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February 26th, 2014
Several issues were touched on during a recent St. Marys City Council meeting. Among them were road repairs, drainage issues and the manager's report.
Councilman Greg Gebauer suggested City Manager Dave Greene contact someone to repair the intersection of Mill Street and South St. Marys Street. Despite the sewer line repairs completed in that area, that portion of the road remains in disrepair.
"It's very bad," Gebauer said.
RIDGWAY â€“ Despite no budget increase, Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed 2014-2015 state budget of $29.4 billion would hike spending by nearly $1 billion.
The proposal provides additional funding for Pre-K-12 education, but restricts funds in a way that will make it hard to restore cuts made to the classroom in recent years.
The most significant line items are funding for education (35 percent), medical assistance and long-term living (22.8 percent), other welfare (16 percent) and corrections (7.5 percent).
RIDGWAY â€“ The Elk County Solid Waste Authority is currently gearing up for the Pick it Up PA campaign set to run from April 21 to May 6 this year.
The campaign is part of the Great American Cleanup which began in Pennsylvania in 2004 and has since seen nearly 5,000 special events and over 130,000 volunteers who have collected 6.2 million pounds of trash and recyclable materials.
Pick it Up PA events are sponsored through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association.
Michael Hager of Leo, Ind. is enjoying his second Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous.
Hager, whose carving station is located along Center Street behind the Elk County Prison, is a relative newcomer to the art form.
"I bought a book years ago, read it and thought Iâ€™d give this a try," he said. "It was probably four years ago and Iâ€™ve always been in the construction business."
Several members of St. Marys City Council have shown interest in potentially having a new study conducted regarding the city. The study would focus on various aspects related to finances, management and implementation.
Councilman Gary Anderson said he recently reviewed Bradford's report done by Delta Development Ground, Inc. under the Pa. Early Intervention Program (EIP) for analysis of its city's financial condition which he said provides a good base when reviewing wage, expenditures and more.
RIDGWAY â€“Â The Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, and the chainsaw carving art form itself has evolved over the years.
Many of the carvers convening in downtown Ridgway were once humble beginners, creating mushrooms and bears from random logs. The mantra of late, however, seems to be "Go big or go home," as carvers continuously try to get better and better, and take on projects of seemingly epic proportions.
A prime example is Scott Dow, owner of Animalistic Chainsaw Carving Studio along U.S. Route 6 in Corry.
During their regular meeting for the month of February, the Elk County Conservation District further discussed upcoming increases for the dirt and gravel roads portion of the state's recently-passed transportation bill.
The program has increased funding sevenfold with Pennsylvania municipalities set to receive $28 million in 2015 as opposed to the $4 million received in 2014.
The county received its allotted funding for fiscal year 2014 on Monday, with $25,000 in the pot for registered municipalities to use on dirt and gravel roads.
Recruitment and retention continues to plague fire departments throughout the U.S. including the St. Marys Crystal Fire Department.
Fire Chief Bill Kraus reported this challenge along with overhauls he believes need to be made in training requirements during a recent St. Marys City Council meeting.
While the number of volunteer firefighters is declining, the age of volunteer firefighters is increasing. This is evident as the average age of CFD firefighters ranges from 40 to 50 years old, proving a need to recruit younger members.
ST. MARYS â€“ State Police fire marshal Corporal Greg Agosti conducted an investigation along with Crystal Fire Department and the St. Marys City Police Department regarding a Sunday night fire that heavily damaged a residence at 572 S. St. Marys St. in St. Marys.
The victim was Michael S. Murgash of St. Marys.
For the past several years the Confirmation students from St. Marys' three Catholic parishes have held collections after each Mass during the same weekend as the Super Bowl. Known as 'Souper Bowl Sunday,' the proceeds from the annual event benefit the Christian Food Bank of St. Marys. This year's collection, which was held Feb. 1-2, saw $4,951 donated for the organization.