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MIFFLINTOWN – Juniata County Commissioners approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the implementation of the Countywide Action Plan Block Grants for Dauphin, Perry, Juniata and Mifflin counties during their regular meeting on Tuesday.

District Manager and Conservation District Farmland Preservation Program Administrator Christopher Snyder was on hand to tell the council what this does for the county.

“The MOU is for reimbursement authority for any potential project. If we have any (projects) going forward, they could be run in the district or they could be run in the county depending on the project,” Snyder said.

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

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

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

In other cases counsel:

• Tax exemptions approved for the Townships of Fermanagh, Greenwood, Milford and the Borough of Mifflintown.

• Revised on “Amendment to the valuation report” submitted by the Juniata County Assessment Office, the “Children and Youth Statistical Report” submitted by CYS Director, Ashley Baxter, on “Child and Youth Services Expenditure Report” submitted by the tax department of the CYS and the “Collections Summary Report” submitted by Magistral District Judge Jacqueline Leister.

• Ratification of the collective agreement with Local 668 of the Service Employees International Union.

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

• Approved payment of the BK Hower Project Costs for the Residential Housing Rehabilitation Project in the amount of $8,905.

The Juniata County Wage Board:

• Acknowledged the hiring of Korinne Walters as a Juniata County probation officer effective May 25.

• Approved the change in employment status of Tammy Casey to Office Manager with the Assessment Office, previously Associate Planner.

• Approved the creation of a part-time position in the District Attorney’s Office and approved the hiring of Olivia Gamble as a part-time employee, as requested by District Attorney Cory Snook.

DA Snook addressed the board to say: “Our court calendar is cyclical and we are very busy at certain times. Gamble will attend law school in the fall. This will essentially be a summer position unless we find someone to fill it.

Presiding Judge Kenneth Mummah joined the meeting to stress the importance of hiring Korrine Walters as Juniata County’s probation officer.

“It is very important. She will work with adults and young people, so she has received a double training”, he said. “Walters has completed her psychological evaluations, is a college graduate and highly qualified.”

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