MIFFLINTOWN - The Juniata County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a proclamation designating December 2012 as "United Way Month."
The United Way of Mifflin-Juniata has been serving the Juniata Valley for more than 75 years, the proclamation states. Throughout the year, the agency improves lives by mobilizing the power of the community to solve difficult problems and provide support for area residents.
The proclamation by the board was issued to heighten public awareness and encourage support of the current fundraising campaign, said Commissioner Jeffrey Zimmerman. The money raised will be used to fund projects throughout 2013 to benefit local children, families and seniors.
Sentinel photo by JULIANNE CAHILL
The Juniata County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday adopting the Allegheny Ridge Heritage Area Management action plan update. The update was presented by Karl King and Jane Sheffield, representatives of the Allegheny Ridge Corporation. Pictured from left, front, Commissioner Teresa O'Neal, Commissioner Jeffrey Zimmerman and Commissioner Robert Reynolds; back, Karl King and Jane Sheffield.
Also during the meeting, the commissioners heard a presentation by representatives of the Allegheny Ridge Corporation regarding the progress of the Main Line Canal Greenway which runs through Juniata County. Development of the area began in 1992 and serves to foster sustainable economic growth, said Jane Sheffield, representative of the corporation.
Corporation representative Karl King said water and land-based trails are being developed to promote connectivity in the 320-mile corridor between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg.
The commissioners voted to approve Resolution 2012-5, adopting the Allegheny Ridge Heritage Area Management action plan update. According to the resolution, the enhancement of recreational resources will generate economic activity, improve bicycle and pedestrian transportation, improve health through active living and enhance cultural awareness and community identity.
In other new business, the commissioners:
Approved the County Children and Youth Social Service Programs Certification statement of receipts and expenditures for July 1 through Sept. 30, as submitted by Helen Henry, Children and Youth director.
Approved the A.W.A.R.D. grant application, subgrant No. 23,987, as submitted by Michelle A. Beaver, chief probation officer.
Approved the hiring of Danielle Davidson to temporarily replace a probation staff person who will be taking medical leave for four to six weeks, as submitted by Beaver.
Reviewed the Juniata County Adult and Juvenile Probation Department October 2012 monthly report as prepared by Beaver.
Approved the resignation of Donald Bashore as an "at large" member of the Juniata County Agricultural Land Preservation Board of Directors, effective Dec. 31.
Approved the appointment of Bashore to a three-year municipal official member term on the Juniata County Agricultural Land Preservation Board of Directors, effective Jan. 1.
Approved the appointment of Tina Shirey to the Juniata County Agricultural Land Preservation Board of Directors to fill Bashore's former position. Her appointment is for a one-year term beginning Jan. 1.
Approved the reappointment of Douglas Brubaker to a three-year AG member term on the Juniata County Agricultural Land Preservation Board of Directors, effective Jan. 1.
Approved the appointment of David Clark to a three-year AG member term on the Juniata County Agricultural Land Preservation Board of Directors, effective Jan. 1.
Reviewed the November 2012 field assessment totals, as submitted by Jeff Haines, chief assessor.
Approved the 2013 schedule for salary, retirement and commissioners' board meetings.
Approved checks Nos. 36,390 to 36,439 in the amount of $30,852.28.