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Commissioners OK plan for block grant funds

New position created for part-time district attorney in Snook’s office

MIFFLINTOWN — The Juniata County Commissioners approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the implementation of Countywide Action Plans block grants for Dauphin, Perry, Juniata and Mifflin Counties at their regular meeting Tuesday.

District Manager and Agricultural Land Preservation Program Administrator of the Conservation District Christopher Snyder was in attendance to tell the board what this does for the county.

“The MOU is for the authority for reimbursements for any potential projects. If we have any (projects) moving forward, they might be run through the district or they might be run through the county depending on the project,” Snyder said.

“This is determined by the type of project and what the level of funding required for the project are,” Snyder continued. “How it works is: We would do the project. The district or the county would pay for the project, whatever it may be, and then the bill would go through Tri-County Planning to go to (the state Dept. of Environmental Protection) for reimbursement.

“This is a reimbursement program. The MOU is the mechanism that Tri County requires to follow that financial chain back and forth.”

Tri-County is the holder of the state grant for Dauphin, Perry, Juniata and Mifflin County projects.

In other business, the board:

• Approved tax exonerations for Fermanagh, Greenwood, Milford townships and Mifflintown Borough.

• Reviewed the “Change in Assessment Report” submitted by the Juniata County Assessment Office, the “Children & Youth Statistical Report” submitted by CYS Director Ashley Baxter, the “Children & Youth Services Expenditure Report” submitted by the CYS fiscal department and the “Summary of Collections Report” submitted by Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline Leister.

• Ratified the collective bargaining agreement with the Service Employees International Union Local 668.

• Approved the payment of checks 64582 through 64673 in the amount of $342,603.40.

• Approved the BK Hower Project Cost payment for the home housing rehab project in the amount of $8,905.

The Juniata County Salary Board:

• Acknowledged the hiring of Korinne Walters as a Juniata County Probation Officer effective May 25.

• Approved the employment status change for Tammy Casey to office manager with the assessment office, previously associate planner.

• Approved the creation of a part-time position with the district attorney’s office and approved the hiring of Olivia Gamble as that part-time employee as requested by DA Cory Snook.

DA Snook addressed the board to say, “Our court calendar is cyclical and we are very busy during certain times. Gamble will be attending law school in the fall. This will basically be a summer position unless we can find someone to fill it.”

President Judge Kenneth Mummah joined the meeting to emphasize the importance of the hiring of Korrine Walters as a Juniata County probation officer.

“This is very important. She will be working with adults and youth so she has been dual trained,” he said. “Walters has completed her psych evaluations, is college educated and very qualified.”

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