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The Elk County Commissioners passed the $28 million county budget yesterday morning during a short board meeting.
"Our budget has been on display for the past 20 days for the citizens of Elk County to go over our plan," said Elk County Commissioner Ronald T. Beimel.
The spending plan totals $28,199,038.26. The budget includes the $5 per capita tax and the hotel tax, which is not received by the county.
St. Marys resident Elizabeth Friedl recently called city council's attention to the need for better signage on Bavarian Hills Road in St. Marys, particularly in the area of what Friedl described as a "blind turn" at the top of a hill.
Friedl noted that she had spoken to city manager Dave Greene about the issue several years ago, but the problem has never been corrected.
"You have no warning at all that it is a blind spot," Friedl said.
She added that she was particularly concerned about individuals not familiar with the area having problems navigating the roadway.
During Monday night's Conservation District meeting, Elk County Watershed Specialist Kim Bonfardine announced a new monitoring project in the works to keep an eye on the Marcellus Shale drilling.
â€śMy next project that I have on the list is called the Elk County Monitoring Project (ECMP),â€ť Bonfardine said. â€śI'm trying to set up a monitoring project for whenever these wells are going to be drilled.â€ť
According to Bonfardine, the drilling can be kept track of with data loggers that will be put in the streams.
The need for volunteers has become even more imperative for the Elk-Cameron Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross, according to Bob Newell, executive director of the Elk-Cameron Counties Chapter.
"Volunteerism is dying. People don't volunteer like they used to. We will be relying more on volunteers to fulfill the mission of the Red Cross," Newell said.
Elk County Conservation District chairman Les Haas announced his resignation during last night's meeting.
The new chairman for the Elk Conservation District will be appointed at this morning's Elk County Commissioner's meeting at 10 a.m.
"I have learned that the commissioners can appoint someone to fill my position, so that will take place tomorrow [Tuesday] at the County Commissioner's meeting," said chairman Les Haas.
For more on this story, see the Dec. 28 edition of The Daily Press.
St. Marys resident Elizabeth Friedl recently addressed members of city council about a number of concerns involving city issues, including what responsibility the city has to subscribers of the Zito Media television service.
Mark Jacob, city solicitor, explained to Friedl that the city has a franchise agreement with Zito Media for the television service.
"Basically [Zito Media] pays the city for use of the lines within the right-of-ways of the city," Jacob said.
Donations for the Coaches vs. Cancer program will once again be collected during the annual varsity basketball Elk County Holiday Tournament, which is scheduled to be held this year on Wednesday, Dec. 29 and Thursday, Dec. 30 at St. Marys Area High School. The tournament is held between the varsity girls' and boys' basketball teams from St. Marys Area High School, Elk County Catholic High School, Johnsonburg Area High School and Ridgway Area High School.
Students at St. Marys Catholic Middle School succeeded in raising an amount above their anticipated goal during their unique fundraiser to purchase farm animals for needy families.
During their recent two-week long fundraiser as part of the Heifer International Project, students donated leftover change in cans located throughout the school. They could also contribute by paying $1 to participate in a dress-down day. There were also several donations from the community.
"People were really generous," said Student Council President Madison Stoltz. "We were surprised at the final amount."
Earlier this week, members of city council gave their approval to tentative projects for the city's 2011 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.
Community and Economic Development Coordinator Tina Gradizzi explained to council that two projects presented at the first public hearing earlier this month qualify for the funding. These projects entail administration costs and street and road improvements within the city.
This holiday season the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Christmas ornament features the Elk Country Visitors Center.
"We felt it was appropriate to feature the visitors center, as it has been a huge attraction to our area," said Sally Wilson, Chamber executive director.
As part of the 25th anniversary of the Christmas ornament program, the Chamber is offering two different designs.
The first design is an ivory ornament with a color photo of the visitors center with "Elk Country Visitor Center" written in ivory script.