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Police chief will serve dual roles


The Indiana Borough Council appointed a long-term borough manager and assistant manager at last night’s meeting. The borough council appointed Police Chief William C. Sutton as the long term borough manger. Sutton had been serving as the interim manager. He said he will continue to serve as both manager and police chief. Council President Nancy Jones said they have no intention of searching for another manager.

To help him with this task, the council promoted Roland Francis as assistant manager. Francis has served the borough for 18 years. He was the pretreatment coordinator, serving as a liaison between the borough and industrial customers.


The borough also made progress on the transient vendor issue. An ordinance was passed for advertising and will hopefully be approved at the Dec. 11 meeting. The major points of the new ordinance are:

-         Approving applications becomes an administrative process, and each license does not need to be approved by the council.

-         The places transient vendors may operate are specifically listed and limited. There are 17 sidewalk locations and three parking space locations.

-         The annual fee will be $360. The monthly fee will be $45.

-         There must be four feet of passage for pedestrians on sidewalk locations.


Additionally, there are several new points within the ordinance that have never been specifically spelled outed, but have always permitted in practice. Stores may set up in front of their doors on the sidewalk, provided they sell the same products as within the store and operate under the same restrictions as transient vendors.


Police Chief Sutton also said that religious and political solicitors do not need permits. If a solicitor appears at your door for any other reason and does not have a license, you may call 911. The 911 system in Indiana County is not limited to emergencies, as is the case in other counties.

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