April 20th, 2011
Elk County's planning department recently received a grant totaling $138,000 from the state Department of Community and Economic Development [DCED] for home accessibility modifications.
Earlier this week, members of city council gave their unanimous approval to Ordinance 265 regarding refinancing the city's 2006 bond issue. Tom Lynch, the city's bond counsel, was present at the meeting and explained that General Obligation Bonds in the amount of $4,870,000 will be issued for a funding program to re-fund a series of General Obligation Notes already held by the city.
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 the elimination of one elementary school librarian position, effective at the end of the 2010-2011 school year.
Members of city council voted on Monday evening to table Resolution 11-8 regarding extending the boundaries of the city's Redevelopment District.
Redevelopment Authority (RDA) member Warren Stewart attended the meeting and addressed council members about the proposed changes to the district.
"We actually wanted the [Redevelopment District to encompass] the Commercial District," Stewart said of the group's original plan.
A ribbon-cutting was recently held for St. Marys' newest business, E-Z Rolling, which offers a variety of custom-blend, chemical-free cigarettes at lower prices than commercial brands.
The new store opened on April 4 and is located at 45 Erie Ave., site of the former Kriegisch Martial Arts studio.
Elk County officials discussed the local government's advanced knowledge of Marcellus Shale development and unveiled detailed maps Tuesday morning to better educate the taxpayers.
According to Jim Abbey, director of the county's information technology/geospatial information systems [IT/GIS] department, officials have recently undertaken the task of plotting all well site activity within the county.
"The county website right now has a map with all the permitted well sites within the county," Abbey said. "These maps are now being made at the municipal level now."
St. Marys Mayor Sally Geyer signed a proclamation on Monday evening honoring the Penn-Elk Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, which will be celebrating the 90th anniversary of its chartering.
As she read the proclamation, Geyer stated that the Penn-Elk Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution was organized on April 17, 1920 and chartered on April 17, 1921.
John Max Pennington, 42, of 139 Julia St., Johnsonburg, died Monday night, April 18, 2011 at Hamot Medical Center in Erie following a brief illness.
He was born Jan. 20, 1969 in Ridgway, son of MaryAnn Pavlock Pennington and James E. Pennington, who survive.
He resided in Johnsonburg all his life and graduated from Johnsonburg High School, Class of 1990. He was a member of Holy Rosary Church and Central Hose Co. He was also an Eagle Scout. He loved hunting and fishing and had a special way with people and loved animals. He was employed by ELCAM in St. Marys for the past 21 years.
Robert J. Yonker, 53, of 231 High Ave., Ridgway, died Saturday, April 16, 2011, at UPMC-Hamot Medical Center in Erie following a brief illness.
He was born August 12, 1957, in Ridgway, son of Darrell H. and Lois M. (Kelley) Yonker, who survive.
He had resided in Ridgway all of his life and was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church. He was an Eagle Scout with Troop 93, earned a black belt in karate, was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and loved his music. He was a 1975 graduate of Ridgway High School. He had been employed by Elk County General Hospital, Keystone Carbon and Carbone of America.
Tom Farley is not in violation of the Home Rule Charter and is eligible to run for another term on St. Marys City Council since, if elected, there will be a two-year gap between when he last served and when he rejoins the board. This opinion was presented to members of council in the form of a letter from Attorney Tom Wagner on Monday evening.