Archive - 2014 - News Article
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Thanks to funding from the Elk County Commissioners and the Johnsonburg Borough, the community building in Johnsonburg received new doors and the Johnson Run Bridge received needed repairs, after flooding in May caused severe damage and left the bridge unsafe.
The county commissioners approved two separate grant requests to help fund the community improvement projects, one through their Act 13 fund, and the other from Elk County's Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG).
HORTON TWP. â€“ Work to renovate the Horton Township building has been completed, and a storage building behind it is nearing completion, according to Horton Township Roadmaster Randy Carr.
Carr updated the Horton Township Supervisors about the work on the two buildings during Wednesday's regular monthly meeting of the Horton Township Supervisors.
Cpl. Donovan Clancy, 26, a U.S. Marine and Ridgway native, is presumed dead after efforts to rescue him have proven unsuccessful.
Marine Corps officials called off the search Monday after Clancy vanished in heavy surf in the remote waters off Tinian.
The search covered 1,700 square nautical miles but the military reportedly found no sign of the missing Marine. Inclement weather further shortened the search.
HORTON TWP. â€“ This was the scene Tuesday evening in Horton Township on state Route 219 near the intersection with Elbon Road.
The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is continuing its adamant opposition to the expansion of federal control under the Clean Water Act as the Oct. 20 comment period deadline nears.
While the Elk County Board of Commissioners publicly opposed the measure last month, Ernie Mattiuz, a member of the state farm bureau's board of directors, vice president of the Elk County Farm Bureau, governmental relations and membership chairman, warned that the proposed clarification of the 1972 Act will be trouble for citizens across the nation.
Edward J. Pisani, 59, of Johnsonburg, was sentenced Tuesday to 12 to 24 months in Elk County Prison and three years of probation for convictions of possession with intent to manufacture/distribute a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
"There was never any sale or intent to sell," Pisani said. "I smoke it."
The charges were filed after a September 2012 search warrant was executed at Pisani's home. Police found approximately 30 marijuana plants, five pounds of marijuana and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.
Ridgway Borough is benefitting from the disbursement of Act 13 Marcellus Shale impact fees to offset costs associated with the May 21 flooding disaster that ravaged the town.
Borough Manager Kim Zimmerman on Tuesday morning accepted a check from the Elk County Board of Commissioners for $28,721.84 to cover the costs of rolloff dumpsters provided for the residents by the borough.
"This is probably the biggest test that the borough manager has faced as this flood covered the north and west ends of town with water," said Elk County Commissioner Jan Kemmer.
Two Community Development Block Grant [CDBG] projects are still in the works as bids were opened Tuesday for two projects within Elk County. One project will improve water service while another will remove a blighted eyesore.
A project to replace water lines in Jones Township will use CDBG funds from fiscal years 2011, 2012, and 2013.
The multiyear CDBG funding project will improve water service in the area of Oak and Marvin Streets, Kane Street, Jarrett Street, and Lawrence Street, according to Tracy Gerber, the CDBG coordinator for the county's planning department.
BENEZETTE â€“Â Despite the gloomy weather and increasing threat of rain late Monday afternoon, a group of over a dozen individuals could be seen gathered at one of the viewing areas located at the end of one of the walking trails at the Elk Country Visitor Center around 4:30 p.m. A few cow elk were out in the field adjacent to the center, and the location where they had decided to graze put them in close enough proximity to the viewing area that visitors gathered there to take a few photos.
The experience may be common enough now, but only a handful of years ago it was not even possible.
JONES TWP. â€“Â Several signs that are worth a total of $550 are missing or misplaced from the Twin Lakes Bridge in Jones Township.
The missing signs include a bridge sign, a weight limit sign and several 500 feet ahead signs.
"It is about $550 for all the signs that we need, and we have one week to get those in," Laurie Storrar, Jones Township Supervisor, told the other supervisors during Monday's Jones Township Supervisors meeting.