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June 12th, 2012
Residents of Ridgway will not see an increase in property and occupation taxes after the Ridgway Area School District Board of Directors adopted the 2012-2013 General Fund Budget during Tuesday night's regular meeting.
Finance Manager Brent Rhoads presented a budget with revenues and expenditures of $11,831,371 with a decrease of $191,734 compared to last year's budget.
The breakdown of the budget includes: local revenues of $4,645,326; state revenues of $6,876,108; federal revenues of $116,000; a use of fund balance of $43,937; and a grant contingency of $150,000.
WILCOX â€“ The Jones Township Board of Supervisors held their regular meeting Monday night in the kitchen of the Community Center along Faries Street in Wilcox.
Chairman Mike DePonceau reviewed Act 13 notifications for four conventional and unconventional wells in Jones and Ridgway Townships.
DePonceau announced that Kelsey O'Rourke of Jones Township was awarded this year's scholarship from the Elk County Association of Township Officials.
A request was received from Brenda Hodgdon for changes to be made to the open burning policy.
At Monday's meeting of the Elk County Gas Task Force held at the new 911 Center in Ridgway, McKean County Emergency Management Agency Director Bruce Manning gave task force members an update of efforts to educate first responders about natural gas and oil sites.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Following a recommendation from the Johnsonburg Fire Department the Johnsonburg Borough Council approved a resolution to designate the St. Marys Area Ambulance Service as the primary provider of emergency services in Johnsonburg.
Prior to the meeting, a three-man committee was formed consisting of council members James DeAngelo, James R. DePanfilis and Ronald King to review outside ambulance service providers.
A massive show of community support for the 2012 Elk County Relay for Life was on display at the Fox Township Community Park on Friday during the opening ceremony of the 24-hour event.
Emcee Roben Daghir said the goals were to increase awareness of cancer in the area and raise the funds needed to combat the disease, and termed the event was a "big success." Monetary donations for this year's event totaled roughly $13,450.
The 2012 Elk County Relay for Life event held at the Fox Township Community Park this past Friday took time to honor loved ones who lost their battles with cancer, as well as celebrate the survivors like keynote speaker Patty Greene.
Greene, a lifelong resident of Elk County, was first diagnosed with breast cancer at age 52.
In relating her story, Greene said her battle with cancer began in January 2010 when a routine mammogram revealed "something suspicious." Greene said doctors had detected a "little lump about the size of a pea."
ST. MARYS â€“ Elk County Catholic High School freshman Tony Hanes captured first place for his editorial cartoon as part of a national competition.
"It shows how America is in debt and how we always rely on China to get us out," Hanes explained his cartoon.
The winning cartoon depicts U.S. President Barack Obama stranded in a hole referred to as "Debt Valley" while being rescued by a helicopter with "China" inscribed on it.
Just because the sun is shining now doesnâ€™t mean Pennsylvanians shouldnâ€™t save for a rainy day, according to the nonprofit organization Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED). In a study issued a few months ago by CFED, Commonwealth residents rank 14th in the country in financial security, earning a â€śB.â€ť
Donâ€™t have enough money in your â€śRainy Day Fund?â€ť Emporium-based CPA and Certified Financial Planner Robyn Kuleck (www.kuleckfinancialplanning.com) has some recommendations to help people prepare from getting soaked.
In addition to tracking spending habits to make adjustments where needed and putting whatever amount of money youâ€™re able to afford into savings before paying other bills, Kuleck said there are some other methods of saving that can allow people to save without too much pain.
Discussion over updating a four-year-old SCADA [supervisory control and data acquisition] control system continued during Thursday night's Ridgway Township Municipal Authority meeting.
The SCADA system built and installed by Emerson Process in 2008 controls and monitors the tank levels and pump stations within the township.
Assistant to the Works Superintendent Chris Klase reminded officials of the need to update a control system that has a life expectancy of about five years until becoming obsolete.