MIFFLINTOWN - The Juniata County Commissioners said Tuesday that the transfer of prisoners to the Mifflin County Correctional Facility continues. By the end of the day, the current inmate population at the Juniata County prison would be down to seven.
While the board meeting continued inside, the remaining two trees bordering the courthouse lawn were being cut down.
Commissioner Robert Reynolds said the old oak trees were in bad shape, referencing a previous meeting where commissioners explained that many of the trees are rotting or wired together.
Sentinel photo by JULIANNE CAHILL
A construction worker cuts branches from the top of an oak tree Thursday in front of the Juniata County Courthouse in Mifflintown.
After storm damage forced the removal of the corner tree in early June, changing wind and weather patterns have made the remaining trees a safety issue.
"They were in such bad shape, we were really concerned about having a major problem with them," Jeffrey Zimmerman, commissioner, said.
By the end of the week, the two existing trees on the Main Street side of the lawn will be removed. Zimmerman said no decision has been made regarding their replacement.
Also during the meeting, the commissioners:
Ratified Hazardous Materials Check No. 1135 in the amount of $108.30 to Wright Express FSC for fuel.
Ratified the Juniata County State Food Purchase Program Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Plan of Operation.
Commissioner Teresa O'Neal noted that this food goes to the Juniata County Food Pantry and allocations are being reduced this year.
Approved requests for liquid fuel funds for Monroe Township in the amount of $4,125.33, Thompsontown Borough in the amount of $1,633.59 and Turbett Township in the amount of $1,045.95.
Approved the Personnel Transactions for Non-State Employees Report for Heather J. Hockenberry, Jeffrey L. Moore and Jacqueline M. Allenbaugh, as submitted by Helen Henry, Children and Youth director.
Ratified CDBG-IDIS check No. 1135 in the amount of $21,225 to SEDA-Council of Governments, as submitted by Dave Bardell, planning director, for administrative costs and five individual projects.
Approved the Purchase of Service Agreement between Juniata County Children and Youth Social Services Agency, Juniata County Probation Department and Families United Network Inc., as submitted by Helen Henry.
Approved the purchase of two OptiPlex 790 Mini Towers at a total cost of $1,860 for the treasurer's office. Funding provided from the Juniata County Improvement Fund.
Ratified checks Nos. 35450 through 35512 in the amount of $67,236.46.
Approved checks Nos. 35450 through 35569 in the amount of $128,129.57.