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INDIANA COUNTY: Commissioners accept airport funding

by on February 13, 2014 11:00 AM

The Indiana County commissioners Wednesday accepted three state and federal grants totaling $223,228 for three projects at the Indiana County/Jimmy Stewart Airport.

The grant dollars will be used to monitor wetlands that were constructed to replace the wetlands drained during the recent construction of the longer runway, for a study to identify obstructions that need to be addressed for future design approaches to the airport, and to upgrade the airport’s automated weather observation system.

Using AWOS, pilots can tune to a designated radio frequency and receive information on the ground-level temperature, dew point, wind direction and wind speed at the airport. The new AWOS will also provide pilots with the cloud ceiling height over the airport. That component of the existing AWOS has not been operational for some time.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, commissioners Patricia Evanko and Michael Baker read a proclamation from the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission honoring commission Chairman Rodney Ruddock as the SPC’s outgoing chairman.

The proclamation said Ruddock brought experience and enthusiasm to the commission’s deliberations, and “his regional vision recognizes the prime importance of economic development and an efficient transportation system as keys to southwestern Pennsylvania’s future.”

Ruddock has chaired the SPC since January 2012.

The commissioners reappointed Donna Clayton and Dr. Donna Balewick, both of Blairsville, to the Behavioral and Developmental Health Program board of directors and appointed John Fordyce to the county’s Housing Authority.

The commissioners reminded county residents that Feb. 18 is the first date to obtain signatures for candidates’ nomination petitions, and March 11 will be the last day to circulate and file nomination petitions for the May 20 election.

The courthouse will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day.



Randy Wells has been a reporter and staff writer at The Indiana Gazette since 1988. His regular assignments include coverage of the Indiana County commissioners, Indiana Borough council and the Marion Center Area School District. His email address is rwells@indianagazette.net.
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