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MC board discusses grant funds

CARES Act money use on the table

LEWISTOWN — During a brief meeting of the Mifflin County Commissioners on Thursday, a public hearing regarding use of Community Development Block Grant funding was held.

The specific funds being discussed were dollars the county received as part of the CARES Act, said Chastity Fultz, the administrator of the county planning department.

“We initially targeted these funds for the laptops for the Mifflin County school students,” Fultz said. “That project has gone away. We’ve been actively looking for other projects. We’ve been spending last fall exploring the paycheck projects. We were targeting certain presumed benefits areas where we assume that there are a lot of moderate incomes. We were looking at the homeless shelter, senior centers.”

Fultz said using the funds on youth centers like the LUMINA Center was also explored but explained that because the LUMINA Center is for all youth and not just troubled youth, it is not eligible.

“We have looked at the Shelter Services, Lewistown Senior Center over on the Heights, Yeagertown Senior Center in Derry Township,” Fultz said.

She explained that the muncipalities that host these facilities are contributing to the projects as well, as Fultz said she has conducted similar hearings in Lewistown Borough and Brown, Derry and Granville townships.

“Each of the municipalities adopted a resolution asking the commissioners, we’d like to reduce the Mifflin County laptop projects in the county CDBG funds by a total of $79,679.10,” Fultz said. “We would like to add the Shelter Services HVAC project in the amount of $46,309.10 and the Lewistown Senior Center HVAC project in the amount of $33,370.”

Fultz said the amounts listed will be enough to completely fund the HVAC projects.

The commissioners unanimously voted to adopt the resolution.

The commissioners also approved budget modifications to the FFY 2019 CDBG Program. The project will include the senior center HVAC unit and will move funding from the postponed Woodlawn Avenue project.

The commissioners approved another resoultion approving budget modifications to the FFY 2018 CDBG Program for Brown Township for the Reedsville sidewalk project.

Also on Thursday, the commissioners approved:

¯ Request for exoneration of 2021 supplemental county real estate tax bill and relieve the tax collector from collecting a bill in the amount of $653.15 for a parcel in Bratton Township because it will be re-billed with the 2022 county billing

¯ Project modification request for the Mifflin County Co-Responders Program

¯ Purchase of service agreement for use, if needed, by Children and Youth for the period July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 with the following entities: Rebecca Fite, Lewistown; Kids Korner Learning Center, Sunbury; Concern Professional Services, Fleetwood; and Bethesda Lutheran Services, Meadville

¯ Tax claim 2022 fees and costs

¯ Court Interpreter Services grant in the amount of $7,626.25

¯ Mifflin County Intermediate Punishment Treatment Program modification for the period July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 with Tri-County Drug and Alcohol Commission not to exceed $2,483

¯ Mifflin County Adult Treatment Court Expansion agreements with Brighter Visions Counseling not to exceed $9,725 and Tri-County Drug and Alcohol Commission not to exceed $7,125

¯ Allocating $4,900 of Act 152 funds to demolish a structure owned by the Juniata Valley YMCA and located at 107 2nd Avenue, Burnham. The YMCA wishes to use the property for additional parking.

¯ HVAC service agreements renewals with Controls, Service, and Engineering Co., Inc., New Cumberland, for Mifflin County 911 sites for the period April 1, 2022 through April 1, 2023: Allensville Tower $874 per year; Blue Mountain Tower $1,258 per year; Jack’s Tower $874 per year; and New Lancaster Tower $874 per year

¯ 20-year agreement with Skills of Central Pennsylvania, Inc. for payment in lieu of taxes

¯ Resignation of Elyse Baisey from Administrative Assistant Paralegal in the Public Defender’s Office effective Feb. 28

¯ Transfer of Marissa Rishel from Human Services to Public Defender Administrative Assistant/Paralegal effective Feb. 25

¯ Promotion of Joseph Ciccolini from part-time to full time corrections officer effective Feb. 20

¯ Resignation of part-time corrections officer Colby Brindle effective Feb. 5

¯ Resignation of judicial law clerk Rebecca Bain effective Feb. 25

¯ Hiring of Chantz Swartz and Thomas Harris V as for probation officers effective Feb. 28

The Mifflin County Commissioners’ next scheduled meeting is 9 a.m. March 3 in Meeting Room A on the second floor of the Mifflin County Courthouse in Lewistown.

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