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Mifflin County Commissioners present a ceremonial check for $ 123,594.17 to Menno Township on Thursday for the county’s contribution to two bridge rehabilitation projects in the township. The county’s portion of funding comes from the $ 5 local user fees that county residents pay when renewing their annual state vehicle registration. Participating in the presentation, from left to right, Commissioner Robert Postal, Menno Township Supervisor Harry Clever, Commissioner Kevin Kodish and Commissioner Mark Sunderland.

LEWISTOWN – At their regular meeting Thursday, Mifflin County commissioners recognized the completion of two bridge rehabilitation projects in Menno Township as tangible proof of the positive impact of the $ 5 fee the county is collecting on annual state vehicle registrations by county residents.

Commissioners presented a check to Menno Township in the amount of $ 123,594.17 to cover the county’s contribution to two bridge projects, one along Hickory Lane and the other on Renno Road. As part of the bridge rehabilitation program, the county pays up to 90% of the cost while the township or borough covers the rest, which, according to the commissioners, allows local municipalities to pay for necessary projects that ‘they have no way to afford otherwise.

“We want to recognize the first projects that were carried out under the $ 5 local fee program that we instituted a few years ago,” Commissioner Rob Postal said in reference to the two bridges in Menno Township.

“This is an excellent program, this transition program that has been launched”, said Commissioner Kevin Kodish. “It is good to see the townships working with the county to address these concerns. There are so many bridges – small ones in particular – that need help and rehabilitation and this program, this $ 5 user fee that we pay on our recordings, pays big dividends and goes a long way. We look forward to helping other municipalities in the future.

Supervisor Harry Clever was present from Menno Township.

“These were bridges that were originally built in the 1900s, they were in poor condition and they needed a lot of help,” said smart. “It was a complete teardown and rebuild, so without the funds it would have been almost impossible for us to sort it out the way we were to deal with it, so we thank the commissioners for their support and also thank the community for support.

In other cases, commissioners have heard from Mifflin County Planning Director Mark Colussy regarding the county’s distribution of funds from the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program, or CHIRP. Colussy reported that 20 companies in the county received funding and that Mifflin County was able to award its entire grant.

“Overall the program, I am actually very happy to report that there were 20 companies that benefited from this particular program in Mifflin County,” said Colussy. “There has been a total of $ 512,576 that has gone to companies that have proven to have suffered significant losses due to the pandemic. “

The 20 Mifflin County businesses that received CHIRP funding were Patti Dee Inc., Shy Bear Brewing LLC, The Reedsville Reserve LLC, Main Street Bar of Milroy Inc., Super 8 of Burnham / Lewistown, Quality Inn & Suites of Burnham / Lewistown, Big Daddy’s Grill n Chill LLC, Milroy Hospitality LLC / Best Western Nittany Inn Milroy, Michele’s OIP Restaurant and Pizzaria, Major League Bottle Shop LLC, Shree Mani LLC, The Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast, Log Cabin Inn of Lewistown LLC , Happy Holiday LLC, Yakamook Family LLC, Parth Hospitality Inc., Red’s Diner, Boulevard BBQ, Honey Creek Inn Inc. and South Side Hoagie Shop. Grants ranged from $ 8,128.80 to $ 38,128.80 for an average grant of $ 25,628.80 per company.

“As you can understand, there are companies that we have all frequented a lot, so we are happy to see that they were able to receive these funds and keep their doors open.” said Colussy.

The commissioners voted to approve an amendment to the service agreement with SEDA-Council of Governments for the administration of the program at the rate of $ 160 per applicant, for a total of $ 3,200.

Also on Thursday, the commissioners:

¯ Approved the minutes of the July 1 meeting;

¯Approved the payment of county bills;

¯Accepted the treasurer’s report;

Approved a request for a waiver of the 2021 county portion of 41 taxes per capita from Decatur Township tax collector Cindy McKnight;

¯ Accepted an offer of $ 1 for three plots in the borough of Lewistown currently on deposit for unsold properties. Postal noted that this involved the acquisition of land required for the building demolition project at the intersection of Third and Valley streets in the borough of Lewistown, for which the borough recently received a grant;

¯Approved the annual certification of the human services development fund;

¯ Appointed Dan McMullen of Lewistown to the Mifflin County Industrial Development Authority to serve an unexpired term until September 29, 2022;

¯Approved a contract with Patrick J. Zirpoli LLC of Milanville for the audit of the Jail Rape Elimination Act at the Mifflin County Correctional Facility in the amount of $ 3,500. Director Jason Kormanic said this was required every three years and would be completed in November;

¯Approved three modification orders for the courthouse annex project: $ 1,823.34 for various curbs and sidewalk revisions; $ 432.64 for a correction to the size of a window at the rear of the building and $ 5,838.77 for revisions to the Exterior Insulation Finishing System, or EIFS;

¯ Accepted the lowest bid of $ 136,860 from Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. for the reconstruction of the Granville Run Road project, the cost of which is covered by Community Development Block Grant funds;

¯ Accepted the lowest bid of $ 75,377.01 from Bowman Excavation for 29 Americans with Disabilities Act compliant ramps as part of the South Side Improvement Project of the Borough of Lewistown;

¯Accepted the lowest bid of $ 176,787.50 from Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. for paving for the South Side Improvement Project in the Lewistown Borough;

¯Approved hiring of Ashlee Lesher as a part-time Correctional Officer, effective July 26;

¯Eric Gates approved hiring as Deputy Director, effective July 26.

The next meeting of the Mifflin County Commissioners is scheduled for August 5 at 9:00 a.m. in Meeting Room A on the second floor of the Mifflin County Courthouse in Lewistown.

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