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Officials in Indiana County continue to work on plans for a countywide reassessment in 2016.


They were updated on those plans on Wednesday by officials from the Law Office of Ira Weiss, the firm retained by the county to conduct the reassessment.


The office plans to submit a request for proposal, one of the first steps in the reasessment process.  The request, also known as an RFP, is expected to be approved later this month.


In other business:


* The commissioners approved a contract agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for the 2011 Emergency Solutions Grant Program Hearth contract.  The amount of the contract is $223,000 and will be used to provide rapide re-housing services for those who might otherwise become homeless.  ICCAP will administer the program to households in the county that are eligible.


* The commissioners also approved the shifting of some funding from phase B1 of the Indiana Streetscape Project to phase B2.  Phase B1 of the project is the completed section of Philadelphia Street, where work included new sidewalks, street lights and trees.  Phase B2 of the project is the area of North 7th Street, which is scheduled to start this spring.  The vote yesterday shifts more than $23,000 into phase B2 of the project but does not increase the overall contribution to the project.  The funding comes from a community development block grant.


* As part of the ongoing Emergency Management Radio Communications Project, the commissioners approved extending fiber optic line down Tunnelton Road in Saltsburg.  Officials say the line extension will benefit a nearby business.  The additional cost is more than $35,000.  The cost will be paid by the Indiana County Development Corporation through a Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development grant.


The next meeting of the commissioners is January 23, 2013.

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