Archive - Apr 2011 - News Article
Elk County's planning department recently received a grant totaling $138,000 from the state Department of Community and Economic Development [DCED] for home accessibility modifications.
Earlier this week, members of city council gave their unanimous approval to Ordinance 265 regarding refinancing the city's 2006 bond issue. Tom Lynch, the city's bond counsel, was present at the meeting and explained that General Obligation Bonds in the amount of $4,870,000 will be issued for a funding program to re-fund a series of General Obligation Notes already held by the city.
The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved several personnel issues at this monthâ€™s regular meeting.
All employment recommendations are provisional for 30 days pending receipt of Act 151 and Act 34 clearance documentation and pre-employment drug testing if applicable.
The board approved the elimination of one elementary school librarian position, effective at the end of the 2010-2011 school year.
Members of city council voted on Monday evening to table Resolution 11-8 regarding extending the boundaries of the city's Redevelopment District.
Redevelopment Authority (RDA) member Warren Stewart attended the meeting and addressed council members about the proposed changes to the district.
"We actually wanted the [Redevelopment District to encompass] the Commercial District," Stewart said of the group's original plan.
A ribbon-cutting was recently held for St. Marys' newest business, E-Z Rolling, which offers a variety of custom-blend, chemical-free cigarettes at lower prices than commercial brands.
The new store opened on April 4 and is located at 45 Erie Ave., site of the former Kriegisch Martial Arts studio.
Elk County officials discussed the local government's advanced knowledge of Marcellus Shale development and unveiled detailed maps Tuesday morning to better educate the taxpayers.
According to Jim Abbey, director of the county's information technology/geospatial information systems [IT/GIS] department, officials have recently undertaken the task of plotting all well site activity within the county.
"The county website right now has a map with all the permitted well sites within the county," Abbey said. "These maps are now being made at the municipal level now."
St. Marys Mayor Sally Geyer signed a proclamation on Monday evening honoring the Penn-Elk Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, which will be celebrating the 90th anniversary of its chartering.
As she read the proclamation, Geyer stated that the Penn-Elk Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution was organized on April 17, 1920 and chartered on April 17, 1921.
Tom Farley is not in violation of the Home Rule Charter and is eligible to run for another term on St. Marys City Council since, if elected, there will be a two-year gap between when he last served and when he rejoins the board. This opinion was presented to members of council in the form of a letter from Attorney Tom Wagner on Monday evening.
The St. Marys Public Library recently upgraded computer equipment inside its Children's Library, which was funded by a grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities. The grant will also provide funding for acoustic improvements for the library's large meeting room.
Linda Hoffman, owner of McDonald's of St. Marys, was on hand Monday afternoon to present a check to Scarlette Corbin, library director, and Vicki Miller, children's services director.
Joining the St. Marys Area Ambulance Service benefits individuals by reducing the amount they have to pay in the event of an emergency; however, the membership funds are also crucial to the ambulance service because they allow for the purchase of new equipment.
According to St. Marys Area Ambulance Service Manager Bert Sorg, all of the service's equipment is purchased with membership funds and it is important for items to continually be updated in order to provide the best service to area residents.