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Following a narrow 4-3 vote by the Ridgway Borough council, a new budget has been tentatively approved for 2015.
The approved 2015 budget includes a one mill tax increase, which will be placed in the borough's general purposes account.
"What we did in the budget for 2015, we increased it by one mill, and got us out of the $27,000 deficit, into a net balance of $7,615 for 2015," said Kim Zimmerman, Ridgway Borough manager.
The second trial for Brandon Michael Weidow, 26, of Byrnedale, began Wednesday morning.
Weidow is facing felony charges of homicide by vehicle and homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence for his alleged involvement in a 2012 vehicle crash that killed Savannah Straub.
Following a unanimous vote by the Ridgway Area School District School Board during a special board meeting on Wednesday, a contract with the Ridgway Area Teachers Association has been approved.
A motion to approve a contract with RATA was made by school board member Dave Parsons, seconded by fellow board member Kathy Lampman and following a roll call vote, all nine board members voted to approve the motion.
"Motion carries, we have a contract," school board president Lisa Connelly confirmed after the votes had been made.
The Elk County Commissioners approved a resolution fixing the salaries of certain county officers for the fiscal years 2016-2019.
On Tuesday evening the commissioners unanimously voted to increase wages by 2 percent for county county commissioners, prothonotary, register of wills/recorder of deeds, treasurer, sheriff, and coroner.
The raises are considered a cost of living increase.
The salaries are determined during similar meetings which take place every four years.
Area residents are scheduled to come together Sunday evening for Elk County's second annual candle lighting ceremony held in conjunction with The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony, an event held to honor children who have died at a young age.
The event is held across the globe at the same local hour on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. The local event will once again be held at the gazebo on the Elk County Courthouse lawn in downtown Ridgway.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The community building in Johnsonburg was a major point of discussion during Monday's borough council meeting as repairs to fix the damaged track at the community building could cost anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000, according to Johnsonburg Borough councilman Ron King.
King updated the council on the situation at the community building during Monday's borough council meeting, saying that while a woman was walking on the track, the floor cracked.
Currently, the track has been closed because of the crack in the floor, and it will remain closed until repairs can be made.
After 1,065 days, contract negotiations between the Ridgway Area Teachers Association and the Ridgway Area School District may end if the school board votes to ratify a contract proposal during Wednesday's meeting.
According to RATA president Jason Phipps, the current contract that the school board will be voting on was proposed by the RASD negotiating committee.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Borough Council approved a 2015 tax schedule during the council's regular monthly meeting on Monday as part of the overall 2015 budget, which was also approved during the meeting.
Borough manager Mary Polaski announced that the taxes for 2015 will include 26.36 mills for total real estate taxes, 227.5 mills for occupation taxes and a $47 local services tax.
The tax schedule calls for a three-mill tax hike deemed necessary to fund the hiring of a new police officer, a project to repair Harrison Avenue, a part-time street department worker and flood control.
A St. Marys couple pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the July 17 drug busts carried out in St. Marys and Ridgway by the North Central Regional Drug Task Force.
Leif Eric Moats (known as Eric), 40, and Kristin M. Moats, 33, both of 325 Kaul Ave., appeared in Elk County Court before Judge Masson Monday morning. They were arrested along with Rachel Shrefler and Tammy Zawatski, both of Ridgway, and are believed to have all worked together in the sale and distribution of alpha-PVP, the drug commonly known as bath salts.
Brandon J. Ecklund, 22, of Ridgway, pleaded guilty Monday morning to a misdemeanor charge of corruption of minors, which had been downgraded from a felony charge.
District Attorney Shawn T. McMahon informed the court that the Commonwealth and the defense had worked toward a resolution given the cost and complications of prosecution.
He noted that the cost of prosecution was considerable as a key witness had to be brought here from South Carolina.