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Commissioners OK tree removal at Indiana County Airport

| Friday, June 20, 2014, 11:15 a.m.

The tree-removal project at the Indiana County/Jimmy Stewart Airport will be moving forward soon, after Indiana County's commissioners approved a conditional contract with D&D Wood Sales, Inc. to remove trees on airport property obstructing the approach to runway 29. After the airport authority receives approval from the Federal Avaition Administration, the company will remove the trees, which are valued at $49,000 for the estimated 118,575 board feet of saw timber and $4 per ton for 1,200 tons of pulp wood.

The commissioners, at their June 11 meeting, learned the county has received $12,500 in grant funding from the Pennsylvania Counties Risk Pool Loss Prevention Grant Program and voted to approve two projects using that money.

The county will use $800 in grant funds matched with $800 in capital improvements money to purchase and install two Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) in the county courthouse. It will use the remaining $11,700 in grant funding to replace elevator door controllers in the courthouse.

The elevator door controllers, installed by Schindler Elevator Corporation, will cost $44,151. The balance remaining after grant funds are applied will be paid from the county's capital improvements fund.

The cCommissioners designated the Indiana County Community Action Program as the county's lead agency for the State Food Purchase Program for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

ICCAP food program director Jesse Miller said the 19 pantries operated by the program provide food to roughly 5,000 individuals from 1,900 families each month and distributed about 750,000 pounds of food last year.

The commissioners authorized ICCAP and the county Office of Planning and Development to file a 2014 Emergency Solutions Grant program application with the state Department of Community and Economic Development, requesting $434,500 in grant funding to be matched with other state and local funds provided by ICCAP.

The county board also approved a contract agreement with DCED for a $500,000 grant through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's HOME Program. The grant will be used to help permanently disabled residents modify their homes for accessibility. The county was also awarded $300,000 in Keystone Communities Program grant funds in May for its accessibility program, which is administered by staff from the Office of Planning and Development.

The commissioners appointed Rob Barto, Michael Keith and Jim Struzzi to the U.S. Route 119 Improvement Committee. The panel, which is “committed to advocating for operational and safety improvements along the U.S. Route 119 corridor and its tributaries,” was formed in 1984, according to the county's Office of Planning and Development.

Commissioners approved the following distribution of liquid fuels funds:

• $3,427.24 to Glen Campbell Borough to partially offset eligible project costs from seal coating estimated to cost $11,663.

• $2,796.06 to Plumville Borough for use toward a street sweeping project estimated to cost $2,955.

• $23,614.36 to East Mahoning Township for seal coating a portion of Pollock Road, estimated to cost $30,000.

• $48,467.28 to Armstrong Township for a drainage and widening project on T-408 Cheese Run Road estimated to cost $51,206.

• $52,632.25 to Center Township for its Yankeetown Paving project, which is estimated to cost $116,655.25.

• $48,197.91 to Cherryhill Township for new road name signs and CRS-2 emulsion, estimated to cost $58,000.

• $19,964.01 to Grant Township for road work, oil, chip and repair estimated to cost $356,980.16.

• $25,549.25 to Pine Township for its 2014 road resurfacing project, estimated to cost $53,985.60.

Nine municipalities have yet to submit applications for county aid in order to receive their share of liquid fuels funds, according to Office of Planning and Development director Byron Stauffer. Each municipality's share is determined by a formula that takes into account population and road mileage, Stauffer said.

Greg Reinbold is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-459-6100, ext. 2913 or

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