County Commissioners Approve Resolution of Support

Leaders back proposed plan

By Kylie Hawn
Daily News Staff Writer

Huntingdon County Commissioners passed a resolution during their weekly meeting Tuesday, calling for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reinstate the Hawn’s peninsula section of Raystown Lake to its master plan.

Board of commissioners’ chair Mark Sather said the resolution “declares their full support for the Terrace Mountain Resort and Hawn’s Bridge Marina proposals.”

“We recognize the significant role that the Terrace Mountain Resort would provide as a four-season tourism destination and have been informed that development would be of low environmental impact, with the resort and marina blending in with the natural environment,” Sather read from the resolution.The 440-acre section of Terrace Mountain includes the Hawn’s peninsula section ofRaystown Lake, which developer Rod Roberts of Texas is proposing approximately 120 slips for boats, rustic cabins and camping, an environmental center and restaurant.

The resolution also notes the proposed plan will allow public access through the Terrace Mountain Resort trail head to the marina.

“We recognize that the residents on the eastern side of (Raystown Lake) would have the benefits of access to the water that the residents on the western side have enjoyed for years,” said Sather, reading from the resolution.

With no further discussion from the commissioners or those in attendance, Resolution 9-2016 was passed unanimously.

Probation director Leonard Hahn also sought approval Tuesday to officially submit a grant application for the County Intermediate Punishment (CIP) program.

“I’m asking for $125,624 for two fiscal years, (including 2016-17 and 2017-18),” said Hahn. “This is about $62,812 for each year.”

The grants would cover the fiscal year beginning July 1 and end June 30, 2018.

This money will go toward paying the salary of a probation officer for this program as well as on-call visits that are supervised for those in the program.

The commissioners unanimously approved the application for the grant. Hahn said the probation office will likely be notified by June if it’s received the grant.

Veterans affairs director Lou Ann Shontz and register and recorder Virginia Cooper also told the commissioners Tuesday they received a grant for $12,000 from the state Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs to help distribute veteran IDs in the county.

The ID cards will serve two purposes, according to Shontz, including recognizing a veteran for their service and allowing them to receive applicable discounts at area businesses.

Shontz said the equipment used to make the photo IDs will be housed in the register and recorder’s office.

“Lou Ann did all the legwork, I just provided a space where they can put the equipment,” said Cooper. “I think it’s great she’s taking steps to help veterans in the county.”

Shontz said they are also considering taking the equipment to local VFW and American Legion clubs in the county.

The commissioners approved the grant for $12,000.

Children and Youth Services director Joyce Zolten also sought permission from the commissioners Tuesday for the purchase of two service agreements.

CYS fiscal officer Claudia Conrad explained the first agreement is with Alternative Behavioral Consultants of Carlisle for services for a family under the care of CYS who lives close to the facility.

“We do have a place locally that provides services (like psychiatric evaluations), but we would have to have our local caseworkers travel out of town, and that’s not cost effective,” said Conrad. “The family lives out of town, so we found local services in their area that provide these services.”

The second purchase agreement is with the Centre County Youth Services Bureau, a facility with which the county has contracted before.

Both of these agreements are for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

The commissioners approved both agreements.

A proclamation was also signed Tuesday for Week of the Young Child, April 10 through Saturday, April 16, to celebrate early childhood learning locally throughout the county. Commissioner Jeff Thomas, with help from Sather and Commissioner Scott Walls, read a story to students from the Huntingdon County Child Adult and Development Corp. Head Start program.

Kylie can be reached at khawn@huntingdondailynews.com.