Archive - 2014 - News Article
A savings of $20,000 is in store for the Fox Township Elementary School playground project as reported during Thursday evening's St. Marys Area School District board of directors workshop meeting.
Superintendent Brian Toth said the project budget is now considerably less than the district first anticipated at a cost of approximately $68,130. In September, the board approved contributing $38,130 to the project, equal to 55 percent of its funding.
The new project total is $39,000.
The savings is due to a decrease in equipment pricing.
The St. Marys Area Middle School gymnasium's future is bright pending approval of new LED lights.
At a cost of $10,070 the new system includes 42 lights which would replace the gym's current fluorescent lights.
The new LED lights only have to be replaced between every five to 15 years depending on use.
Dan Elder, an Aramark employee with the district, explained each year they replace 100 lamps at a cost of $500. It takes two workers two days working a total of 32 hours to complete the project.
RIDGWAY â€“ Thomas Pontzer announces that he is excited with the addition of a completely new business now utilizing one half of his downstairs main floor commercial space. 3 Geek Computers, LLC is now open at Pontzer's PEP Products place in the center of Main Street.
The owners, who each have vast experience in all the aspects of the computer business are Steve Latcovich of Ridgway, and Mike Mertz and Thomas Schreiber, both of St. Marys.
In response to a growing Marcellus Shale presence in the St. Marys, City Council has proposed tighter restrictions in its draft oil and gas zoning ordinance.
Under the direction of council, city solicitor Tom Wagner drafted the ordinance to which he presented updated changes to during council's Monday evening work session.
The action on the ordinance is due to growing Marcellus Shale activity within the region, specifically that of Seneca Resources as they increase their efforts within the city to establish at least three well pads.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Thanks to funding from the Elk County Commissioners and the Johnsonburg Borough, the community building in Johnsonburg received new doors and the Johnson Run Bridge received needed repairs, after flooding in May caused severe damage and left the bridge unsafe.
The county commissioners approved two separate grant requests to help fund the community improvement projects, one through their Act 13 fund, and the other from Elk County's Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG).
Cpl. Donovan Clancy, 26, a U.S. Marine and Ridgway native, is presumed dead after efforts to rescue him have proven unsuccessful.
Marine Corps officials called off the search Monday after Clancy vanished in heavy surf in the remote waters off Tinian.
The search covered 1,700 square nautical miles but the military reportedly found no sign of the missing Marine. Inclement weather further shortened the search.
A proposal to utilize the St. Marys City Hall basement as an Emergency Operation Center (EOC) on an as needed basis was proposed Monday evening to members of City Council.
The proposal was part of an update on the city's Emergency Management (EMA) Committee provided by EMA Director John Feldbauer.
Establishing an EOC was one of the first things the committee decided the city needs.
"We wanted to make sure we can deal with it here, within the city of St. Marys, and not rely on outside agencies for help," Feldbauer said.
RIDGWAY â€“ Ridgway Borough is benefitting from the disbursement of Act 13 Marcellus Shale impact fees to offset costs associated with the May 21 flooding disaster that ravaged the town.
Borough Manager Kim Zimmerman on Tuesday morning accepted a check from the Elk County Board of Commissioners for $28,721.84 to cover the costs of rolloff dumpsters provided for the residents by the borough.
RIDGWAY â€“ Edward J. Pisani, 59, of Johnsonburg, was sentenced Tuesday to 12 to 24 months in Elk County Prison and three years of probation for convictions of possession with intent to manufacture/distribute a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
"There was never any sale or intent to sell," Pisani said. "I smoke it."
The charges were filed after a September 2012 search warrant was executed at Pisani's home. Police found approximately 30 marijuana plants, five pounds of marijuana and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.
While city government officials are in the midst of reviewing contract negotiations with Zito Media, the company's president, Jim Rigas, presented an update of services Monday night to members of St. Marys City Council.
Among the prevalent changes completed since Rigas' last update to council in March 2012 were a bandwidth upgrade, two-way activation, high speed data and voice capability, and high definition and DVR. The regional fiber network was also expanded.
"Over $2.3 million of capital has been invested in the system since Zito Media's acquisition about 5-6 years ago," Rigas said.