INDIANA COUNTY: Commissioners allocate $218,000 for road projects
The Indiana County commissioners Wednesday approved eight applications for county aid totaling more than $218,000 from the county’s liquid fuels funds.
The requests were by:
• South Mahoning Township for $31,364 for repairs to Sinktown Road.
• West Wheatfield Township for $31,546 to help pay for paving of Jesse Penrose Road.
• Burrell Township for $46,228 for paving various township roads.
• Banks Township for $15,562 for purchasing materials for township roads.
• East Wheatfield Township for $28,579 for repairs to the Chestnut Street Bridge.
• Ernest Borough for $3,925 for drainage work along Fourth Street.
• Washington Township for $40,695 for reclamation of Bailey and Frick roads.
• Buffington Township for $20,378 for materials for township roads.
The commissioners also agreed to apply to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for $150,000 in PA Small Water and Sewer Grant money to build a public water service extension along Bear Tracks Hill Road, East Wheatfield Township.
The grant will help the Highridge Water Authority build a proposed waterline extension that will serve eight residences that do not have potable water.
The total estimated cost of the project is $178,400.
Former Indiana Mayor J.D. Varner brought three requests to the commissioners.
Varner asked that the commissioners petition the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission to require any public utility providing service in Indiana County to also provide a consumer service office in the county; that the commissioners petition the state to request that the Army Corps of Engineers develop dikes to remove county communities from the federal flood zone; and that the county display the Indiana Borough flag in and around the courthouse in recognition of Indiana being the county seat of government.
Commission chairman Rodney Ruddock said the commissioners would take Varner’s requests under consideration.
In other action the commissioners:
• Recognized Blairsville Mayor Ron Evanko for his recent receipt of the Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence.
• Proclaimed May 11 to 17 as National Nursing Home Week, and May as Community Action Month; Mental Health Awareness Month; Foster Family Month; and National Bike Month; and recognized the 60th anniversary of Accessibilities Inc.
• Urged county residents to vote in the May 20 primary election.