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April 16th, 2015
The St. Marys Public Library is now offering an Adopt an Author program to allow patrons to assist with the purchase of books by popular authors. The program allows a person to 'adopt' an author by agreeing to pay for the purchase of all the books written by that author during the calendar year. In exchange, the patron is able to be the first to borrow each book once it becomes available at the library.
A zoning application was unanimously approved for a new Taco Bell restaurant to be located at 911 South St. Marys St., along the Million Dollar Highway.
The St. Marys Zoning Hearing Board granted developers a special exemption dimensional variance on rear and side setbacks.
David Neill of the EADS Group, an engineering, architecture and design company based out of Clarion, represented Charter Foods North, LLC at the hearing, the parent company of Taco Bell.
The former Pizza Hut building will be demolished to make way for a newly constructed 2,029 sq. ft. Taco Bell restaurant.
JAY TWP. â€“ At a special meeting Wednesday afternoon, the Jay Township Sewer Authority voted unanimously to hire Heenan Deemer as a part time maintenance helper.
Deemer is to be paid $10 per hour and is expected to work approximately 20 hours per week, beginning on a 90-day trial basis.
Several residents expressed concerns about drug testing and a physical evaluation for insurance purposes and asked if that would be discussed at the next regular meeting.
KANE â€“ All charges against a Wetmore Township man in an alleged "bath salts" drug deal have been bound over to McKean County Court.
Kane District Judge Dave Engman sent the case to county court following a 100-minute preliminary hearing Wednesday in the local court on Fraley Street.
James Patrick Perry, 51, of 484 West Wind Rd. is charged with five counts, including:
*Two felonies for the manufacture, delivery or possession of a controlled substance-- a "designer drug" known as "bath salts."
*Possession of a controlled substance ("bath salts").
The St. Marys Area School District approved a wide range of items during their Monday evening meeting. Among them were contracts for a company to produce a commercial about the district, for replacement of an elementary school roof, for faster internet and phone services and an increase in cafeteria prices.
A contract between e-LocalLink and SMASD was approved in support of a local initiative to promote Elk County by featuring local schools and businesses.
St. Marys Rotary Club members and the community are anxiously awaiting the placement of the city's new Victorian-themed clock standing at least 16 feet tall along the Boulevard.
The project, totaling at least $50,000 in project value, will reach fruition Saturday, April 25 with a clock dedication ceremony at 1 p.m.
St. Marys Area High School junior Devin Anderson was acknowledged by the SMASD board of directors as having been chosen the Pennsylvania American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year.
Superintendent Brian Toth presented the 17-year-old with a presidential pin of excellence for his achievement.
JAY TWP. â€“ Eric Johnston stepped down as a township employee, announcing at Tuesday night's water authority meeting that this would be his last week working for the township.
"I would like to thank the previous board members who gave me an opportunity to work here," Johnston said, adding that he had more to say but that board member Jeremy Rippey wasn't present.
Immediately following the meeting, Johnston shared his comments on the absent member.
The St. Marys Area School District board of directors unanimously approved the district's 2015-2016 preliminary budget with no tax increase to area residents.
It will be on display in the SMASD business office, located at the high school, for the next 30 days. It may also be viewed on the district's website at www.smasd.org.
The budget will receive final approval in June. The district's total operating budget is just over $26 million.
According to SMASD Superintendent Brian Toth, the budget remains a "working budget" between now and June in which the board may choose to change it.
JAY TWP. â€“ An air tanker dispatched by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources made several passes dumping water on a brush fire Monday afternoon near 3077 River Rd. in Jay Township.
A spokesperson for DCNR said the fire was mostly contained as of 5 p.m. Monday and that the cause is still under investigation.