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September 20th, 2011
During Monday's St. Marys City Council meeting, a brief public hearing was held as part of the 2011 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. Tina Gradizzi, community and economic development coordinator, announced that this year's projects consist of street reconstruction and improvements.
The CDBG Entitlement Program helps to financially assist municipalities with numerous community development needs and principally benefits low- and moderate-income citizens.
A preliminary injunction in favor of oil and gas drilling in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) will stand.
In a ruling announced Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit endorsed a preliminary injunction issued in December 2009 by U.S. District Court Judge Sean McLaughlin in Erie.
That injunction enjoins the U.S. Forest Service from preparing a study under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) as a â€śpre-conditionâ€ť for drilling oil and gas wells in the ANF.
On Monday evening, St. Marys City Council approved the real estate sale for land in the St. Marys Industrial Park at the airport on which a new business, SMC Powder Metallurgy of St. Marys, Inc. plans to construct a facility.
The purchase price of the land was $203,300 and includes one entire lot and a portion of another. The new business plans to create 200 jobs.
As part of this transaction, the city has been working with the St. Marys Soccer Association in finding a new location for their five fields, which are currently situated on the land.
We all know someone who has been affected by breast cancer; according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), one in six women is diagnosed with breast cancer annually. The ACS also estimates that more than 10,500 women in Pennsylvania will receive a diagnosis of breast cancer by the end of the year.
In order to help educate the community about breast cancer and provide inspiration to area women and their families, Elk Regional Health Center is hosting "Pink Palooza." The event will be held Thursday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. at The Red Fern in Fox Township.
At Thursday's meeting of the Jay Township Supervisors, in the "old business" section of the agenda, supervisors and residents delved into the topic of the township's junkyard ordinance. Disagreement centered on the proposed limitation of licenses for junkyards in the area to five.
Area resident Robert Coppolo of Weedville asked supervisors how they arrived at the number five in determining how many licenses the township would provide.
"We just tried to come up with a number so we wouldn't have 20 of them," said Supervisor Francis Gustafson.
MT. JEWETT --A tornado in July 2003 toppled the midsection of the Kinzua Viaduct and virtually knocked out the area's major tourist attraction.
Mother Nature won this battle, but the ingenuity of man has overcome that setback with the construction of the Kinzua Sky Walk-- a pedestrian walkway built atop the very towers that once supported the historic Kinzua Bridge near Mt. Jewett.
At Thursday's meeting of the Jay Township Supervisors, one of the matters discussed by residents and officials was the recent descaling and painting of the Caledonia Bridge. Residents concerned that that the activity could pose an environmental hazard or warrant a fine from the DEP [state Department of Environmental Protection] pressed the supervisors for accountability.
"Did they procure permits before they started, from the state or the EPA, whoever you need to get permits from? You said you would check into the permits," said Nadine Pirrazi of Byrnedale.
The Fox Township Supervisors recently discussed creating a parking lot in the industrial park near the adjacent soccer fields.
The township has a five-year lease agreement with SinterFire, who owns the land the soccer fields are situated on. The township is currently in the second year of the lease.
After being shut out for the past two years, an Elk County resident was finally selected in this year's elk license drawing, which was held by the Pennsylvania Game Commission at the main headquarters in Harrisburg on Wednesday afternoon. The drawing was originally scheduled to be held on Friday, Sept. 9, but was delayed due to flooding in the Harrisburg area.
As has been the case since the event was moved back to Harrisburg, the drawing was broadcast via live video feed on the Game Commission's website.
Fifty-six licenses was awarded this year, 18 for bulls and 38 for cows.
The City of St. Marys Parking Authority held their final regular meeting on Tuesday evening inside City Hall.
The authority will be officially dissolved by City Council at its upcoming Sept. 19 meeting. It was established 49 years ago and was due to expire next year unless reauthorized by council.
"We are an arm and only make suggestions and manage finances, etc.," said Warren Stewart, a member of the authority. "The authority's job is to acquire land and funding for parking lots."