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March 12th, 2014
The ongoing improvements to the Million Dollar Highway have led to a certain amount of frustration on the part of local residents. Potholes, traffic delays and equipment in residentsâ€™ front yards are a few of the problems that go along with road construction. Several business owners along the highway, however, say that construction hasnâ€™t slowed them down.
Among the latest personnel changes approved by the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors are new hires of school drivers, support personnel, awarding of numerous supplemental contracts, a resignation, leaves of absence and transfer of support personnel.
The board approved an employment agreement between the district and Ginger Williams for the position of Business Manager. Terms of the the contract will run from June 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017.
JAMES CITY â€“ The Highland Township Board of Supervisors is gearing up for a possible court battle to block a proposed injection well for the disposal of drilling waste fluids.
Acting at a meeting Wednesday, Supervisors Jim Wolfe, Paul Burton Sr. and Joe Milstead approved an agreement for representation by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) of Mercersburg.
St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney presented a budget update during the board's recent workshop.
Kearney stated that fiscally the district is in much better shape than many other districts.
St. Marys property tax levy is 32.35 mills, lower than that in Ridgway, Cameron County, DuBois, Bradford and Clearfield. Johnsonburg is the lowest levy of 30.80.
If taxes remain the same the district will collect just over $9.4 million next year in real estate tax.
The 2014 Business Expo is around the corner taking place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Red Fern in St. Marys featuring over 40 vendors.
Businesses representing numerous fields including contractors, energy representatives, educational, home-based businesses, manufacturing, insurance and health care, along with many more.
Once again the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the The River 98.9 in sponsoring the event.
"Last year over 1,500 people attended the Expo and 2014 promises to be even better," said Ashley O'Dell, Chamber outreach coordinator.
RIDGWAY â€“ On Tuesday evening, Ridgway Area School District finance manager Brent Rhoads presented information to the board concerning costs and trends for the school district over the past several years.
The 2014-2015 budget is yet to be completed. However, according to Rhoads, district officials will not wait until the state budget is passed as it could be as late as July by the time figures come through.
"I just wanted to try to show some of the issues we have going on in our budget this year," Rhoads said.
In a 5-3 vote the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors voted to approve the Intermediate Unit Nine's (IU9) budget. Next year SMASD will contribute $162,688 to the IU9 budget which is an increase of $16,731 from the 2014-15 budget. This amount is determined by a formula established by the Pa. Department of Education (PDE).
"We were hoping for possibly a different calculation as to how it's determined that we pay our share because St. Marys consistently pays the lion's share of that budget and we just don't think that's fair," said Bob Luchini, SMASD school board president.
Police and an ambulance crew were on scene at an accident that occurred Monday afternoon at the intersection of South St. Marys Street and Mill Street in the midst of road construction.
A light dusting Saturday night extended a winter season that already featured sub-zero temperatures and significant snowfall throughout the area.
After relatively normal numbers from October to December, the area received roughly 22 inches of snowfall in January, exceeding an average which is reportedly around 19 inches within the past 30 years, according to weatherdb.com.
The St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce is holding their annual dinner, "A Night with the Stars," on Saturday, April 5 at The Highlands (formerly the St. Marys Country Club).
The Chamber has been holding their annual dinners for over 25 years, and according to Ashley O'Dell, St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce Outreach Coordinator, this year's event will feature a red carpet theme with paparazzi taking attendees' photographs as they arrive. There is no dress code for the event though, O'Dell stressed.