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Officials approve CARES funding

Mifflin County sends out 2nd round of local act grants

LEWISTOWN — Mifflin County rolled out a second round of CARES Act Fund grants, expanding application guidelines to offer assistance to more entities.

Mifflin County Planning Commission Director Mark Colussy urged the Board of Mifflin County Commissioners during its regular meeting Thursday to open the second round of relief grants to small businesses, nonprofits, municipalities and broadband using a method similar to round one, “but being clear that all paperwork that’s necessary to support their expenses be provided on submission of the application,” he said. “Based on the applications we have gotten, we still see that there is a variety of need out in the community for small business, nonprofit, municipal and broadband relief, however with that said, we know we have a limited time period to expend these funds.”

The approved action took effect immediately and entities will be able to apply for the next nine business days — until Nov. 12 — to keep with state deadlines.

The second round of application increases the income cap to $1.5 million for small businesses and nonprofits and increases the number of employees from 25 to 50.

Colussy encouraged entities to submit their applications as soon as possible because “there is a limited amount of funds.”

All documents can be uploaded to restoremifflincounty.com. Applicants can also call the Mifflin County Planning Commission office at (717) 242-0887.

The board also approved Zion Hair Salon for $4,329 in CARES Act Fund grants.

“This draws to a conclusion all of our round one applications being reviewed. We have several small businesses that were recommended by the ad hoc review committee to not be funded, most notably because their eligible expenses did not exceed any federal funding they got through the CARES Act such as the (Payment Protection) Program,” Colussy said.

The first phase of the review process required each application to go through a three-phase review process.

“We learned quite a bit, reviewing this and seeing how these are being submitted,” said Colussy

In unrelated news, commissioners postponed the passing of a resolution that would create a County Municipal Authority.

Commissioner Rob Postal said the board is waiting for three nominations from Lewistown Borough to move forward with the process.

“Other municipalities have submitted those nominations to us, but until we get those three, we can’t pass a resolution,” he said.

Lewistown Borough Council meets again on Nov. 9

The board also took the following action:

¯Exonerated tax collector Sherry Miller from collecting 2020 county portion per capita taxes on three properties in Oliver Township and Linda Marks from collecting taxes on 15 properties in Armagh Township;

¯Approved 2020 liquid fuels allocation for Wayne Township in the amount of $5,033.50; Armagh Township in the amount of $5,591.75; Union Township in the amount of $4,654.40 and McVeytown Borough in the amount of $1,000;

¯Approved an agreement with the Center for Tech and Civic Life for Election Administration in the amount of $17,930;

¯Approved an agreement with the EADS Group Inc for the Community Development Block Grant engineer for Oct. 29, 2020 to Oct. 29, 2023;

¯Approved a contract renewal with Geisinger Health Plan for employee group health coverage for Jan. 1, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2021;

¯Reappointed Dwight Yoder, of Belleville, to the Mifflin County Airport Authority for a five-year term, expiring Dec. 31, 2025;

¯Approved reappointments of the Mifflin County Solid Waste Authority for Carl Harley, of Lewistown, for a three-year term; Randy Leister, of Lewistown, for a five-year term and David Conner, of Lewistown, for a three-year term;

¯Approved appointments to the Juniata Valley Behavior and Development Services Citizens Advisory Board for a three-year term for: Lynne Dutcher, of Milroy; William Gomes, of Lewistown; Valerie Postal, of Lewistown;

¯Approved the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund 2020 Grant Agreement in the amount of $37,000;

¯Appointed Emma McClure as an intern for the Children and Youth Department, effective Jan. 19, 2021;

¯Promoted Johanna-Kay Bilger-Hoar to lead LPN at the Mifflin County Correction Facility, effective Nov. 8;

¯Acknowledged the resignation of voter registration/Veterans Affairs Clerk Emily Price, effective Nov. 6.

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