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Commissioners praise Indiana County Jail staff for top marks on inspection

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Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, 1:54 p.m.

The Indiana County Jail and its staff earned a commendation from the Indiana County commissioners at their Oct. 30 meeting after receiving top marks following a recent inspection of the facility.

The commissioners reported that the jail was inspected Aug. 20 by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, and a resulting report reflected 100 percent compliance in both essential and non-essential regulations. The positive report means the jail will not have to undergo another inspection until 2015.

The commissioners also gave kudos to Sam Buzzinotti, who has served as Indiana County Jail warden for the past 13 months.

“To receive this kind of recognition for a county correctional facility is quite impressive,” said Rodney Ruddock, commissioners chairman. “That's not an easy task to get 100 percent compliance.”

The recent points of distribution sites (PODS) event, during which free flu shots were administered drive-through style, was deemed a success.

According to Bonni Dunlap, Indiana County Department of Human Services director, the process took an average of eight to 10 minutes per person to distribute the shots, which were given at three sites Oct. 26 and 27.

The Health and Human Services Subcommittee had 2,000 shots set aside, and ended up administering 1,997.

Dunlap noted the exercise acted as a test to see how well the process could be executed if medication needed to be distributed to the thousands of residents of Indiana County.

Over 200 volunteers helped run the three sites in Indiana, Clymer and Blairsville.

The commissioners took care of two items of business for the Indiana County Airport Authority and the Jimmy Stewart Airport expansion.

A change order in the amount of $58,250.75 was approved and will be used to construct a parallel taxiway that will give planes an ingress and egress to the airport's expanded runway. Airport Authority Chairman Ron Anderson said the airport's former runway will serve as the base of the taxiway.

The authority also received board approval for a tentative allocation from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Aviation. The $18,750 grant will be used to monitor the wetlands that were constructed on private properties to replace wetlands destroyed during the runway expansion project. The authority is providing $6,250 as the local project share cost.

In other business, the commissioners:

• Proclaimed November Record Your Veteran's Discharge Month, which encourages veterans to have their discharges officially recorded through the county so the documentation is on hand if the veteran ever needs it;

• Entered into an agreement with Resource Technologies Corporation of State College for mineral reassessment in the county, as part of the county tax reassessment process. The agreements amounts to $40,400 plus an annual maintenance contract of $12,000 per year to be used in updating evaluations of active mines in the county;

• Approved a $262,626 contract award to Kukurin Contracting, Inc. of Export. The contractor will install an estimated 3,500 linear feet of eight-inch water line on Cherry Run and Ginter roads in Center Township as part of a water line extension project, and the township's 2010, 2011 and 2012 Community Development Block Grant entitlement funds and Central Indiana County Water Authority local funds will be used to fund the project.

• Awarded a $134,677 contract to CBF Contracting, Inc. of Sligo for the installation of two new vestibule additions as well as other capital improvements at 280 Indian Springs Rd. in Indiana. Indiana County Development Corporation will fund the project.

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