MIFFLINTOWN - Juniata County officials are warning residents to be on the lookout for deed notices mailed from Compliance Document Services out of Washington, D.C. On Tuesday, during a regular public board meeting. Commissioner Robert Reynolds said the mailings appear to be a moneymaking scam.
Alicia Sigler, Juniata County Register and Recorder, said county residents have been receiving "Deed Processing Notices" which offer to provide a copy of property deeds to homeowners for $86. Sigler said the notices are not associated with the office of the Juniata County Recorder of Deeds.
"It upset me to know that this was going on," she said.
Sigler said property deeds are public record and are available at the county courthouse. If homeowners misplace their original deed or need a copy, the Recorder of Deeds provides that service for 35 cents per page. A typical deed is about four pages in length, Sigler said.
The processing notices have been received statewide and the attorney general has been notified of the problem.
Also at the meeting, Lisa Bruschi, senior program manager for Henkels and McCoy, gave an update on the TechBridge youth program, located at 4042 William Penn Highway, Mifflintown.
According to a press release, more than 100 local youth have received academic and employment assistance through TechBridge programs at Juniata High School, East Juniata High School and the Out of School program. The training model includes career assessments, job search, money management and supplemental supportive services such as professional tutorting and behind-the-wheel training.
The 2012-2013 contract year began with a paid summer work program where six local employers agreed to provide work training experience while Jarred Dressler, vocational instructor, provided job coaching and oversight. The youth also had the choice to receive a national industry credential in Customer Service or Green Energy.
Bruschi said TechBridge has funding this year to provide even more quality paid work experiences to local youth through Juniata County employers. The program is seeking employers to provide mentoring, job shadowing or actual paid work experience or internships.
Interested employers should call Deborah Barrow, program manager, at 319-9334 or Dressler at 513-2137 to discuss the potential of partnering.
In other business, the commissioners:
Ratified CDBG-IDIS check No. 1,140 in the amount of $2,635 and check No. 1,141 in the amount of $10,500 to SEDA-COG as submitted by Dave Bardell, planning director.
Reviewed the September 2012 Juniata County Children and Youth Statistical Report as submitted by Helen Henry, Children and Youth director.
Approved the Purchase of Service agreement with Central Counties Youth Center as submitted by Helen Henry, Children and Youth director.
Ratified Juniata County Hazardous Materials check No. 1,141 in the amount of $228.54 to Wright Express FSC for fuel.
Approved a request from Lack Township for liquid fuel funds of $3,207.74 to purchase and stockpile stone for road maintenance.
Approved checks Nos. 35,992 through 36,055 in the amount of $81,586.72.