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Completion of bridge accepted by officials

Commissioners approve memo with Derry Township

LEWISTOWN — Township officials were on hand at Thursday’s meeting of the Mifflin County Commissioners for recognition of another bridge project that has been completed as part of a program to address structurally deficient bridges in the county.

The bridge along Strodes Run Road which links Oliver and Granville townships was completed and reopened to traffic in the late summer.

“As municipalities, we really appreciate how well the cooperation has gone between the municipalities and the county,” said Granville Township Supervisor Jim Smith.

The commissioners presented a ceremonial check to the supervisors in the amount of $184,500 for the project.

“On behalf of Oliver Township and all the other municipalities in the county, this is a great program and it really aids in our bridge infrastructure and it just helps us out in financial ways and we have great cooperation with all the municipalities and just working together,” said Oliver Township Supervisor Ryan Casner. “I just wanted to say ‘thank you.'”

“I’d like to thank everybody for the project. I think it turned out very, very well,” said Oliver Township Supervisor Francis Goss. “I live back that way and use that bridge all the time. So, it definitely makes a difference.”

In other business Thursday, the commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding with Derry Township for reimbursement from the Act 152 funds for the demolition of two properties on Woodland Avenue that were severely damaged by fire. The reimbursement was in the amount of $9,100 or half of the demolition cost.

“For those of you who don’t know about our county-wide demolition program, we collect funds through the filing of mortgages with the register and recorder’s office and we have a substantial amount of funds right now that we are willing to help various municipalities and nonprofits with demolition of any unsafe structures,” explained Chastity Fultz, Community Development Administrator for the Mifflin County Planning and Development Department. “The county is willing to review applications and provide up to 50% of the demolition costs.”

Fultz also explained that because the property owners have refused to demolish the structure, the township went ahead and moved forward with demolition and placed liens on the properties. Fultz said because the liens are in place and are only for the $18,200 invested in the demolition, if the properties are sold, 100% of the funds used for that purpose could be recouped.

Also on Thursday, the commissioners:

¯Approved the minutes from the Nov. 18 meeting;

¯Approved paying the county’s bills;

¯Accepted the treasurer’s report;

¯Approved requests for exoneration of the 2021 portion of county per capita taxes, 20 by Decatur Township Tax Collector Cindy McKnight and three by Union Township Tax Collector Herb Zook;

¯Approved applications for county aid for the 2021 liquid fuels allocation, $1,000 for Juniata Terrace Borough, $1,000 for Newton Hamilton Borough and $2,059 for Burnham Borough;

¯Approved the reappointment of Beth Reifsnyder, of Lewistown, to the Mifflin County Airport Authority for a five-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2026;

¯Approved appointment of Mark Baker, of Lewistown, to fill an unexpired term on the Mifflin County Solid Waste Authority that expires Dec. 31, 2023;

¯Approved a purchase of service agreement with Michelle Baker to privide cleaning services at Magisterial District Judge Kent Smith’s office at a rate of $200 per month for the year 2022;

¯Approved a Children and Youth custodial parent services agreement with Dusharm Law LLC of Newport to provide court-appointed counsel for custodial parents in child welfare cases for the period Jan. 1, 2022, through Dec. 31, 2022, for the sum of $2,500 per month;

¯Accepted the MCM recommendation for Mifflin County Wireless to be chosen as the vendor to utilize the New Lancaster Valley tower. County Emergency Services Director Phil Lucas said the recommendation was because the Mifflin County Wireless equipment would take up less space and add less weight to the tower while providing the same service;

¯Approved the 2021 State Homeland Secruity Grant Program agreement in the amount of $450,804. Lucas said it was a state grant that is used to provide training and purchasing equipment and is part of an eight-county cooperative;

¯Approved a purchase of service agreement for use, if needed, by Children and Youth with the Summit School of Herman, Bobbie Rabuck, esquire, of State College, Family Care Services, of Chambersburg, Common Sense Adoption Services, of Mechanicsburg, and Hermitage House Youth Services Inc., of Cambridge Springs;

¯Approved the reappointment of Mark Ellinger, of Lewistown, to the Agriculture Preservation Board for a three-year term;

¯Approved the following appointments to the LEPC Committee: Craig Weston, Granville Township Police Department; Mary Herto, Granville Township; Robert Postal, Mifflin County; Daniel Lynch, Mifflin County; Brian Fleegal, Mifflin County; Phil Lucas, Mifflin County; Lisa Harris, Mifflin County; Kyle Bodtorf, Mifflin County; Bob Barlett, Lewistown Fire Department; Eric Howell, Fame EMS; Eric Moist, Chief Logan Volunteer Fire Department; Paul Maidens, Mifflin County School District; Cindy Sunderland, Call-A-Ride Services; Andre French, Mifflin County Regional Police Department; Don Hartzler, Union Mill; Deborah Bargo, Lewistown Borough; Craig Wheeler, Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital; Wade Daughtry, Trinity Plastics Inc.; Dale Stehley, public at-large; Robert Schell, public at-large; Howard Jackson, Red Cross; and Mark Heisey, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation;

¯Approved a purchase of service agreement with BMZ Law P.C. of Lewistown for county solicitor at the monthly rate of $3,125;

¯Approved a professional services contract with J-Way Architectural of Summerhill to provide an initial schematic design for the Mifflin County Correctional Facility HVAC system replacement in the amount of $11,200;

¯Approved Resolution No. 20 of 2021 authorizing execution of documents related to the sale and transfer of real property in Derry Township to Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries;

¯Voted to display the proposed 2022 budget on Dec. 7 for final adoption on Dec. 30;

¯Approved the appointment of Kaleb Smith as an unpaid intern in the probation office, effective Dec. 13;

¯Approved the promotion of Cortney McMullen from caseworker III to caseworker supervisor in the Children and Youth Department, effective Dec. 6;

¯Approved the hiring of Emily Solt-Marks for part-time LPN at the Mifflin County Correctional Facility, effective Dec. 8.

The Mifflin County Commissioners’ next meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 16 in Meeting Room A on the second floor of the Mifflin County Courthouse in Lewistown.

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