Roundtables to focus on youth drug, alcohol issues

MIFFLINTOWN – In an effort to educate the public on the issue of teenage drug and alcohol abuse, the Juniata County Prevention Board on Tuesday announced three upcoming community roundtable events during the month of June.

During the public comment period of Tuesday’s business meeting of the Juniata County Commissioners, Melissa Fausey, community coordinator for the Juniata County Prevention Board, announced the three events, scheduled for June 11, 6:30 p.m. at the Port Royal Community Building, June 18, 6:30 p.m. at the Richfield Fire House, and June 25, 6:30 p.m. at the Lack-Tuscarora EMS Building.

“These roundtable events are designed to inform and educate the public on youth drug and alcohol issues,” Fausey said. “This is an opportunity to come and learn what’s already happening and to explore ways the public can become involved and be a part of the solution.”

Fausey said a number of Juniata County agencies plan to be in attendance at the events, including Pennsylvania State Police, various emergency services organizations, Juniata Valley Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, the Juniata County School District, District Attorney Corey Snook, Clear Concepts Counseling, and the Juniata County Coroner’s office.

“There’s a lot of help available out there,” Fausey continued. “There are a lot of organizations looking to find solutions.”

Commissioner Mark Partner congratulated Fausey and her organization for putting these meetings together, commenting, “I’m especially pleased to see the involvement and cooperation of the various partner agencies. I think the public needs to take advantage of the resources that are out there.”

Commissioner Todd Graybill agreed, noting, “This is an excellent opportunity for the community to come in and interact with these agencies and see what is out there to help. People need to know there is help out there. They just need to know where to look. This is an opportunity to make those connections.”

In other business Tuesday, the commissioners:

¯ Ratified the memorandum of understanding between Juniata County Emergency Services and the U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation to use space at the Beavertown tower site as recommended by Emergency Services Director Allen Weaver. “This is a site previously owned by the Game Commission,” Weaver said. “This is just to update the paperwork that says they (the FBI) have the right to service their equipment and they understand that we own the site.”

¯ Approved the Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness grant agreement for federal fiscal year 2017-18 in the amount of $14,520. Weaver explained proceeds from the grant are used to provide planning and training for the county’s hazardous materials program. It will also be used to pay for a chemical study to determine the amount of hazardous materials that pass through the county on a daily basis, Weaver added.

¯ Approved, pending legal review, a Nittany Media Inc. service order to install fiber optics between the Juniata and Perry County Courthouses with costs being absorbed by 911 funds.

¯ Approved a purchase of service agreement between Children & Youth and the county probation department with Bethany Home Inc. for the period July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

¯ Approved a service agreement between Children & Youth and Preventative Aftercare Inc. for the period July 10, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

¯ Approved a lease agreement with Ricoh USA Inc. for a new copy machine in the county’s Bousum Building for a period of 60 months at a cost of $86.62 per month and a per copy cost of 8 cents.

¯ Approved a revised maintenance agreement with Ricoh Inc. USA for the other existing copy machine in the Bousum Building for a period of 36 months at a cost of $90 per month.

¯ Approved a “Payment-In-Lieu-Of-Taxes” agreement with Christian Retreat Center Allegheny Conference-Bic Church, a Pennsylvania not-for-profit corporation, and authorized the county solicitor to withdraw the pending appeal in Commonwealth Court as a result of the agreement.

¯ Approved payment of bills in the amount of $239,214.40