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While the front yard may look festive and active Friday, the Indiana County courthouse will be closed for business in observance of Flag Day.

And at the same time, Commissioners Chairman Michael Baker said Wednesday, downtown Indiana’s main street in front of the courthouse also will be closed, at least during the noon hour.

Indiana Borough police will detour motorists from Philadelphia Street between Eighth and Ninth streets beginning at 12 for the duration of the annual program put on by the local Elks lodge.

Baker’s announcement closed a quick-paced agenda of otherwise routine business at the commissioners’ bimonthly business meeting. A day earlier, the bimonthly meeting of the county salary board was called off because of a low number of personnel issues needing official approval.

In absence of Commissioner Rodney Ruddock, board members Baker and Sherene Hess:

• Approved a half-year agreement between the county Department of Human Services and Indiana County Transit Authority. The contract outlines provisions for the final six months of IndiGo’s responsibilities as a subcontractor of the Medical Assistance Transportation Program. State officials have directed the creation of regional networks to administer MATP beginning Jan. 1.

• Approved an agreement between Human Services and Indiana County Community Action Program that lays out each office’s duties in running the state-funded Housing Assistance Program for the county. The annual grant award will be provided in a separate contract.

• Approved the addition of JusticeWorks YouthCare and New Life Community Church as community partner agencies in Project Share, an effort to pool public, private and nonprofit resources to assist families in the county. The update brings to 26 the number of assisting agencies, said Human Services Executive Director Lisa Spencer.

• Approved private-providers contracts between Indiana County Children & Youth Services and licensed social worker Ashley Buck, Grant Beginnings Children’s Center and Shippenville Project Point of Light Inc. ICCYS Director Sarah Ross said only Grand Beginnings would charge a higher rate for the next fiscal year, and that each agency’s service is provided on an if-needed basis.

• Approved a contract between Indiana County Office of Planning & Development and the state to administer almost $655,000 of community-development block grant money on behalf of Indiana, Burrell Township and Center Township. The contract covers funds awarded for 2018 on projects to be completed between May 15, 2019, and May 14, 2023.

• Authorized Lu Ann Zak of the planning office to sign CDBG project invoices for submission to Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for approval.

• Approved an update to the cooperation agreement between the state-funded Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) and Alice Paul House for grants earlier awarded for construction of a new domestic violence and sexual assault crisis center for Indiana County. The agreement names all the sources of funding for the project and identifies the county as a “pass through” entity for $1.75 million of what officials refer to as the “R-CAP” grant for the project.

Staff writer/Web Editor, The Indiana (Pa.) Gazette

Staff Writer/Web Editor

Chauncey Ross represents the Gazette at the Indiana Area and Homer-Center school boards and White Township, Center Township, Homer City and Burrell Township, and is something of an Open Records, Right to Know and Sunshine Law advocate in the newsroom.