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May 18th, 2011
City Zoning Officer Matt Pfeufer addressed members of St. Marys City Council earlier this week to inform them that the St. Marys Planning Commission had revised its draft of a zoning ordinance amendment regarding oil and gas development. Council members gave their approval to the revised draft of the ordinance.
Council members had expressed concern over the previous draft because it had required individuals to have access to a minimum of 10 acres of land in order to pursue oil or gas drilling.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Municipal Authority reached a sales agreement to sell water to Hunt Marcellus, LLC, headquartered in Dallas, Texas.
During Tuesday evening's regular municipal authority meeting, authority members voted unanimously to sell their water at a rate of $8 per 1,000 gallons.
Authority members discussed the issue during executive session.
With all 33 precincts reporting, the three incumbent Elk County commissioners won party nominations Tuesday in the primary election.
June H. Sorg led Democratic voting with 2,549 votes. Fellow Democrat, Commissioner Ronald T. Beimel, followed with 2,146 votes. Lyle Garner was left out of the mix with 940 votes, as was Dave Sallack with 755 votes. There were 271 write-in votes cast.
Incumbent commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg led Republican voting with 1,636 votes. Freeburg will be accompanied on the ballot by Janis E. Kemmer, a second-term jury commissioner, with 1,270 votes.
The city plans to move forward on selling effluent water from its wastewater treatment plant. Members of city council announced during their Monday evening meeting that Second Sun Oil and Gas, LLC recently expressed interest in purchasing water, with the plan to act as a broker and resell the water to EOG Resources, Inc.
City Manager Dave Greene explained that he, along with Public Works Director Mike Mullaney and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Lad Kornacki, recently met with members of the St. Marys Municipal Authority, and the proposal was made at that meeting.
The Fox Township Planning Commission has recently prepared a draft ordinance amending the zoning ordinance to address outdoor woodburners, oil and gas wells and windmills.
Russ Braun of the Fox Twp. Planning Commission was in attendance at the meeting to discuss the changes to the ordinance, which would conform to Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) regulations. In turn, the DEP standards comply with the manufacturers' installation guidelines.
He noted Fox Twp.'s new ordinance is modeled after nearby Sandy Township's.
Residents exiting State Street at its intersection with SR 255 have likely noticed by now that a portion of the retaining wall near Ace Auto Rental, 344 S. St. Marys St., has come loose and is lying on the sidewalk.
According to City Manager Dave Greene, the wall is not city property and instead belongs to Ace Auto Rental.
"It's their wall," Greene said.
Members of city council gave their approval on Monday evening for a representative from the city to attend a judicial sale at 10 a.m. on June 9 and purchase properties, particularly those located along Center Street, if no other bids are made.
City Manager Dave Greene explained that at a judicial sale, properties that are behind in paying their property taxes for multiple years will come up for a judicial sale, which means that all liens will be removed and the properties will be sold to the highest bidder.
The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved several personnel issues at this monthâ€™s regular meeting.
All employment recommendations are provisional for 30 days pending receipt of Act 151 and Act 34 clearance documentation and pre-employment drug testing if applicable.
The board approved to change the substitute pay rate effective with the 2011-12 school year. Days 1-30 will be at $80/day, days 31-60 will be at $85/day and over 60 days will be at $90/day.
Bucktail Lodge 96 and William Hanley Lodge 67 of the Fraternal Order of Police conducted their annual Fallen Officers Memorial Service on Friday afternoon in the auditorium of Elk County Catholic High School. The event is held at a different location each year on or around May 15, which is designated as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and also corresponds with Police Week.
Parishioners, students, teachers, parents and alumni gathered together on Saturday evening in celebration of the 125th anniversary of St. Boniface Catholic School and Parish, located along Main Street in Kersey, Fox Township.
The anniversary celebration began with a Mass at 5 p.m., followed by a dinner held inside the school cafeteria.
St. Boniface School Principal Marie Giazzoni welcomed all in attendance, including the Most Rev. Donald Trautman, bishop of the Erie Diocese.