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January 21st, 2015

Figures show JASD general fund nearly bankrupt

January 21, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – Without a major influx in revenue, the Johnsonburg Area School District's general fund may run out within a matter of a few years.
"I'd say we are three years from this thing being belly up without something major happening," said Robert Paladino, JASD school board president at a JASD school board budget workshop on Tuesday.

January 20th

Howard questions possible tax decrease

January 20, 2015

RIDGWAY – St. Marys Mayor Bob Howard on Tuesday morning questioned Elk County Commissioners on the possibility of a county tax decrease due to projected future windfalls from Act 13 impact fee funds.
The impact fee “specifically provides for the imposition of an unconventional well fee by county (or alternatively municipalities compelling the imposition of an unconventional well fee),” according to the Pennsylvania Utility Commission.

Reports details mayor and manager's activities

January 20, 2015

The Cobblestone Hotel Group stated the projected opening of the new downtown St. Marys hotel is to take place during the second quarter of 2015, most likely by the end of June.
They noted that weather has slowed down the construction process.
The Cobblestone Hotel and Suites is a three-story hotel consisting of 64 rooms and will be situated on the corner of Fourth and Depot streets.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held in June with the anticipated opening slated for February, however the project has faced delays caused by bidding issues, permitting and weather.

County says no to $5 registration add-on

January 20, 2015

RIDGWAY – County officials announced Tuesday morning that they will not solicit a $5 increase on car registration fees in Elk County.
Vehicle registration fees are already scheduled to increase from $36 to $38 by 2017 in accordance with the most recent state budget. From there, future increases will reportedly be tied to inflation. The state budget plan also allowed for counties to implement a $5 car registration fee.

January 19th

Council receives input on smoke testing, gas ordinance

January 19, 2015

St. Marys City Council received input on several items during their Monday evening meeting. Among them were the initial results of the smoke testing of sanitary sewer lines conducted over the summer and an update of the draft of the city's oil and gas ordinance.
St. Marys GIS Coordinator Travis Skrzype reported a total of 668 sources of inflow and infiltration were identified, 399 of which were private sources such as roof drains and yard drains.
The remaining 269 sources are on public property and include catch basins, cleanouts, and other collection system issues.

City's newest police officer introduced to Council

January 19, 2015

St. Marys City Police Chief Todd Caltagarone introduced the city's newest police officer, Andrew Nero, during Monday evening's St. Marys City Council meeting.
Nero joined the city police department full-time in Jan. 12.
Born and raised in St. Marys, Nero is a graduate of St. Marys Area High School.

Local leaders react to NRA lawsuits

January 19, 2015

The National Rifle Association announced last week that it is suing Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Lancaster, claiming that these municipalities are in violation of a 1974 state law prohibiting cities from setting gun policies more strict than those enforced at the state government level.
"With regard to municipal gun ordinances in Pennsylvania, the facts are clear," state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) said. "State law has always prohibited individual municipalities from regulating firearms."

Demolition held up by Ridgway property owner

January 19, 2015

RIDGWAY – With an excavator and the Ridgway Borough street crew on site, a house located at 241 Monterey Ave. was scheduled to be demolished until the property owner delayed the demolition by tearing the house down by hand.
The house, located on property owned by Domingos Pena of Johnsonburg, was set to be demolished as part of the Ridgway Borough's code enforcement, but the borough couldn't remove Pena and a second individual from the house so that they could demolish the home.

January 18th

Humane Society struggles to control Elk County's stray cat population

January 18, 2015

Over the past few years, the stray cat population in Elk County has reached unprecedented numbers and has become a growing problem for the community, just as it is across the country. The Elk County Humane Society (ECHS) has been at the forefront of this issue.

Performance Profile acts as report card for state's schools

January 18, 2015

The School Performance Profile (SPP) scores were recently released for public schools across the state.
The SPP acts as a report card from the Pa. Department of Education. The profiles are based off the results of each public school's Pa. System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests and Keystone Exams, a state required year-end exam.
The purpose of the profile is to measure annual student academic growth, graduation rates, attendance, achievement in underperforming students, participation in Advanced Placement courses, SAT and ACT scores and other factors.

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