Archive - Apr 2014 - News Article
The Ridgway Area School District is still considering the one mill tax increase for the 2014-15 school year, which was originally proposed during the April School Board meeting. If passed, the increase will have the potential to raise $89,500 in revenue.
The preliminary budget being worked at this time totals $12,590,192 in expenditures, down from the $12,676,308 proposed earlier this month.
As state-mandated fringe benefits, including retirement payments and health care costs, have continued to rise, the district has been searching for possible cuts throughout the budget making process.
ST. MARYS â€“ Though rain and wind forced a change of location, the weather didn't put a damper on Wednesday afternoon's flag-raising ceremony at Penn Highlands Elk.
The Donate Life flag was presented by CORE (Center for Organ Recovery and Education) to Penn Highlands Elk so that it can be raised at a later date to raise awareness for organ donation.
Temporary lane restrictions will be in place next week along a section of Route 219 in Ridgway. Drivers will encounter an alternating traffic pattern on Route 219 between Allenhurst Avenue and Osterhout Street during daylight hours. The restrictions are necessary so crews can obtain core-boring samples for a future bridge project over Elk Creek.
Motorists should be alert for flaggers in the roadway, as traffic alternates turns through the work zone. PennDOT expects this restriction to be in place May 5 through 9.
Representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection [DEP] gave a presentation Tuesday evening concerning their findings and proposed action for the former borough municipal landfill site located along Jakes Hollow Road in Ridgway Township. The presentation was followed by a public hearing in order for area residents to have their thoughts and concerns recorded on an official public response document which will be published pending the close of the public comment period on June 13.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Emergency responders were called shortly after 5 p.m. for a fire at 120 Mary St. in Johnsonburg.
Elk Company 2 (Johnsonburg Fire Department) and St. Marys Ambulance were called at 5:17 p.m. A second alarm sounded five minutes later for Elk Company 6 (Wilcox Fire Department), Elk Company 4 (Ridgway Fire Department) and Elk Company 1 (Crystal Fire Department).
The residence is located just a few blocks away from the Johnsonburg Fire Department.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Highland Township has won the first round in a legal battle with a James City couple over a road drainage problem.
John and Diane Hilyer of 161 Delaware Ave. claim the township is to blame for failing to stop stormwater from causing major damage to the foundation of their home. They filed a civil complaint April 1 in Johnsonburg District Court.
Residents throughout Elk County have received letters from Blueline Geo regarding future seismic testing throughout the area.
In a letter dated April 14, Blueline Geo reports being "contracted by Seneca Resources and Tideland geophysical company to permit for a 3D seismograph survey for the lands lying in Elk County."
Some of the areas reportedly include Taft Road in St. Marys, Boot Jack Hill in Ridgway Township, and state Route 120 in Ridgway Township.
WESTLINE â€“ The operator of a motorcycle involved in a fatal accident Sunday evening on Westline Road off Route 219 has been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol.
Raymond Thomas Maedl, 50, of Cuba, N.Y. was arraigned by Bradford District Judge Richard Luther, who set bail at $50,000 cash. Maedl was placed in the McKean County Jail in lieu of bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Monday, June 2 before Kane District Judge Dave Engman.
On Friday, May 2 at 7 p.m., Ross Bish will be presenting a "Ross Bish and Friends" concert at St. Leo's Church in Ridgway. Bish will be accompanied by Bailey Pretak of Wilcox and Gabby Butterfuss of Ridgway. Other performers will be featured throughout the event including Haley Freeburg of Ridgway, Tracie Pretak of Wilcox and accompanist Bailey Pretak who will be singing as well.
The Elk County Solid Waste Authority has recently been in contact with the Elk County Conservation District concerning the combining of the organizations' facilities at a currently undecided location in St. Marys.