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November 21st, 2014
EMPORIUM â€“ Working in an industry surrounded by a negative stigma, Seneca Resources faces many questions about the impacts that its work has on the environment and community that surround its drilling sites.
On a recent rig tour, Seneca Resources representatives answered a few common concerns about the gas drilling industry, specifically the company that owns a majority of the mineral rights in Elk County, Seneca Resources, while explaining what Seneca does to recycle goods and reduce the impact of its drilling sites.
HARRISBURG â€“ The Pennsylvania Department of Education has taken steps to establish Pennsylvaniaâ€™s first Rural Regional Community College, announced Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25), Senator Bob Robbins (R-50) and Senator Scott Hutchinson (R-21).
A fire broke out Thursday evening at 4:30 p.m. along Walnut Street in the borough of Ridgway.
The house is owned by Steven J. Lenze, 56, of St. Marys, according to a public information release report provided by the Ridgway-based state police.
Trooper Robert J. Southern was the investigating officer and determined the fire originated in the ceiling area of an upstairs apartment at 314 Walnut St. occupied by 31-year-old Marjorie Moore. The fire was determined to be accidental in nature and most likely caused by an overheated electric circuit, according to PSP Ridgway.
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Following an investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation into the Elk County Sheriffâ€™s Office regarding the work schedules and overcompensation of deputy sheriffs, the findings of the investigation recommended that a criminal prosecution was not warranted; consequently, a criminal prosecution of any member of the Elk County Sheriffâ€™s Office shall not occur.
With repairs upcoming for the East Branch Dam, Layne Christensen Construction, the company contracted to complete the repairs, visited Ridgway Thursday afternoon to begin networking with local businesses that will have an impact on the dam project.
On Aug. 26, Layne was awarded the contract for the East Branch Dam repairs by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at a total value of just over $132.5 million.
The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission held their monthly meeting Wednesday morning to discuss possible upgrades that could be on the horizon for the region's railroad system.
A few weeks ago, North Central officials were approached about the possible changes by two of the short-line railroad companies in the area, the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad that runs north to south in the area and the R.J. Corman Railroad Company that runs through Clearfield and Clinton Counties.
While a budget draft has not yet been completed, the Elk County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday morning confirmed that taxes will not increase for the upcoming year.
Commissioner June Sorg said Tuesday the commissioners asked for little to no increases in projected expenditures from the respective county departments.
A draft of the 2015 budget should be unveiled at the board's next meeting Tuesday, Dec. 2.
Following the May 21 flood that impacted Ridgway, Elk Creek was damaged and the needed repairs for it will come with a cost that could enter into the $1 million range.
Using an agreement that was made during the 1960s, the Ridgway Borough is working together with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to repair the flood damage to Elk Creek in Ridgway, according to Kim Zimmerman, the Ridgway Borough manager.
The agreement stated that repairs to Elk Creek for flood damage would be done by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but work was not done when the contract was originally signed.
Property taxes for Ridgway Township will not be increased for the upcoming year as the Ridgway Township Supervisors have a proposed budget for the year that shows a surplus.
Supervisor John Gardner made the announcement that the supervisors would not be increasing property taxes, which marks the 23rd straight year without a property tax increase, with the last increase coming in 1991.
Following a unanimous vote, the supervisors approved a proposed budget, which will now be available for public viewing as required by state law.