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March 12th, 2014
JAMES CITY â€“ The Highland Township Board of Supervisors is gearing up for a possible court battle to block a proposed injection well for the disposal of drilling waste fluids.
Acting at a meeting Wednesday, Supervisors Jim Wolfe, Paul Burton Sr. and Joe Milstead approved an agreement for representation by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) of Mercersburg.
DuBOIS â€“ A lengthy investigation conducted regarding the cause of a fire that razed the DuBois Country Club in late February indicates the fire was accidental.
The joint investigation was conducted between the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Unit and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) out of the Pittsburgh field office.
During a recent meeting of the Ridgway Area School Board, Lucy Bobby, who had served on the board for the past five years, announced her resignation. As of Feb. 19, Bobby had stepped down from her position which is set to be filled by Andy Thompson, who reportedly will be sworn in prior to the April board meeting.
On Tuesday evening, Ridgway Area School District finance manager Brent Rhoads presented information to the board concerning costs and trends for the school district over the past several years.
The 2014-2015 budget is yet to be completed. However, according to Rhoads, district officials will not wait until the state budget is passed as it could be as late as July by the time figures come through.
"I just wanted to try to show some of the issues we have going on in our budget this year," Rhoads said.
Staff salary payments are on the decline, yet fringe benefit payments continue to climb.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ During the regular meeting of the Johnsonburg Borough Council, chief of police Bryan Parana expressed his intent to contact Ridgway Township concerning Johnsonburgâ€™s continuing problem with tractor-trailers traveling on Water Street.
â€śWeâ€™re running a huge problem; itâ€™s daily,â€ť Parana said, adding that although there is minimal signage already present on Water Street, which is a road maintained by Ridgway Township, he would like to look into getting a more prominent sign prohibiting truck travel placed where Water Street intersects with Long Level Road.
JAMES CITY â€“ More protests against a proposed injection well for brine disposal are expected tonight at a meeting of the Highland Township Board of Supervisors.
The meeting, open to the public, is set for 7 p.m. tonight at the township building in James City.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted a permit to Seneca Resources to convert one of its natural gas wells on Lamont Road to an underground disposal site for waste drilling fluids. The liquid wastes would be injected down the well.
On Tuesday evening, the Ridgway Area School Board of Directors approved Andy Thompson to fill the recently-vacated seat on the board. Lucy Bobby, the former holder of the position, resigned effective Feb. 19 of this year and her resignation was approved unanimously by the board, with regret.
Thompson was nominated to fill the position by Cindy Allegretto and the motion was seconded by Dave Parsons. No additional nominations were made by the board.
HARRISBURG â€“ Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane on Monday announced the arrest of a St. Marys man as part of ongoing efforts to target the online sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography.
Ronald Gregory Dill, 58, 207 N. St. Marys St., Apt. 1, St. Marys, Elk County, was arrested on March 7, 2014 following a three-month investigation by agents in the Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section.
WILCOX â€“ As warm weather approaches, the Jones Township Board of Supervisors has agreed to doing some crack sealing on the roads in downtown Wilcox.
Roads superintendent Jeff Roberts has suggested the work be done by Midland Asphalt who will do the work with Jones Township supplying the flaggers throughout the duration of the project.
The board agreed to allow Midland to do the work at a cost of $5,000 which includes 400 gallons of sealant.
A light dusting Saturday night extended a winter season that already featured sub-zero temperatures and significant snowfall throughout the area.
After relatively normal numbers from October to December, the area received roughly 22 inches of snowfall in January, exceeding an average which is reportedly around 19 inches within the past 30 years, according to weatherdb.com.
February was the big difference, however, as nearly 24 inches of snow fell in the area. The average in the past 30 years is just over 13 inches for the month.