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Jail staff lauded for 100% inspection

by RANDY WELLS rwells@indianagazette.net on October 31, 2013 10:55 AM

The Indiana County commissioners Wednesday thanked and congratulated Sam Buzzinotti, warden of the Indiana County Jail, and his staff, on the performance of the jail during an inspection in August by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

Buzzinotti said the jail was 100 percent in compliance with both essential and nonessential regulations governing the operation of the jail.

Because of that outstanding performance, the jail will not have to have another state inspection until 2015.

Buzzinotti said the state inspection checks 48 essential items, including security, records keeping, medical services and kitchen operations, and 93 nonessential items.

The nonessential items are less critical to the jail’s operation but are considered deficiencies if they are not in compliance during the inspection and must be corrected.

“Sam has done an outstanding job as warden” since taking over that post 13 months ago, said commission Chairman Rodney Ruddock, adding the commissioners appreciate not only the work he is doing at the jail but the work of the jail’s staff as well.

Buzzinotti gave much of the credit for the superior inspection performance to the “wonderful staff” at the jail.

“Everybody steps up to the plate” before and during the inspection, he said.

“Everyone has supported me.”

As another component of the countywide property reassessment under way in the county, the commissioners approved a contract with Resource Technologies Corp. of State College to make assessments of coal deposits that may exist under tracts of land.

Resource Technologies will have access to mining permits and mine maps in making those assessments. Frank Sisko, the county’s chief assessor, said there are about 4,500 parcels in the county where coal assessments will be made.

Resource Technologies will start its work in the county in 2014 and will be paid $40,400 plus a $12,000 annual maintenance fee.

Bonni Dunlap, executive director of the Indiana County Department of Human Services, told the commissioners last weekend’s testing of the county’s ability to distribute medicines in an emergency over an extended period of time — by giving free flu shots on a drive-through basis — was very successful.

Dunlap said the Indiana County Health and Human Services Subcommittee had 2,000 doses of flu vaccine available and delivered 1,997 inoculations in White Township, Clymer and Blairsville during a 19-hour period Saturday and Sunday.

About 200 volunteers assisted with the test.

The commissioners proclaimed November as “Record Your Veteran’s Discharge Month” in the county, and urged vets who have not done so to have their DD Form 214 (discharge from active military service) recorded in the Indiana County Recorder of Deeds office in the courthouse.

Patty Streams-Warman, the county’s register and recorder of deeds, said the recording of DD 214s is a free service to veterans, and her office will also make a free certified copy of a discharge document for a veteran, their dependents or others authorized to have a copy.

Streams-Warman said veterans, while at her office to have a DD-214 recorded, should also sign up for the county’s veterans ID card which qualifies them for discounts at dozens of local businesses.

The county courthouse will be closed Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day.

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