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March 14th, 2014
Carolyn Marie Taylor, 44, of 468 West Creek Rd, St. Marys appeared before President Judge Richard A. Masson to enter a guilty plea for a felony charge of identity theft.
The victim, Fred Grunthaner of St. Marys, looked on as Taylor offered a tearful apology in the courtroom. Taylor was charged in January of 2013 for opening several credit cards in Grunthaner's name.
One of Ridgway's prized links between past and present may soon be a distant memory of more prosperous times.
According to borough manager Kim Zimmerman, the Bogert House, ravaged by fire Jan. 28, 1990, is in violation of multiple code violations.
"I had a meeting with some people about it and itâ€™s in such poor shape that it should be condemned," Zimmerman said. "Itâ€™s a blighted property, it is not up to code at all, and being told that itâ€™s going to be turned into a hotel in a few years doesnâ€™t cut it when itâ€™s been sitting there since 1990 rotting away.
On the agenda at Monday's Ridgway Borough Council meeting will be the placement and enforcement of 66 parking meters along Main Street in downtown Ridgway.
According to borough manager Kim Zimmerman, the meters will most likely be enforced from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., however, the very placement of those meters goes against his recommendation to council.
"For the most part, during business hours the complaints Iâ€™m hearing are store employees parking in front of a different store, thatâ€™s where this is coming from," he said.
County officials on Thursday confirmed that a decision was made to move a polling location in Ridgway.
Ridgway Borough First Ward, formerly situated in the Agriculture Extension kitchen in the Elk County Courthouse basement will now be moved to the gymnasium in the Courthouse Annex.
â€śWe always have to make it convenient for the voters,â€ť said Kim Frey, director of the countyâ€™s elections office.
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.
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.