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August 8th, 2012
The Ridgway Area School District Board of Directors approved a resolution to place a referendum question on the ballot of the November general election that would eliminate the occupation tax during a special meeting Tuesday night.
The school district held a public meeting April 18 seeking the public's opinion on the Act 130 tax resolution that permits school districts to repeal its existing occupation tax and replace the lost revenue by increasing the existing earned income tax.
The Ridgway YMCA "Shape the Future" capital campaign, "pool project," is one step closer to its $1.5 million goal following a substantial donation Wednesday afternoon from CNB Bank in Ridgway.
According to Ridgway YMCA Executive Director Mary Lynne Bellotti, this marks the first large donation the YMCA has received for the campaign.
"With the community's support I know that this project will become a reality for the community of Ridgway," Bellotti said.
KERSEY â€“ The Elk County Fair is featuring a new event this year, as a "street truck tire pull" event will debut at the fairgrounds in Kersey.
"I was at a fair in Albion [N.Y.] and people come off the streets with their pickup trucks and try to pull this weight behind them," said Merv Kemmer, fair manager.
In Albion, N.Y., the event was quite popular and Kemmer hopes to replicate that popularity in Kersey.
"They received a good turnout [in Albion]," Kemmer said. "We have large industrial tires [on the Al Dietz Memorial Track] and it's going to be a fun night to see how it works out."
KERSEY â€“Â A last-minute notification at the Elk County Fair will prevent some individuals from enjoying the rides on the fairgrounds.
According to Jamie Wolfe, grounds manager, children who are not at least 36 inches tall are unable to ride on the Midway Rides of Utica's equipment.
"It's all due to unforeseen circumstances and it's not the Fair's fault," Wolfe said. "The manufacturers of the rides told [Midway Rides of Utica] that their requirements and assessments of the rides say no riders less than 36 inches tall."
Area residents are preparing for the 2012 St. Leo's Summer Festival scheduled for Aug. 10, 11, and 12 at the Ridgway Firemen's Lot in Ridgway.
Booths will open at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10 and a chicken barbecue sale will begin at 5:30 p.m. and run while supplies last. "The Avenue," comprised of former members of "Eclectic Radio" and "Mr. Meaner" will perform from 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.
Booths will open at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 with Kids Playland open from 5-9 p.m. The Green Eggs Band is scheduled to perform from 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.
KERSEY â€“ Work continued over the weekend as members of Midway Utica, N.Y. moved their amusement rides in preparation for this week's Elk County Fair.
While patrons will later this week embark on the fairgrounds in Kersey, organizers said work for this year's fair began just a little while after last year's event ended.
"We've been doing our hoagie fundraisers, they do very well, and we've had flea market craft shows that do fairly decent," said Jamie Wolfe, grounds manager. "We have a sign program as well where you pay money to have a sign on the fence at the grounds."
ST. MARYS â€“ Elk Regional's acute care service for non-urgent health care needs, called "Q Care," has been restructured with new hours, a new location, and lower costs to better serve area residents.
KERSEY â€“ Organizers and volunteers are vigorously preparing for next week's 38th Annual Elk County Fair in Kersey.
With amusement rides provided by Midway Rides of Utica, N.Y., general admission is $6 daily or patrons may purchase advance tickets at the Corner Market & Deli in Kersey. Advanced tickets will be sold for $20 and will give a patron access during all five days of the fair, which runs from Tuesday, Aug. 7 through Saturday, Aug. 11.
JOHNSONBURG - The Elk County Tax Collection Committee voted Thursday to approve a resolution effectively ending the county's contract with the Central Tax Bureau (CENTAX) tax collection agency as of the end of the second fiscal quarter.
The announcement comes following ongoing difficulties with CENTAX, including payments and returns unaccounted for and the company failing to distribute collected earned income tax (EIT) monies to local municipalities and school districts.
Discussion over updating a four-year-old control system or replacing it continued during Thursday night's Ridgway Township Municipal Authority meeting.
The township's current SCADA [supervisory control and data acquisition] system, built and installed by Emerson Process in 2008, controls and monitors the tank levels and pump stations.
Emerson Process proposed a cost of about $73,900 to update the township's current system with a 90-day window of opportunity that is due to expire during the last week of August.