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The Ridgway Township Municipal Authority approved the 2013 operating budget during their regular meeting Thursday night.
Finance Manager Jeff Schutz briefed officials on a budget that has a total estimated operating revenue of $986,870.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg School District is a recent recipient of a grant they will use to purchase laptop computers. Â
â€śThe district received a $6,534 grant from the Elk County Community Foundation,â€ť said Dennis Crotzer, Superintendent. â€śThis money will be used in conjunction with our title money to purchase 15 laptops for the teachers.â€ť
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Following a lengthy executive session the Johnsonburg Municipal Authority [JMA] voted to increase water rates during their regular meeting Tuesday night.
Effective Jan. 1, residents can expect a $10 per month increase in their water bills.
Members of the Ridgway Volunteer Fire Department responded Tuesday afternoon to what initially started out as an odor investigation at the Elk County Courthouse Annex in the 300 block of Center Street.
According to Ridgway fire chief John Wygant, an initial investigation yielded no results and he terminated the investigation. Elk Company 4 was reportedly called out at 2:58 p.m., according to 911 dispatch.
"Five minutes after I left, I was called back as the smell got more intense," Wygant said. "It was then that I called for the general alarm."
Elk County commissioners presented a tentative 2013 budget Tuesday morning without a tax increase during their board meeting.
According to commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg, 2012 has followed a continued trend of challenges for small local governments.
"With rising costs in healthcare, gas and everyday expenses, the county is continually striving to cut spending where possible," Freeburg said. "Adding on to this burden is the continual reduction in state funding for mandated programs."
The Elk County Board of Commissioners took another step in opposing the construction of an "injection well" by Seneca Resources along Lamont Road between state Route 66 and Highland Road near James City in Highland Township.
On Tuesday morning, the commissioners voted 3-0 to adopt a resolution opposing the possible injection well.
WEEDVILLE â€“ A Pennsylvania-based natural gas company will be hosting an open house this week for Elk County residents who want to know more about Marcellus Shale drilling operations in the area.
EQT Corporation will host the free event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Bennetts Valley Senior Center, 149 Plum St. in Weedville.
The Salvation Army is in need of volunteers for their annual Red Kettle Campaign.
To help fulfill the needs of the community, Lt. Esther Wilson of the Salvation Army in Ridgway has increased this year's goal from $32,000 to $42,000.
Following suit after other counties across the state, including McKean County to the north, the Elk County Board of Commissioners acted Tuesday to abolish the positions of jury commissioner.
The exclusion of the two positions will reportedly save the county $12,000.
The second man in a duo charged with a string of camp break-ins that spanned one year and three counties entered a plea of guilty to 111 counts of burglary in Elk County Court Monday.