Archive - News Article
November 11th, 2010
At city council's most recent budget meeting, Tom Farley, St. Marys resident and former city councilman, addressed council members regarding a $1 million loan they recently approved for paving projects. Farley questioned whether council members would be able to lower the millage for the city's 2011 budget if they postponed the paving project.
Council members indicated they believe that many of the road issues need to be addressed now, or else their conditions will continue to deteriorate and it will end up costing more money to repair them in the future.
As previously approved by members of city council, the city's union employees and police are under contract to receive wage increases every year through 2012. Councilman Bob Roberts brought up this point on Monday evening as he argued in favor of allowing the city's 13 non-union management employees to receive a three percent wage increase in 2011.
Renovations have recently been completed at the Fox Township Community Building following a two-year-long project.
Fox Township Public Works Director Randy Gradizzi said the building underwent a complete remodel. Among those changes was the installation of a new metal roof, creation of a new fitness center, refurbishing of the gymâ€™s floor, installation of a new heating system, electrical work, new metal siding on the front and side of the building, new walls and landscaping.
Linda Thompson, a mental health program specialist with the Cameron/Elk County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Program, is receiving the 2010 Homes Within Reach "Unsung Hero Award" from the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania at a conference in Harrisburg this week. The award is given to people who help prevent homelessness in their area.
The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved items ranging from student activities to bus stops during their Monday evening meeting.
Among the approved field trips were those to a DECA State Officer CDC Planning Meeting in Hershey taking place Dec. 1-3. DECA advisor Michelle Jackson will accompany one student on the trip. The Spanish studentsâ€™ trip to Peru in the summer of 2011 was approved, as was the St. Marys Area High Schoolâ€™s annual AP Economics class trip to New York City on March 10-11. Approximately 41 students are participating in the trip.
On Monday evening, the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved a motion to renovate the front of the high school. The project includes the replacement of all of the front exterior doors and every other window section, with the exception of those sections containing glass blocks.
The total cost of the project is $189,914, a significantly smaller amount compared to the previously quoted $284,000. Johnson Controls, Inc. will complete the work, along with KTH Architects.
Members of city council held their third and final budget meeting on Monday evening and were able to balance the city's 2011 budget. According to Carol Muhitch, city finance director, after the cutbacks made by council and city employees, the 2011 budget will contain around a $100 increase to residents' real estate property taxes.
Healthcare is a fast-growing career throughout the nation and particularly in Pennsylvania. The demand for skilled health-care workers often exceeds the supply of people with the proper training.
In an effort to help area residents explore careers in the healthcare industry and learn more about what kinds of jobs might be available, Pa. CareerLink is holding an informative program that will feature presentations by area healthcare employers and local educational and training facilities on Friday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. at the St. Marys CareerLink office, located at 301 Depot St.
Over the past two years, local author John Schlimm of St. Marys has been working with Harrahâ€™s Entertainment in producing the newly released â€śThe Seven Stars Cookbookâ€ť, featuring recipes from world-class casino restaurants.
The 320-page hardcover, coffee table book is an upscale publication featuring 25 recipes, cooking and kitchen tips, menu ideas and facts about the companyâ€™s history and operations.
Over 100 glossy photos capture the essence of the dishes, which were obtained from nearly 100 chefs from each of Harrahâ€™s three dozen properties across the U.S.
City councilman Dick Dornisch recently suggested that his fellow council members consider enacting an ordinance that would prohibit Marcellus gas wells or frac ponds from being located within at least a half-mile of residential areas within the city.
Dornisch brought up the issue as a topic for discussion at council's most recent meeting and asked his fellow council members to simply consider the matter and be prepared to discuss it further at their next meeting, which is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 15.
For more information on this story see the Nov. 8 edition of The Daily Press.