Board hears CDBG project request review

MIFFLINTOWN – In anticipation of making final decisions next month, the Juniata County Commissioners on Tuesday heard a presentation on a number of proposed projects that have requested Community Development Block Grant funding for 2018.

Glenda Ruch of the SEDA Council of Governments was on hand to provide a project review on funding requests for several projects that are on tap in the county.

Requests for funding have come from the following:

¯ $150,000 from Fayette Township for the Oakland Mills Sewage project. Monies would be used for installation of a water discharge treatment plant as part of the ongoing $1.5 million project.

¯ $113,045 to the Mifflintown Municipal Authority for boring under Route 75 to accommodate a water main extension in the Mexico area of Walker Township. Ruch said it is her recommendation to defer this request to 2019 in order to secure additional funding.

¯ $36,221 to Beale Township and Walnut Sewer Authority for installation of an emergency backup power generator to be used during long-term power outages.

¯ $48,770 to the Twin Boroughs Sanitary Authority for pump replacements in Mexico.

¯ $39,450 for administration costs.

Ruch said she anticipates the 2018 CDBG allocation to remain level at or near $220,000. She added she will bring final project and funding recommendations to the board during its July 17 meeting, with a public hearing scheduled for August 21 to obtain any comments from Juniata County residents.

In other business Tuesday, the board adopted a proclamation recognizing and thanking members of the Juniata County Amateur Radio Club for their efforts during “June 18-24 Amateur Radio Week.”

During the proclamation ceremony it was pointed out that members of the club stand at the ready to assist local emergency services personnel in the event of a major power outage. They use their own equipment and can assist with communicating when emergency situations arise.

“These folks play a role to complement us when our system is down,” explained Commissioner Alice Gray.

“A system has to be in place if a tornado comes along and cripples one of our towers,” added Allen Weaver, the county’s director of emergency services. “These guys with their portable antennas are a great asset.”

In other action Tuesday, the commissioners:

¯ Approved federal fiscal year 2015 CDBG project budget revisions to ensure the money is utilized prior to the expiration date.

¯ Approved an amendment to the cooperative agreement for federal fiscal year 2016 by and between Port Royal Municipal Authority and Juniata County to change the original allocation from $115,840 to $110,960.

¯ Re-appointed Philip Bomberger as the Juniata County trustee to the SEDA Foundation Inc. Board of Trustees for fiscal year 2018-19.

¯ Approved a purchase of service agreement between Children and Youth, the county’s probation department and Concern Professional Services for Children, Youth and Families for the period July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

¯ Approved the hiring of Allison Miller as a secretary for Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline Leister’s office at a starting wage of $11.66 per hour as per the current bargaining unit contract.

¯ Ratified the following Juniata County Hazardous Materials checks: $99 to High Tech Hobbies for a laptop battery; $59.50 to Casner’s Service Center for vehicle service; and $57.74 to Wex Bank for the purchase of fuel.

¯ Approved child accounting and profile system application service provider consulting, consulting services addendums and the “HIPAA Business Associate Agreement Addendum” between Children and Youth Services and Avanco International Inc.

¯ Approved the purchase of a GMC Acadia or similar vehicle for the mobile drug take back program not to exceed $39,900. This agreement is a requirement of a Juniata County Opioid Grant application which includes the cost of the vehicle.

¯ Approved payment of bills in the amount of $193,076.30.