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February 19th, 2015
JAY TWP. â€“ Provoking outrage from a large crowd in attendance, the Jay Township Board of Supervisors terminated township road crew employee Dave Liptak at Thursday night's monthly meeting.
"After the executive session, it's looking like we're going to terminate," supervisor Victor Catalone said before asking for a motion that was approved unanimously by the board.
RIDGWAY â€“Â The Elk County Solid Waste Authority continues to make progress towards opening a new recycling center in St. Marys as the organization has received a $200,000 commitment from the Stackpole-Hall Foundation.
The authority has set a goal of $2 million for the project, and currently, the authority has raised $300,000, which consists of a $200,000 commitment from the Stackpole-Hall Foundation and a $100,000 commitment from the Elk County Solid Waste Authority.
The Bluewater Thermal Solutions facility in St. Marys on Wednesday was the recipient of a Best Overall Performance award from its parent company.
The St. Marys facility was one of four winning facilities from Bluewater Thermal Solutions' network of 12 facilities within the United States and Canada.
The St. Marys facility was selected as the winner of the Best Overall Performance award at Bluewater Thermal Solutions, being selected as the winner from a pool of 12 facilities owned by Bluewater.
RIDGWAY â€“ Though every crime has an offense gravity score based on the severity of the crime, the major influence in sentencing is often the defendant's prior record score, said District Attorney Shawn T. McMahon.
"The court doesn't necessarily need to follow the guidelines," McMahon said. "Part of what goes through my mind is community safety. That thought is always on my mind. I've got to balance efficiency with effectiveness."
In a recent ranking of the best places for small business in the northeast, St. Marys was listed as fourth citing the city's array of businesses from breweries and restaurants to tech companies and a theatre.
The ranking was recently published online by Talent Tribune, a data-driven HR blog.
It was noted that St. Marys experienced a 3 percent net small business growth with 68 percent of city businesses employing 20 people or fewer.
RIDGWAY â€“ North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission officials in early November 2014 were approached regarding the possibility of revitalizing nearly 20 miles of railroad between Curwensville and DuBois.
The project would connect RJ Corman's railroads to the Buffalo & Pittsburgh railroad and has been lauded as significant economic development that could open up the region to additional markets.
Elk County commissioners are onboard with the project, authorizing the exploration of organizing a regional rail authority.
The St. Marys Area United Way has officially closed their 2014-2015 campaign and to date has reached approximately 90 percent of their goal. The United Way agencies touch lives every day from children to seniors and since 1925 the United Way has supported multiple local organizations. This yearâ€™s goal is within reach with approximately $18,000 still being needed to be raised to reach the $180,000 goal.
During Monday evening's St. Marys City Council meeting Councilman Lou Radkowski briefly addressed comments made against St. Marys by a neighboring township's officials.
"I find those kind of comments to be unproductive," Radkowski said. "The fact that somebody may have some feelings of envy with one municipality or another, I think there is no place for them right now in today's world."
While he did not specifically identify the origins of the comments, Radkowski was likely referring to comments made during a Thursday, Feb. 5 Ridgway Borough Council meeting.
A fire broke out early Monday morning in sub-zero temperatures at a West Creek Road farmhouse, leaving two elderly St. Marys brothers homeless.
Crystal Fire Department Chief Bill Kraus said there are no suspicious circumstances regarding the fire's origins at 361 West Creek Road as three fire departments responded to the blaze with a fourth on standby in St. Marys.
St. Marys City Council unanimously voted to table discussion about the sale of St. Marys Airport Industrial Park property until their March workshop.
GM Equipment submitted an offer to purchase a 36.6 acre parcel for $160,000 which the city had appraised at $162,000 by Anderson and Kime Appraisal Services.
Council must decide whether to negotiate the price or to accept or reject the offer on the property.
The land in question is designated as open space and was not originally part of the airport industrial park property.