LEWISTOWN – In a heartfelt and moving act in support of those who have served, Mifflin County Commissioners celebrated Project Green Light for Veterans on Thursday and announced Veterans Day October as an opportunity to to honor Mifflin County veterans and the project.
James Conway of the Mifflin County Department of Veterans Affairs shared with commissioners the Green Light Project, in which green lights are posted outside homes and businesses in recognition of veterans and the transitions that they also cross after returning from their service in our country.
Conway also shared his appreciation for county residents and commissioners for their support of the department.
Commissioner Kevin Kodish said: “As our veterans made the selfless and ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and risked their lives to protect ours, Mifflin County recognizes and honors our veterans for their courage and commitment to our country.”
“The bravery shown by our veterans as well as the reality of the difficult transitions they face returning to civilian life is recognized and Mifflin County cares and our veterans have our full support.” , he added.
Also present where Sergeants Abigail Turner and Joseph Turner accept the commissioners’ proclamation.
Mifflin County Commissioners also recognized the Babe Ruth All-Star Mifflin County baseball team that won the Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Championship and qualified for the Babe Ruth World Series at the meeting. Mifflin County 14-year-old manager Bill Corbin spoke to county commissioners, thanking the children, parents and community for their dedicated and unwavering support throughout the tournament and the ultimate championship.
By bringing the trophy back to Mifflin County, the local baseball team is part of the dynasty of success the program has enjoyed.
In other matters Thursday, counsel:
• Held a public hearing for the Community Development Block Grant for the federal application for fiscal year 2022.
• Approved a resolution authorizing the submission of an application for the FFY 2022 CDBG program.
• Approval of County Portion 2022 per capita tax exemption requests submitted by Menno Township Tax Collector Cynthia Clever and Juniata Terrace Borough Tax Collector Susie Tyson.
• Announcement of notification of award of Intermediate Sanctions Program grant of $96,650.
• Approval of an interim punishment program agreement with Clear Concepts Counseling for counseling services for the period of July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023, for $15,955.
• Announcing the award of the $14,999 Reintegration Strategic Planning Grant.
• Acceptance of an offer for the replacement of the HVAC at the Lewistown and Derry Township seniors’ centers and upgrades to the HVAC and electrical at the Shelter Service building.
• Signature of a two-year agreement with VBA for the visual coverage of employees for the period from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2024.
• Received a quote from Park Security and Installations for the $40,965 jail camera system.
• Approved Resolution No. 31 of 2022 outlining certain safeguards regarding a request for improvements to the Mifflin County Library through Keystone Recreation, Parks and Conservation Fund grants for public library facilities.
• Approval of the Mifflin County Library Improvement and Accessibility Project Key Grant for Public Library Facilities Funding Commitment Letter.
• Approved the promotion of part-time Correctional Officer Ryan Snyder to Correctional Counselor effective October 10, 2022.
• Hiring of part-time correctional officer Abraham David as of October 8, 2022.
• Hiring of part-time correctional officers Taylor Knight and Jared Knight effective October 17, 2022.
• Approved the transfer of Sara Krumenaker from the position of Head of Children and Youth Office to the position of Domestic Relations Secretary/PACSES Administrator effective October 17, 2022.
• Accepted the retirement of Denise Gussler, secretary for domestic relations/administrator of PACSES, as of December 31, 2022.