Archive - 2014 - News Article
Ridgway Borough manager Kim Zimmerman has received a new contract from the Ridgway Borough following a 5-2 vote made by the Ridgway Borough Council.
Zimmerman was in need of a new contract if he was to continue as the boroughâ€™s manager, following the expiration of his previous contract Oct. 15.
Although it had expired and he had not been offered a new contract, Zimmerman had been working under the terms of his expired contract from Oct. 15 until the council approved a new contract Monday.
Looking into the future, the Ridgway Township Supervisors are working on updating the township's zoning map and zoning ordinances, specifically an ordinance that addresses the oil and gas industry.
The oil and gas industry presence has been increasing in the region as of late, and because of that, the Ridgway Township Supervisors have begun working on an oil and gas ordinance in an attempt to protect citizens from the oil and gas companies.
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During Monday's Ridgway Borough council meeting, Main Street manager Michelle Bogacki discussed the future of the Main Street Program, which is facing an uncertain future.
Bogacki asked the council for financial support, asking for enough money to make the Main Street program sustainable for the next five years.
Bogacki is attempting to get Ridgway identified as a Designated Keystone Community through the Department of Community and Economic Development which would open Ridgway up to participate within several state programs.
KERSEY â€“ A Kersey couple became the latest in a growing line of arrests made by the North Central Municipal Drug Force.
Michael Todd Bizzak, 44, and Cynthia Marie Bizzak, 49, of 491 Main St., Kersey, were taken into custody on Dec. 9 when a search warrant was served on their home. Items seized included approximately $3,000 in cash, over 138 grams of suspected alpha-PVP (the drug commonly known as bath salts), numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia, packing materials and electronic devices typically used to order bath salts. The amount of bath salts carries a street value of over $27,000.
"The biggest fear we have is that we won't be remembered."
Leslie Neal spoke those words during Sunday's candle lighting ceremony that she helped organize in an attempt to make sure that the area's deceased children will not be forgotten.
Last year, Neal, who lost her 16-year-old son in 2011, started a local candle lighting ceremony in Ridgway along with Elk County Commissioner Jan Kemmer to remember the area's children who died at a young age, much like her son.
"It's a way of honoring him and remembering him," Neal said while talking about the importance the event had for her personally.
It was recently announced that Governor-Elect Tom Wolf selected a variety of individuals from across the state to head transition review teams that will be tasked with examining various agencies, policies, and issues in an effort to aid him in starting off his first term as governor as effectively as possible. Among those individuals was Kersey resident Dan Surra, who will head the Fish and Game review team.
A jury found Brandon Michael Weidow guilty of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence and related offenses for his involvement in the 2012 one-vehicle crash that claimed the life of Savannah Straub.
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The Ridgway Area School District has released the recently approved contract with the Ridgway Area Teachers Association, a contract that includes a $500 one-time signing bonus, but no retroactive pay raises.
The school board voted to approve the contract during a special meeting Wednesday, and board president Lisa Connelly said that the contract would be available after the two sides had signed the agreement.