MIFFLINTOWN - The first phase of a project to upgrade security measures at the Juniata County Courthouse is about to get under way.
On Tuesday, the Juniata County Commissioners approved a motion to allow Alexander Brothers Glass Co., to install a 3-foot-by-7-foot aluminum door and frame, which will be prepped for electronic entry at a cost of $9,782.00. The door will be installed on the main floor of the courthouse near the foot of the stairwell across from the voter registration office.
The security door will be removable, should the need arise to move large or awkwardly shaped objects in that particular area.
Sentinel photo by KIERNAN SCHALK
This stairwell in the Juniata County courthouse is where the new security door will be installed as part of various security upgrades planned throughout county buildings.
A quarter of the overall cost will come from the county, while the remaining 75 percent will be paid using the $154,000 in Courthouse Security Grant funds commissioners were able to secure earlier this year through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
Also part of the first phase of the project will be the installation of a security camera system.
Commissioner Bob Reynolds remains cautiously optimistic that the first phase of the courthouse security project will be finished in December. Commissioners have been consulting with engineers on where to best place the cameras.
Reynolds said that because Juniata County qualified for this grant funding in the first year of the program, the county could reapply for more money in the second and third years of the program, however, no decision has been made yet.
Under the security grant program, the county would have to match 50 percent of the funds in the second year and 75 percent in the third year.
Juniata County Planning Director David Bardell was also at Tuesday's meeting to announce the results of the tire recycling program.
Bardell said Juniata County residents brought in 1,755 car, truck, tractor trailer and farm equipment tires.
Bardell said the program was a huge success and he plans to make it an annual event for the county.
In other the business the commissioners:
Approved requests for Liquid Fuel Funds for Mifflin Borough and Tuscarora Township.
Approved tax exonerations for Delaware, Fayette and Monroe townships.
Approved Juniata County Hazardous Materials check by New Pig Corp.