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September 6th, 2011
Community Development Block Grant [CDBG] projects for the fiscal year are in line after a public hearing Tuesday and subsequent meeting to approve allocations.
Among the figures are $55,000 for "slum and blight remediation" for the clearance and demolition of slum and blight properties within the county.
"We're going to try to take care of some of the blighted properties in Elk County," said Tracy D. Gerber, CDBG coordinator. "We're trying to focus on some of the properties that are in the repository at the county level.
The Elk County Commissioners have publicly endorsed the implementation of a Marcellus Shale impact fee on each unconventional gas well in Pennsylvania.
"We had met with Senator [Joe] Scarnati and we were voicing our concerns for the human service side of this and they're going to be hit with this Marcellus Shale and housing, that part could be problematic," said Elk County Commissioner June H. Sorg. "I know a lot of folks are concerned about that and other programs of interest.
ST. MARYS â€“ Robert "Bert" Sorg has announced that he will mount a write-in campaign for Magisterial District Justice 59-3-03 for the Nov. 8 General Election.
"We're going to mount a good campaign. We're going to try it," Sorg said.
ST. MARYS â€“ A trial date for Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys, accused of the 1999 homicide of St. Marys beautician Irene Challingsworth, has been set for Monday, Oct. 10 beginning at 9 a.m. in the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway.
The trial is expected to continue for 10 business days until Friday, Oct. 21.
Jury selection will take place in Butler County on Friday, Sept. 16, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
WILCOX â€“ The annual Wilcox cemetery walk was held Sunday as a part of the Wilcox Public Libraryâ€™s festival. The walk was led by Tom Wantuck, a member of the Jones Township Historical Interest Group. Wantuck led participants through the cemetery touching on some of Wilcoxâ€™s founding families. Wantuck mentioned as he relished in the beauty of the Wilcox cemetery how that cemetery is one of four in Jones Township.
ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk County Conservation District is hard at work getting the West Creek Wetland Learning Center ready for its grand opening.
The grand opening is set for Wednesday, Sept. 28, which is also Elk County Conservation District Day.
"The majority of the landscaping of the rain and flower garden is complete for the year, except for minor details that will be completed before the grand opening," said watershed specialist Kim Bonfardine.
FOX TWP. â€“ The words 'fiscal restraint' were repeated often by U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) at a town hall meeting held at the Red Fern in Fox Township Friday afternoon.
Toomey, on a tour through Elk and several neighboring counties, held the town hall meeting to address the federal debt, jobs and the economy.
There was a multi-vehicle accident Friday at approximately 4:50 p.m. across from The Royal Inn on Boot Jack Road. The crash left one vehicle on its side.
ST. MARYS â€“ Thursday night, representatives from the telecommunications industry, as well as local businesses and government officials, met at Gunners Restaurant in St. Marys to discuss the implications of a proposed area code change for the region slated to take effect in the first quarter of 2015.
As many municipalities within the county are profiting from the Marcellus Shale drilling, the Ridgway Township Municipal Authority voted Thursday in favor of initiating possible negotiations with the Borough of Ridgway concerning the potential delivery of bulk water sales at various locations throughout the township.
Authority members plan to meet with Ridgway Borough officials in the near future to discuss the matter.
Works superintendent Carl Gosnell noted that the township is not equipped to supply the drilling operators.