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County discusses transport plan

LEWISTOWN — A project that would improve pedestrian and bicycle transport throughout Mifflin County is moving forward in planning stages.

Michelle Brummer, senior planner with Gannet Fleming, along with Planning Director Mark Colussy updated Mifflin County Commissioners on the project’s progress during the board’s meeting on Thursday.

The project, Mifflin County Moves, is working to establish a network where active travel is intuitive, safe and comfortable, said Brummer.

The plan would expand connections among community destinations and enhance the experience for non-motorized travel.

Brummer said a field tour in mid-June evidenced that “folks are walking — but not on a sidewalk or a dedicated facility where one would expect pedestrians to be or where one would expect them to feel safe.”

The study looked at safety data provided by PennDOT which identified crashes as evidence of less than ideal pedestrian travel routes.

The study includes public input gathered from a variety of sources and addresses items like signage and economic growth.

Colussy said the county is still seeking public input as the plan develops.

The board also took the following action:

• Approved a request for exoneration of 2022 county portion per capita taxes for Bratton Township Tax Collector Sharina Harshbarger for three properties;

• Approved a project modification request for the Mifflin County pre-trial grant to extend the grant until March 2023 and changes to salaries and benefits;

• Approved a purchase of service agreement for use, if needed by Mifflin County Children and Youth Services to: Merakey of Harrisburg, Centre county Children’s Advocacy Center in Bellefonte, The Summit School in Herman, Clear Vision Residential Treatment Services in Montgomery;

• Approved a professional services agreement with Buchart Horn for the Community Development Block Grant Derry Township Senior Center renovations in an amount not to exceed $18,500;

• Approved a pre-trial diversion project grant agreement with CenClear for treatment services not to exceed $33,000;

• Approved an adult treatment court expansion grant agreement with CenClear for counseling services no to exceed $9,725;

• Approved an adult treatment court expansion grant agreement with CenClear for counseling services in an amount not to exceed $5,451;

• Approved a quote from Tyler Technologies for content management for payroll software not to exceed $18,647;

• Approved a resolution authorizing the filing of the Department of Community and Economic Development Home application and allowing the chairman to sign related documents;

• Approved a resolution authorizing the chairman to sign the electronic integrity grant application and any related documents;

• Approved the resignation of Correctional Facility Sergeant Josh Neff, effective Aug. 1;

• Approved the promotion of Robert Sidney from correctional officer to lieutenant, effective Aug. 7;

• Approved the promotion of Dwayne Kurtz from part-time correctional officer to full-time correctional officer, effective Aug. 7;

• Approved the resignation of Children and Youth caseworker Barbara Burton, effective Aug. 12.

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