March 12th, 2014
The Ridgway Borough Council, joined by members of the YMCA board of directors and other renovation project representatives, met at the Courthouse Annex Wednesday afternoon to discuss the possible role of the Ridgway Borough in the YMCA's upcoming $1.6 million renovation project.
In late 2013, the YMCA received notification from Governor Tom Corbett that they had been approved for an $800,000 grant through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program [RACP].
JAMES CITY â€“ The Highland Township Board of Supervisors is gearing up for a possible court battle to block a proposed injection well for the disposal of drilling waste fluids.
Acting at a meeting Wednesday, Supervisors Jim Wolfe, Paul Burton Sr. and Joe Milstead approved an agreement for representation by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) of Mercersburg.
DuBOIS â€“ A lengthy investigation conducted regarding the cause of a fire that razed the DuBois Country Club in late February indicates the fire was accidental.
The joint investigation was conducted between the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Unit and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) out of the Pittsburgh field office.
During a recent meeting of the Ridgway Area School Board, Lucy Bobby, who had served on the board for the past five years, announced her resignation. As of Feb. 19, Bobby had stepped down from her position which is set to be filled by Andy Thompson, who reportedly will be sworn in prior to the April board meeting.
Thecla F. Werner Coppolo, 87, of 570 Church St., St. Marys, died Sunday evening, March 9, 2014, after a lengthy illness.
Thecla was born on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1926, in St. Marys, the youngest daughter of the late Arthur A. and Edith Mary Kaul Werner. On April 16, 1955, in St. Maryâ€™s Catholic Church, she married Attorney Alvin B. Coppolo, the love of her life, who predeceased her in 2008.
On Tuesday evening, Ridgway Area School District finance manager Brent Rhoads presented information to the board concerning costs and trends for the school district over the past several years.
The 2014-2015 budget is yet to be completed. However, according to Rhoads, district officials will not wait until the state budget is passed as it could be as late as July by the time figures come through.
"I just wanted to try to show some of the issues we have going on in our budget this year," Rhoads said.
Staff salary payments are on the decline, yet fringe benefit payments continue to climb.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ During the regular meeting of the Johnsonburg Borough Council, chief of police Bryan Parana expressed his intent to contact Ridgway Township concerning Johnsonburgâ€™s continuing problem with tractor-trailers traveling on Water Street.
â€śWeâ€™re running a huge problem; itâ€™s daily,â€ť Parana said, adding that although there is minimal signage already present on Water Street, which is a road maintained by Ridgway Township, he would like to look into getting a more prominent sign prohibiting truck travel placed where Water Street intersects with Long Level Road.
CLARION â€“ Turnovers and missed opportunities would hurt Ridgway boys basketball as the Elkers lost 58-43 to North Catholic in the second round of the boys PIAA Class A playoffs Tuesday night at Tippin Gym on the campus of Clarion University.
Ridgway trailed 28-22 at halftime after an 11-2 deficit to open the game. Ridgway took their first and only lead of the game at 31-30 after Ben MacDonald finished up a 3-point play near the five-minute mark of the third quarter. Ridgway outscored North Catholic 9-2 in the opening three minutes after halftime.
JAMES CITY â€“ More protests against a proposed injection well for brine disposal are expected tonight at a meeting of the Highland Township Board of Supervisors.
The meeting, open to the public, is set for 7 p.m. tonight at the township building in James City.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted a permit to Seneca Resources to convert one of its natural gas wells on Lamont Road to an underground disposal site for waste drilling fluids. The liquid wastes would be injected down the well.
On Tuesday evening, the Ridgway Area School Board of Directors approved Andy Thompson to fill the recently-vacated seat on the board. Lucy Bobby, the former holder of the position, resigned effective Feb. 19 of this year and her resignation was approved unanimously by the board, with regret.
Thompson was nominated to fill the position by Cindy Allegretto and the motion was seconded by Dave Parsons. No additional nominations were made by the board.