Funding approved for recreation-related projects

LEWISTOWN — Improvement projects in a number of municipalities will become a reality following action taken Thursday by the Mifflin County Commissioners.

Acting on a recommendation from the Mifflin County Parks and Recreation Council, the commissioners approved $45,783.35 in Act 13 funds to go toward several projects in the planning stages, including:

–$2,151.40 to Lewistown Borough for Rec Park pavilion roof repairs.

–$8,969.09 to Derry Township for the Kish Park waterline replacement project.

–$1,207.31 to Lewistown Borough for Juniata River Trail landscaping.

–$10,000 to Brown Township for Reedsville Playground baseball field upgrades.

–$20,000 to Menno Township for the Allensville walking trail project.

–$3,455.55 to Lewistown Borough for Juniata River Trail trash receptacles.

According to County Planning Director Bill Gomes, Act 13 funding is a result of the county’s annual allotment of Marcellus Shale funding.

In other business Thursday, the commissioners awarded the low bid of $149,425 to HRI Inc. of State College for the West Wayne Sewer Authority sewer line and pump station upgrades, and the low bid of $163,361.64 to Jay Fulkroad & Sons of McAlisterville for South Wayne Street and Spring Street road reconstruction projects in Lewistown.

Also on Thursday, the commissioners:

¯ Approved the continuing web services agreement with the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania to provide support for the county’s website.

¯ Approved an offer of $200 for a parcel located in Burnham Borough that is currently in repository for unsold properties.

¯ Approved purchase of service agreements for use, if needed, by Children & Youth with the following: Connellsville Counseling and Psychological Services of Connellsville, Rachel Jimenez of State College, and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg.

¯ Approved a project modification for the Pre-Trial Program Grant to extend the deadline from Sept. 30, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2019 to utilize unspent grant funding.

¯ Approved a project modification for the Juvenile Treatment Court Grant to extend the deadline from Sept. 30, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2018.

–Heard a plea for support from Carrie Coble, president of One Dog at a Time, a local animal rescue group that is seeking support for its programs in dealing with neglected and/or abused animals. Coble said current animal rescue agencies do a tremendous job, but the demand is there to do much more. She said she would at least like to see a community dialog take place to address this serious problem.

¯ Rescinded the hiring of Jason Houser as a part-time corrections officer.

¯ Hired the following part time corrections officers: Dwayne Kurtz effective Aug. 27, James Alexander effective Sept. 4, and Nathan Beaver effective Sept. 10.

¯ Accepted the resignation of Erin Miller, Children & Youth caseworker supervisor, effective Sept. 7.

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