Hower said GIS is critical in terms of future land development projects as well as being able to help coordinate rescue efforts in the event of a natural disaster.

“GIS can be used to assist in planning fleet movement for departments such as probation and the sheriff,” Hower noted. “The software can help make those activities more economically efficient by running route analyses to help them take the most effective route which results in fuel cost savings. It’s also effective in ag land preservation and flood plain analysis.”

Hower said GIS is also a benefit to the county’s 911 emergency services network by providing new and more accurate address information to allow responders to arrive on the scene of a disaster in a more timely manner. “We also have mobile GIS capability that will help with disaster relief and getting emergency services where they need to be,” Hower added.

Commissioner Mark Partner thanked Hower for his efforts and commented, “It’s very impressive what you’ve put together here. This will position us to meet state requirement in the future.”

In other business Tuesday, the commissioners:

¯ Approved the annual software maintenance agreement with Equivant (CourtView-JuryTRAC) in the amount of $1,915. Gray said this software is used to select jury members for Juniata County Court cases.

¯ Ratified a Juniata County Hazardous Materials check in the amount of $5,600 to Ickesburg Fire Company for Motorola radio upgrades.

¯ Approved payment of bills in the amount of $58,568.16.