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April 15th, 2015
By Richie Lecker
According to Ridgway Borough Manager Kim Zimmerman, the Ridgway Borough Council and the Ridgway Borough Police Department agreed on a contract Monday during a personnel and finance committee meeting.
This agreement, which is pending a final vote by council on Monday, April 20, ends negotiations that started in May 2014 to renew the contract for patrolmen in the Ridgway Borough Police Department.
The annual Main Street community cleanup is planned for this Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. with a tentative end time of noon.
The group will meet at the gazebo.
"It started through the Main Street Program and more so the Heritage Council as well," said Main Street Manager Michelle Bogacki. "It identifies volunteer group efforts and organizes something fun, but it also gets the job done.
"It's been organized mostly to sweep away 'Old Man Winter'â€¦ get the cinders off the sidewalks, get the flowerbeds back together, fix the bricks at the base of the trees, and other things."
According to Ridgway Borough Manager Kim Zimmerman, borough officials have received no official correspondence from the Ridgway YMCA regarding the lease between the Ridgway YMCA and the Ridgway Borough for the property currently occupied by the skate park.
Zimmerman made the statement to The Ridgway Record on Tuesday in response to rumors on Facebook that state that the YMCA board of directors have voted to end the lease and to give the Ridgway Borough 120 days to remove the skatepark from YMCA-owned property.
During Tuesday's Ridgway Area School District school board meeting, the board was urged by a Ridgway Borough resident to support the Ridgway Township's efforts to increase setbacks for oil and gas.
Bill Granche spoke during the board's public comment section about supporting the Ridgway Township supervisors' attempts to keep oil and gas wells 2,000 feet from schools.
The Ridgway Township supervisors are currently working through a curative amendment process to add the oil and gas industry to its zoning ordinance and map.
The Ridgway YMCA will be hosting various Healthy Kids Day events this Friday at the North Broad Street facility.
The day is the YMCA's "national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids."
"The YMCA enjoys putting on this event as it gives the kids something to do on a Friday night," said Ridgway YMCA Executive Director Mary Lynne Bellotti. "We open up the entire facility and welcome everyone to come in."
JOHNSONBURG â€“ From a Girl Scout project to a rat rod event, the Johnsonburg Borough Council had several guests at Monday's borough council meeting who asked for borough approval to get various projects underway.
Adrian Bevacqua attended the borough council meeting for the second month in a row to try and obtain council approval for a rat rod show that he wants to put on in the borough on June 6.
Bevacqua was asking council to approve the closure of Market Street on the day of the event, and he was asking the council to waive the open container ordinance for the day of the event.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Borough is starting to take action on its wild and exotic animal ordinance as in the past week the borough council approved its first exemption to the ordinance, and the Johnsonburg Borough Police Department filed the first charges associated with the ordinance.
Bryan Parana, the Johnsonburg Borough Police Department police chief, spoke during Monday's Johnsonburg Borough Council meeting about the actions that have been taken in the past week regarding the ordinance.
JAY TWP. â€“ An air tanker dispatched by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources made several passes dumping water on a brush fire Monday afternoon near 3077 River Rd. in Jay Township.
A spokesperson for DCNR said the fire was mostly contained as of 5 p.m. Monday and that the cause is still under investigation.
Please see the Tuesday, April 14, 2015 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.
ST. MARYS â€“ An explosion in a coal room of a Rosely Road home late Saturday morning damaged a residence in St. Marys.â€¨Elk Company 1 (Crystal Fire Department) and St. Marys Ambulance were called out at 11:22 a.m. Saturday to 1366 Rosely Rd. for what 911 dispatchers described as an explosion at the residence.
The earliest makings of what is now state Route 120 (SR 120) was a trail used by North American Indians to cross the continental divide between the Susquehanna and Allegheny rivers, according to the Elk County Historical Society.â€¨The western Pennsylvania section of the trail would have been established by the Erie tribe, a sub tribe of Indians who spoke the Iroquoian language but were destroyed and dispersed by the northern Iroquois for helping refugees from the enemy of the Iroquois, the Huron Indians, during the Beaver Wars, a battle over hunting grounds for the fur trade.