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Rental help available to Mifflin Countians

LEWISTOWN — Emergency rental assistance is available for Mifflin County residents who are struggling to pay their bills.

Allison Fisher, the county’s director of human services, provided Mifflin County Commissioners with an update on the grant program Thursday during the board’s regular meeting.

Fisher encouraged renters to apply for the grant at the state website, compass.state.pa.us.

Individuals who do not have access to the internet are encouraged to call (717) 447-5121 to have a paper application sent to them.

The deadline to apply is currently Sept. 30.

“We are encouraging people not to wait, because it seems like there is a lot of money there right now, but that could run out,” she said. “It is first come, first serve.”

To qualify a household of four needs to make under $51,900. Other income levels are available on the website.

Fisher also encouraged landlords to contact tenants who are struggling to pay their rent due to COVID to apply.

Fisher added that food pantries also have resources available after receiving COVID funds and donations.

“Folks should reach out to the food pantries if they’re in need,” she said.

Commissioner Rob Postal added that there are still $116,456 in grants available for the lodging and hospitality industry.

The application period closes on June 15. At that point, the funds will be sent back to the state, Postal said.

The board also took the following action:

¯ Approved exoneration of delinquent real estate taxes to relieve Rebecca Ganoe from the Tax Claim Bureau from collecting tax on a Granville Township parcel that was purchased by the township on May 13, 2021,

¯ Approved exoneration of the 2021 county real estate tax bill and relieve the tax collector from collecting a bill for a Granville Township property that was purchased by the township on May 13 in the amount of $164.59;

¯ Approved an offer for three parcels in Lewistown Borough on the repository for unsold properties for $1,000;

¯ Approved a resolution opening Mifflin County American Rescue Plan account at Juniata Valley Bank;

¯ Submitted a request to draw down funds from the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund;

¯ Approved change orders for the courthouse Annex project with Lobar Inc: Coroner area plumbing, an additional $12,596.73; 3rd Street canopy repairs, an additional $760.42; additional line striping and sign replacements, an additional $558.25; support steel for RTU-1 and RTU-5, an additional $5,188.57; flooring revisions, an additional $7,194.09; delete metal railing and ladder above Probation, decrease of $4,548;

¯ Approved an agreement with Rochester Midland Corporation of water management services at the courthouse and Mifflin County Correctional Facility for June 2 through May 31, 2022 for $3,395, an increase of $99 over last year;

¯ Approved a professional services agreement with EADS Group for additional engineering services for the Dorcas Street Bridge for $3,000;

¯ Approved Maximus US Services to prepare an indirect cost allocation plan for 2020, 2021 and 2022 at a cost of $7,000 per year;

¯ Approved an agreement with McNees, Wallace & Nurick to provide legal services to Mifflin County and Mifflin County Prothonotary;

¯ Approved body-worn camera project agreements with Lewistown Police Department, Mifflin County Regional Police Department, Granville Township Police Department and Mifflin County Sherrif’s Department;

¯ Approved an application for an Adult Treatment Court Grant for Oct. 1, 2021 through Sept. 29, 2022 in the amount of $150,012;

¯ Approved an application for the Pre-Trial Divisionary Grant for Oct. 1, 2021 through Sept. 29, 22 in the amount of $199,999;

¯ Hired Marissa Rishel for the Housing Resource Assistant in the human services office, effective June 7;

¯ Promoted Andrew Mitchell from correctional officer to corporal, effective June 13;

¯ Promoted Abagale Snook from part-time to full-time correctional officer, effective June 13;

¯ Commissioners rejected an offer for a parcel in Lewistown Borough that is currently in the repository for unsold properties for $80.

Commissioner Mark Sunderland was absent from the meeting.

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