Archive - 2014 - News Article
JOHNSONBURG â€“ A fire broke out Tuesday evening at the old fire station along East Center Street in Johnsonburg across from Kwik Fill and Kopper Kettle.
The building, located at 1049 East Center St., reportedly houses apartment units.
Initial reports confirmed heavy smoke coming from the building.
During the tours of St. Joseph Monastery this past weekend, attendees had the opportunity to walk the hallways and see the empty rooms that were once the living quarters of the Benedictine Sisters.
The first set of living quarters that the tour groups came upon were located in the 1934 building, and local historian Ray Beimel, who hosted each of the tours, noted that in later years one end of that hallway was used as an infirmary.
Council tabled discussion about replacing Elk County Industrial Park directional signs.
City Manager Dave Greene explained the Tourism Oriented Directional Signs (TODS). In an effort to research funding options for new signs directing drivers to the industrial park, Greene explained PennDOT has turned over attraction signs to Pa. Tourism Signing Trust, who has complete control over all directional signs.
RIDGWAY â€“ During Tuesday's Elk County Solid Waste Authority board meeting, the authority board members expressed displeasure over the recent discontinuation of the curbside recycling program in the Ridgway Borough.
The Ridgway Borough Council voted during its November meeting to discontinue the curbside recycling program that had been within the borough since 1991.
A cut in city insurance rates helped lower the expenditures in the 2015 City of St. Marys preliminary budget of $7,524,053 which was unanimously adopted with no tax increase Monday evening by City Council.
Council's fourth and final budget meeting was brief as Carol Muhitch, city finance director, briefly explained a change in the budget.
According to Muhitch, late Friday she received a quote for insurances covering auto, liability, property and workers' compensation, and there was a "substantial savings."
During the second stop of the tour of St. Joseph Monastery, which was hosted by local historian Ray Beimel over the weekend, attendees had a chance to see the community room, which had been a gathering place for all of the Sisters.
"There used to be tables, sofas, chairs, and in later days a widescreen TV," Beimel said.
RIDGWAY â€“ William J. Gnan was sentenced Monday to 18-60 months of incarceration in a state correctional facility for multiple felony charges.
Gnan had four separate cases consolidated for sentencing purposes, including a June 29 burglary in which he stole a tin of cookies from St. Leo Church after entering through a basement window.
RIDGWAY â€“ Ron McMinn, a director on the Elk County Conservation District's board of directors for 44 years, has decided to retire, making Monday's board meeting the last that he will serve as an active director.
McMinn, who started his work with the conservation district in 1970, said that it was time to step down so that some younger people could come onto the board.
"I felt it's time for younger blood to come, and I'm a firm believer of that," he said.
RIDGWAY â€“ Richard Alan Poage of Ridgway appeared in Elk County Court Monday for sentencing in four cases.
Poage entered a plea of "nolo contendere" or no contest for a felony charge of receiving stolen property. With the entry of a no contest plea, the defendant neither admits guilt nor disputes the evidence.
It is alleged that Poage came to be in possession of an ATV belonging to Scott Lowe. He was sentenced to 15-48 months of incarceration in a state correctional facility with credit for time served of 143 days.
St. Marys City Council unanimously approved awarding a bid in the amount of $31,564 for analytical services at the wastewater treatment.
Lad Kornacki, wastewater treatment plant chief operator, said the services are for tests and parameters they do not run in-house.
Bid proposals were sent out Sept. 24. Four out of six labs submitted bids for the project.
The bid was awarded to Analytical Services of Brockway who was the lowest bidder.