January 20th, 2015
RIDGWAY â€“ St. Marys Mayor Bob Howard on Tuesday morning questioned Elk County Commissioners on the possibility of a county tax decrease due to projected future windfalls from Act 13 impact fee funds.
The impact fee â€śspecifically provides for the imposition of an unconventional well fee by county (or alternatively municipalities compelling the imposition of an unconventional well fee),â€ť according to the Pennsylvania Utility Commission.
The Cobblestone Hotel Group stated the projected opening of the new downtown St. Marys hotel is to take place during the second quarter of 2015, most likely by the end of June.
They noted that weather has slowed down the construction process.
The Cobblestone Hotel and Suites is a three-story hotel consisting of 64 rooms and will be situated on the corner of Fourth and Depot streets.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held in June with the anticipated opening slated for February, however the project has faced delays caused by bidding issues, permitting and weather.
RIDGWAY â€“ County officials announced Tuesday morning that they will not solicit a $5 increase on car registration fees in Elk County.
Vehicle registration fees are already scheduled to increase from $36 to $38 by 2017 in accordance with the most recent state budget. From there, future increases will reportedly be tied to inflation. The state budget plan also allowed for counties to implement a $5 car registration fee.
Lora R. VanSlander, 63, of 1189 E. Eschbach Rd., St. Marys, died Tuesday Jan. 20, 2015 at Penn Highlands DuBois after a lengthy illness.
She was born Dec. 30, 1951 in San Bernardino, Calif., daughter of the late Duane Huff and Betty Reed Huff Conner, who survives, of Caledonia. On Dec. 20, 2002, in St. Marys, she married Thomas A. VanSlander, who survives.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and attended Nogales Schools in California. She was a retired employee of Metco Industries. Lora enjoyed reading, gardening and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch used a strong first half to defeat the Johnsonburg Ramettes by a 44-31 score Monday night in a non-league game played at the SMAHS Dutch Oven on Elementary Night and Pink Game Night.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders earned a 20-point victory, 53-33, over the Kane Lady Wolves on Monday evening at the ECCHS gymnasium to remain undefeated.
The Elk County Catholic Crusaders survived a close game with the Kane Wolves on Monday evening in Kane, holding on for a three-point victory, 54-51. It was a big difference from when the two teams met earlier this month. ECC won that contest 72-25.
St. Marys City Council received input on several items during their Monday evening meeting. Among them were the initial results of the smoke testing of sanitary sewer lines conducted over the summer and an update of the draft of the city's oil and gas ordinance.
St. Marys GIS Coordinator Travis Skrzype reported a total of 668 sources of inflow and infiltration were identified, 399 of which were private sources such as roof drains and yard drains.
The remaining 269 sources are on public property and include catch basins, cleanouts, and other collection system issues.
St. Marys City Police Chief Todd Caltagarone introduced the city's newest police officer, Andrew Nero, during Monday evening's St. Marys City Council meeting.
Nero joined the city police department full-time in Jan. 12.
Born and raised in St. Marys, Nero is a graduate of St. Marys Area High School.
The National Rifle Association announced last week that it is suing Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Lancaster, claiming that these municipalities are in violation of a 1974 state law prohibiting cities from setting gun policies more strict than those enforced at the state government level.
"With regard to municipal gun ordinances in Pennsylvania, the facts are clear," state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) said. "State law has always prohibited individual municipalities from regulating firearms."