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

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

“We originally targeted these funds for Mifflin County School student laptops,” said Fultz. “This project is gone. We are actively looking for other projects. We spent last fall exploring payroll projects. We are targeting certain sectors where there are presumed advantages for which we assume there are a lot of moderate incomes. We were looking at the homeless shelter, the senior centers.

Fultz said that the use of funds on youth centers like the LUMINA center was also explored, but explained that because the LUMINA center is for all young people and not just troubled young people, it does not is not eligible.

“We looked at accommodation services, Lewistown Senior Center in the Heights, Yeagertown Senior Center in Derry Township”, said Fultz.

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

“Each of the municipalities passed a resolution asking the commissioners, we would like to reduce Mifflin County Laptop Projects in County CDBG Funds by a total of $79,679.10,” said Fultz. “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 shown will be enough to fully fund HVAC projects.

Commissioners voted unanimously to adopt the resolution.

Commissioners also approved budget changes to the FFY 2019 CDBG program. The project will include the HVAC unit at the senior center and move funding for the postponed project from Woodlawn Avenue.

Commissioners passed another resolution approving budget changes to the 2018 CDBG FFY program for the Township of Brown for the Reedsville sidewalk project.

Also on Thursday, commissioners approved:

¯ Request for exemption from the 2021 County Supplementary Property Tax Bill and exempts the tax collector from collecting a bill in the amount of $653.15 for a parcel in the Township of Bratton as it will be re-billed with county billing 2022

¯ Mifflin County Co-Sponsor Program Project Amendment Request

¯ Purchase of Services Agreement for use, if required, by children and young people for the period July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022 with the following entities: Rebecca Fite, Lewistown; Kids Korner Learning Centre, Sunbury; Concern Professional Services, Fleetwood; and Bethesda Lutheran Services, Meadville

¯ 2022 Tax Claim Fees and Charges

¯ Grant for court interpretation services in the amount of $7,626.25

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

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

¯ Allocate $4,900 of Bill 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.

¯ Renewal of HVAC service agreements with Controls, Service, and Engineering Co., Inc., New Cumberland, for 911 locations in Mifflin County 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 the Paralegal Administrative Assistant of the Office of the Public Defender effective February 28

¯ Transfer of Marissa Rishel from Social Services to Administrative Assistant/Paralegal to the Public Defender effective February 25

¯ Promotion of Joseph Ciccolini from part-time to full-time correctional officer effective February 20

¯ Resignation of part-time correctional officer Colby Brindle effective February 5

¯ Resignation of Court Clerk Rebecca Bain effective February 25

¯ Hiring of Chantz Swartz and Thomas Harris V as probation officers effective February 28

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

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