County treasurer’s office to close for move

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Blair County Treasurer’s Office will be closed to the public Thursday so the office can set up in another location within the courthouse.

The treasurer’s office, which has been located on the first-floor of the courthouse addition since the addition opened in January 1999, will move this week into the original section of the courthouse. There, it will take over the first-floor office space vacated in May by the controller and staff.

Much of the move, along with the disconnecting and reconnecting of the office’s computer systems, will be handled Thursday with assistance from the county’s computer technicians, Treasurer James Carothers said Monday.

“I’ve been told that everything should be ready to go when we reopen for business on Friday,” Carothers said.

The move is part of a plan commissioners developed months ago that called for the sheriff department to be relocated from the courthouse basement to the first-floor, where the treasurer’s office was located. In the interest of safety, commissioners said the move would put the sheriff’s department near the entrance where deputies screen visitors.

Commissioner Ted Beam Jr. said recently that the area being vacated by the treasurer is not in need of a lot of renovations, so once that area becomes vacant, the sheriff and his department can begin planning their move.

Once the sheriff’s department moves, the county will make that office space available to the Blair County Planning Commission. The commission has offices inside Valley View Home, which the county sold earlier this year. Its staff is expected to vacate by the end of the year.

Carothers said Monday that he is pleased with the renovations county employees made to the former controller’s office to accommodate his office. But the new location is smaller, he said, with a smaller waiting area for the public.

The controller’s office is now across the hall on the first floor, where the commissioners’ offices used to be located. The commissioners offices have been moved to a renovated area on the fourth floor of the courthouse addition.