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January 6th, 2011
The Fox Township Supervisors briefly addressed the possibility of amending the township's zoning ordinance to address windmills and gas drilling wells.
They discussed holding a work session to obtain public input on the issue.
Supervisor Randy Gradizzi said that many of the entities involved must come before the board to obtain a conditional use permit. It is at that time that the township can establish specific property setbacks.
"We need to get rolling on this. It's needed," Gradizzi said.
The second and final public hearing for the solicitation of public comments concerning projects funded through the money the city receives from its 2011 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application was held earlier this week, though no one other than mayor Sally Geyer posed any questions to Tina Gradizzi, Community and Economic Development Coordinator.
Elk Regional Health Center remains on target in regard to mortality and re-admission rates, according to a recently released report issued by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4). The report examines hospital outcomes for the previous calendar year.
The Elk County Commissioners announced during Tuesday morning's meeting that they will be placing a 20-gallon soup kettle up for donation.
â€śIt is not the conventional kettle,â€ť said commissioner Dan Freeburg. â€śIt's a free-standing unit with a gas burner beneath it; it's a self-heating unit like you would see in an industrial kitchen and it had a value of over $2,000 when it was new and it actually has not been used at all, maybe one time.â€ť
The soup kettle has been stored in the Elk County Prison for a number of years and was at one time put up for bid.
State Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Elk/Clearfield, was sworn in for his second term representing the 75th Legislative District in the state House at a ceremony held at the Capitol Tuesday.
Gabler, who was re-elected by a significant majority in the November election, said he will continue to focus on fiscal accountability and smart government spending as legislative priorities during his sophomore term.
"What I think is that there's an opportunity to use the money we have more efficiently," Gabler said. "It's got to be a question of priorities."
For state Rep. Matt Gabler, the past two years have been educational, interesting, and sometimes frustrating.
During his first term representing the 75th Legislative District in the state House, the 27-year-old Republican said he learned a great deal about representing the people who elected him.
"When an individual citizen speaks, you just represent yourself. When a legislator speaks, he has to do a lot more research because he represents so many people. I think that's what makes this job so fascinating," Gabler said.
The Elk County Commissioners announced during yesterday morning's meeting that they had recently attended a meeting with state Sen. Joseph Scarnati, state Rep. Matt Gabler, and the new Speaker of the House, state Rep. Sam Smith, at Scarnati's office in Brockway.
The Jay Township Supervisors voted to eliminate the township's roadmaster position during their reorganizational meeting on Monday evening. The position was previously held by supervisor Murray Lilley.
Neither of Lilley's fellow supervisors, Francis Gustafson or Jeremy Rippey, made any motion to reappoint Lilley or name another individual to the position. Rippey later made a motion to eliminate the position altogether, which was seconded by Gustafson. Lilley opposed the motion.
Fox Township Supervisor Dave Mattiuz introduced a resolution to create a draft finance and budget ordinance which will establish specific budget guidelines when allocating money from the Landfill Host Fee Fund.
The board approved Mattiuz's motion.
"I think this discussion is necessary," said Supervisor Chairman Mike Keller. "I thought it was a good idea 12 years ago. We should make sure the numbers are right before we are locked into anything. This is exactly where we ought to go."
During their first work session of the year on Monday evening, members of the St. Marys City Council filled vacancies on a number of the city's boards, authorities and commissions.
The Benzinger Township Golf Authority had one five-year vacancy which was filled by John H. Dippold.
The Benzinger Township Hospital Authority had one five-year vacancy which was filled by Dr. Charles Haskell.
The Parking Authority had three five-year vacancies which were filled by Robert Makufka, Warren Stewart and Jack Gabler.