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July 10th, 2012
FOX TWP. - "It turned out to be a fiasco," said Charles Bloam III, tax collector for the City of St. Marys, in describing the realization of Pennsylvania's Act 32 requiring counties to consolidate the collection of earned income tax (EIT) to a single collector.
The recent breakdown of the county's contract with CENTAX, the firm contracted to collect and disburse earned income tax to local municipalities and school districts, has highlighted difficulties associated with the state's Act 32 legislation.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg Fire Chief Bob Dickey updated the Johnsonburg Borough Council during their regular meeting Monday on two fires that as of recent have been a cause for alarm to many of the residents within the borough of Johnsonburg and surrounding areas.
The first fire Dickey touched on was at the Old Johnsonburg Hotel along East Center Street that was reported to have ignited at approximately 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 28.
FOX TWP. - A special meeting of the Elk County Tax Collection Committee was held Monday at the Fox Township Municipal Building in response to the failure of a tax collection firm contracted by the county to collect and distribute earned income tax (EIT) to its school districts and municipalities in accordance with Act 32 legislation.
The Fox Township Supervisors discussed details of a proposed policy for use of the Fox Twp. Community Building during their most recent meeting.
Supervisor Dave Mattiuz said he had Kathy Dowie, township secretary, draw up a policy in order to have information pertaining to the building's use in one document.
"I think in general it looks like a pretty good policy," Mattiuz said, adding Dowie did a good job on the document.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg Borough Chief of Police Bryan Parana commented on the recent investigation of a clandestine laboratory and arrest during Monday afternoon's borough council meeting.
Justin Greene, 26, of 137 Terra Cotta Rd., was arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine and operating a methamphetamine laboratory. The arrest stems from an investigation on June 18 where police responded to the residence for unusual items found at that residence. According to reports, upon further investigation ruminates of a clandestine lab were discovered.
In addition to books, patrons of the St. Marys Public Library have a wealth of resources from which to choose whenever they visit.
The library has many other appealing items that may be checked out free of charge. These items include DVDs, audio books, music CDs, and magazines, and educational kits in the children's department.Â
St. Marys Public Library Director Scarlette Corbin said the facility recently began offering eBook and audio book downloads as well.
A beautification project to take place in downtown St. Marys was announced at a recent meeting of St. Marys City Council, with council members voting to approve a request to apply for an $8,600 grant through the Elk County Community Foundation to fund the project.
The city will apply for the grant on behalf of the newly formed St. Marys Heritage Preservation Group, which will be leading the project.
With the upcoming annual evaluation of City Manager Dave Greene in September, St. Marys City Council members at Monday's meeting voted to change the manager's evaluation policy by eliminating language which stated it must be used solely for determining the manager's salary.
Council member Bob Roberts said this is a result of the evaluation having never been used for its intended purpose of determining the amount of compensation the city manager receives, adding that the manager's rate of compensation has traditionally been the same as that paid to other non-union employees.
The Fox Township Supervisors expressed their disagreement with PennDOT's latest rule requiring municipalities apply for the Highway Occupancy Permits and accept responsibility for the maintenance of all requests to enclose surface stormwater facilities.
Roadmaster and supervisor Randy Gradizzi said this does not include driveway pipes along state roads.
The Fox Township Supervisors reviewed three bids for the township building's HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) system during their Wednesday evening meeting.