Archive - 2014 - News Article
The final selection of the 2014 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) project were presented to St. Marys City Council and entails a multi-year sewer reconstruction project on Charles Street.
Community and Economic Development Coordinator Tina Gradizzi notified council the city's annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Program award is slightly less than anticipated.
Typically as an entitlement city St. Marys is awarded $300,000 in funding, however this year it was cut to $288,311.
The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission held their regular monthly executive committee meeting where education and its disconnect from industry was a hot topic of discussion.
Executive committee members discussed how there is often a major disconnect between education and industry within the area.
The St. Marys Airport Industrial Park may soon have new tenants.
Four sales agreements have been signed, according to St. Marys City Manager Dave Greene, who recently met with another individual interested in purchasing a lot at the airport.
In addition, Greene has met with Nick Suplizio from GAI Consultants to discuss various funding sources for building a multi-tenant building at the park.
GAI constructed a similar building at the Bradford airport with hopes of undertaking the same thing project in St. Marys.
A visit from the probation officers didn't go well for two St. Marys men as Garrett A. Frederoski, 20, and Benedict Earl Asti, 22, now face multiple drug charges.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, when a probation officer asked Frederoski why he didn't get a legitimate job, his response was, "Why should I? I make anywhere from $1,000 to $1,500 a week selling drugs."
Avid readers may want to check an extra book or two out from the St. Marys Public Library before the end of the week as the facility will be shut down all next week so that new carpeting can be installed.
"We're going to be closed starting Monday, Sept. 29," said Director Leslie Swope.
The entire building will be closed to the public for that entire week, and the upstairs section of the library is expected to reopen the following Monday, Oct. 6.
In early August, five firefighting crews met in Harrisburg in preparation to fly to Redding, Calif. to assist with western fires caused by lighting strikes. Among them was Don Weis of St. Marys who works for the Elk State Forest Bureau of Forestry.
Weis was the assigned crew boss for a Central Appalachian area crew whose primary assignment was "mop-up," extinguishing burning or smoldering material after a fire has come through an area.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Bill Maiers, a game commissioner and current resident of Johnsonburg, was one of many east coast firefighters that was asked to help with the recent outbreak of wildfires on the west coast.
Maiers was selected among a pool of firefighters that spanned Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, West Virginia, Wisconsin and several other eastern states.
"I've been pretty lucky to go out," Maiers said.
St. Marys City Council unanimously approved the condemnation and demolition of a house located at 441 Rightmeyer St.
A condemnation hearing took place prior to the start of council's Monday evening meeting. During the hearing Code Enforcement Officer Matt Young testified to the numerous property maintenance issues which have plagued the property since 2001.
Also testifying were Bill Kraus, Crystal Fire Department chief, and Mike Breindel, a nearby resident.
RIDGWAY â€“ The Ridgway Area School District's school board held a special meeting Tuesday, and going into the meeting, the only item on the agenda was the Ridgway Area Teachers Association's contract.
The teachers association has voted not to accept the recent offer from the school board, stating that the proposal "contained information [they] had never seen or discussed," according to a statement released by RATA.
The Elk County Recycling Center, Orro Fundraising and CAPSEA are teaming up throughout the month of October to kickstart a fundraiser to support CAPSEA's ongoing flood relief.
CAPSEA was one of many local businesses that sustained substantial damage during the flood that soaked the area on May 21.
CAPSEA alone suffered $35,000 in damages as a result of the flood, $15,000 of that total still has not been recovered at this point, according to CAPSEA's executive director, Billie Jo Weyant.