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On Tuesday night, the Indiana Borough Council cleared the publicity of a proposed Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance or LERTA ordinance, which could be voted on at the council meeting. board on April 5.

According to the document, which will be published online and in the Gazette, its objective is “to encourage economic redevelopment and long-term investment, (to) improve the sustainability of tax revenues in the decades to come, (and) to attract new commercial investment, (as well as) encourage the improvement of residential housing and generally promote the well-being and prosperity of the borough. »

The borough wishes to achieve this objective by deferring for seven years the taxes on new residential, commercial and industrial construction or real estate improvements in qualified and approved sectors.

“Ordinary maintenance and upkeep are not considered improvements,” the draft order says. “The repair, construction, or reconstruction, including alterations and additions increasing the property’s valuation, (must) be more than $20,000 in construction expenses.”

These taxes would include borough levies, as well as those collected by the Indiana Area School District and Indiana County within the Indiana borough boundaries.

On January 10, the IASD Board of Directors, at the request of Community Development Council Chairman Ben Ford, became the first of the entities to be required to approve a LERTA order.

The Indiana County Board of Commissioners must also act on a LERTA order.

“Once we have the final version (from the Indiana Borough), I will draft a county ordinance,” county attorney Matthew Budash said after Wednesday’s board meeting.

Most of Tuesday’s council business session was devoted to comments on legislation to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. The vote to announce the LERTA ordinance was the only action taken and received an 11 to 0 vote, with only Councilwoman Poom Sunhachawi-Taylor absent.

In her report, Borough Director Nichole Sipos focused on the community’s pothole hotline.

As noted on, “To report a pothole or poor road condition in the borough of Indiana, please call (724)-465-6512, complete a service request form, or email [email protected]”.

The borough is asking callers to “please leave a detailed message explaining the location of the area that needs repair,” and the borough’s public works department “will work to fix and fix the problem as quickly as possible.” possible”.

However, Sipos said, there must be a fix available, which the borough is getting from Lindy Paving Inc. in Homer City. She said the factory would not have hotfixes available for distribution until mid-April.

In turn, the borough expects to be ready to come out with a hot patch in May. Until then, borough street crews can fix minor issues with the charcoal plate, but only as a temporary fix, as the charcoal plate is likely to break down more quickly.

Additionally, Sipos said, in addition to the two-day and 16-day parking permits currently available, a new annual contractor’s permit can be obtained from the Borough’s parking department.

Contractor permits allow parking in any area open to permits in the borough, for a flat fee of $100, issued August through August – but can be obtained at a pro-rated price for any contractor interested in obtain a permit before August.

According to the borough’s website, those interested in such a permit can contact the parking department in person, by phone at (724) 465-4280 or by email at [email protected]

Police Chief Justin Schawl, Council Chairman Dr. Peter Broad, and other borough officials were present at the Indiana or I. -ACT Monday at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, as the Borough, White Township and Indiana University of Pennsylvania prepare for what may come on what has become known as IUPatty, over the first weekend after spring break – or now until Sunday.

While those in attendance said there hasn’t been much discussion on social media about what to expect, the stakeholders that make up I-ACT aren’t taking any chances. Schawl said the region “likely to see increased activity.”

Schawl also sent a letter to Indiana/IUP resident students, thanking them “for being good neighbors” and expressing concern over the “weeks ahead (which) will provide opportunities for all of us to come together and to celebrate warmer weather, while at the same time representing Indiana (and) the IUP with pride.

He asked the students for “your partnership” in committing to safety and respect.

“Visitors won’t feel the same sense of community pride and responsibility,” the chef wrote. “Not everyone we meet will have our best interests at heart” and “even the best intentions of many can be overturned by the actions of a few”.

Schawl also pointed out that “drinking impairs judgement”, “rooftop gatherings are prohibited and dangerous”, and “our next-door neighbors cannot avoid being affected by loud events at inside and outside”.

The chief said that “an increase in police presence is to be expected throughout Indiana as warm weather activities approach,” pledging to “stay safe and be successful in managing all the situations presented”, and telling the students: “we are here for you, never against.

He closed the letter, dated March 8, with a wish for “the best of everything” and a repeated request “for your partnership in ensuring the peace, safety and comfort of the community.”

The chief also expressed the borough’s condolences to the Pennsylvania State Police for the deaths of State Troopers Martin F. Mack III and Branden T. Sisca, who were struck and killed with a pedestrian that they were looking to help along Interstate 95 in the Philadelphia area. early Monday morning.

A motorist, Jayana Tanae Webb, 21, of Eagleville, Montgomery County, was later arrested and charged with third degree murder, driving under the influence and other criminal and traffic offences.


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