Mill Road study OK’d

Commissioners free to apply for project grants

LEWISTOWN – The Mifflin County Commissioners on Thursday gave formal approval to the Electric Avenue/Mill Road intersection improvement study that was recently completed by the Mifflin County Planning Department.

Bill Gomes, planning director, presented the findings that were released at a separate meeting last week and sought approval of the study, which would be necessary should the commissioners seek to apply for grant monies in the future to make improvements.

“We’ve been working on this since last August,” Gomes reported. “The study looks at issues regarding Mill Road, which has been an ongoing concern for the county.”

Gomes said a committee of interested individuals was formed last summer to examine various options to improve safety. The objective was to develop traffic control and intersection design alternatives such as one-way traffic patterns, turning restrictions and road closures, among others.

One key point of the study, Gomes said, was closing Mill Road altogether would not be practical.

“Mill Road is used by emergency responders between the Electric Avenue corridor and the Walnut Street corridor and closure would increase volumes at the Electric Avenue-Kish Pike intersection,” Gomes said.

Gomes then outlined the following recommendations that came out of the study:

¯ Work with PennDOT to provide traffic control improvements to the U.S. 322 westbound off-ramp.

¯ Pursue funding and programming of intersection improvements to restrict left turns to and from Mill Road.

¯ Encourage enhanced police enforcement of the stop-controlled U.S. 322 westbound exit ramp and Mill Road intersection.

¯ Recommend relocation of the “All Traffic Must Turn Right” sign within the McDonald’s parking lot to the edge of the right-of-way.

¯ Share the conceptual realignment alternative for the U.S. 322 westbound off ramp to Electric Avenue with PennDOT.

In other business Thursday, the commissioners:

¯ Approved a donation agreement with AmerisourceBergen Foundation for 250 drug deactivation kits to be distributed to those who wish to discard old prescription drugs and are unable to get to prescription drug drop-off boxes.

¯ Held a brief public hearing to approve modifications to Community Development Block Grant funding for the Grand Parkway North road construction project in Lewistown Borough.

¯ Approved a letter of understanding between the county and dentists John Bauman and Simar Kaur to provide dental treatment and services to the inmate population at the Mifflin County Correctional Facility for 2018.

¯ Approved a promissory note for the Mifflin County Industrial Development Corporation (MCIDC) Revolving Loan Fund request for $50,000 to be used for improvements to a building in the Mifflin County Industrial Plaza.

¯ Approved an amendment to the participation agreement for the SEDA-COG Natural Gas Cooperative making Northumberland County a party to the agreement.

¯ Approved purchase of service agreements for use, if needed, by Children & Youth and the following agencies: Raystown Developmental Services of Huntingdon, Adelphoi Villaga Inc. of Latrobe and Pentz Run Youth Services of DuBois.

¯ Approved requests for exoneration of 2018 county real estate tax bills for the following: $385 for a parcel located in Bratton Township where the bill was incorrectly printed and will be re-billed with the August supplemental billing; and $525.93 for a parcel in Lewistown Borough that was approved for veteran’s exemption.

¯ Approved the following offers for parcels currently in the repository for unsold properties: $1,100.01 in Decatur Township; $501 in Derry Township; and $200 in Derry Township.

¯ Approved a request for refund of a portion of 2017 real estate taxes for a parcel in Armagh Township, where there was a square footage error, in the amount of $61.54.

¯ Accepted the resignation of Nicole Kitzmiller as a Children & Youth caseworker effective March 2.

¯ Approved the hiring of Nicole Campbell as an on-call deputy coroner effective March 1.

¯ Approved the hiring of Kyle Orndorf as a part-time telecommunicator effective March 5.