Vietnam memorial to visit Mifflin County

YEAGERTOWN–Millions of people have traveled to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial since its opening in 1982, and now a replica of the memorial is traveling to Mifflin County. During a Monday night meeting of the Derry Township supervisors, George Baughman spoke on behalf of the Vietnam Veterans Traveling Wall and requested a donation in order to help bring the attraction to the region.

According to Baughman, the wall was created as a way for people to visit the memorial without making the trip to Washington D.C. Baughman noted that approximately 1.4 million people visit the actual wall in the nation’s capital, however more than six million people have had the chance to view it as the replica has traveled across the country. Of the thousands of names listed on the wall, Baughman stated that 17 names honor men from Mifflin County.

The traveling wall is approximately 360 feet long and is anticipated to arrive in Brown Township via police escort on Aug. 7. After four days, the wall will then be moved to Maine. Baughman reported that in order to bring the wall to the area, over $8,000 is needed to cover costs and fees, prompting him to request that Derry Township consider a donation to help with the costs.

“It calls attention to the community of a war that was not popular for service men when they came home,” Baughman said. “It’s kind of a welcome home, but it’s kind of a healing process. The only way we can do it is if the community helps us.”

Following a brief discussion, the township supervisors agreed to do whatever they can to help, pending a review of the township’s code.

“Assuming we don’t have a problem, we’ll be there,” board Chairman John McCullough stated.

In other business, the board discussed ball field concerns from the Mifflin County Pony League and Juniata Valley Football.

They also addressed water drainage problems with the local dog park, as well as updates for the fish habitat stream project at Kish Park. Currently, the board noted that there are no measurable steps that can be taken in order to fix the water issues at the dog park and geese are causing notable problems for the stream project. Township Manager Kelly Shutes stated that the birds are causing erosion to the stream banks and they are also destroying the progress that was previously made with plantings. However, with work still planned to continue, Shutes said that project workers are hoping to complete the project by April.

The board also approved the following:

¯Payment of $3,844.56 to Mid-State Mechanical/Electrical for the Mifflin County Regional Police Renovation project.

¯The transfer of $151,000 from the capital reserve to the general fund for a tractor payment.

¯The transfer of $9,700 from the capital reserve to the park fund for payment of a zero turn mower.

¯A request for forgiveness for a water bill with the road department.

¯The repair of a 2012 P-12 truck bed with Peight Welding in the amount of $3,803.16.

¯The sale of an unsold repository parcel in the amount of $5,169.

¯Moving forward next year with $1 leases for adult sports leagues.

The Derry Township supervisors meet at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month at the Derry Township Municipal Building.