March 18th, 2015
JOHNSONBURG â€“ A new sewage treatment plant built in 2010 may be joined by a new water plant built sometime in the coming years.
Discussion was held at Tuesday's Johnsonburg Municipal Authority meeting about the new plant and its impact on the area.
Engineer Travis Long answered questions about the future new water plant which will be constructed mainly because of a DEP consent order and increasing public health and safety standards. The approximate cost of the plant is $14 million with as much as 75 percent being able to be acquired through grant money, according to Authority officials.
The Ridgway Township supervisors continued to progress through the township's curative amendment process on Tuesday night as the supervisors reviewed the most recent changes to its proposed zoning ordinance.
Township supervisors Millie Bowers and John Gardner spoke Wednesday about the meeting, which lasted three hours and included discussions between the supervisors, township residents and various members of the gas industry.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The good news for Johnsonburg residents is the authority rescinded last month's sewer rate hike.
The bad news is an even bigger increase in rates is coming.
After rescinding a $5 sewer rate hike approved at last month's meeting, the Johnsonburg Municipal Authority approved an $11 per month rate hike during Tuesday night's monthly meeting at the Johnsonburg Borough office.
Authority member Eric Poague voted no on both motions to rescind the $5 rate hike and to approve the $11 rate hike.
ST. MARYS â€“ A massive 110-ton electrical transformer slowly made its way across St. Marys and into Fox Township Tuesday afternoon, at times causing significant traffic delays.
ST. MARYS â€“ After Tuesday's preliminary hearing, Chelsea Ann Micale, 27, of 122 Houston Rd., was held for court on all charges related to the sale and distribution of alpha-PVP, the drug commonly known as bath salts.
Magisterial District Judge Mark S. Jacob ruled that the Commonwealth had met their burden of proof to establish that there was sufficient evidence to hold all charges for county court.
Elected officials are continuing to bat for rural Pennsylvania as officials declare their support for House Bill 3344, legislation that would increase the state's in-lieu-of-taxes (PILT) payments on forestry and game lands from $3.60 per acre to $6 per acre.
Elk County has pledged their support and on Tuesday unveiled a detailed map illustrating the amount of tax exempt land within the county.
"Itâ€™s a real eye-opener," said Elk County Commissioner Jan Kemmer.
Members of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau have a list of key legislative issues they hope to see addressed this year according to Ernie Mattiuz, government relations director for the Elk County Farm Bureau.
Mattiuz was on hand Tuesday morning during a county Board of Commissioners meeting to update county officials on topics ranging from state pension reform to Clean Water Act issues at the national level.
Ridgway Borough Council honored an area gymnast and approved the removal of parking meters from Main Street during their monthly meeting Monday night at the Ridgway Borough Building.
Hailey Hoffman was presented an award for her recent gymnastics season by the council. Hoffman was the 2014-2015 Silver Division all-around and uneven bars state champion. She was the runner-up on balance beam and floor exercise. Hoffman was the district champion in all-around and uneven bars and a district runner-up on floor exercise.
ST. MARYS â€“Â Three men from Sharon and one St. Marys woman have been charged for their alleged involvement in a reported burglary that occurred Oct. 14, 2014.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, David Eugene Brock Jr., 22, Eli Troy Porter, 18, and James Walter Clark, 18, dropped off Kelsey Rena Cavalline, 20, at 396 Ash St., St. Marys, where she said her grandparents resided.
Elk County should have three new auditors for 2016.
Incumbents Elizabeth Mader, Karen Gies and Jerry Goetz are not seeking re-election in the May 19 primary election.
Democrat Siobhan Voss will be on the ballot in May along with Republican Beth Bagley.