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June 30th, 2014
St. Marys Rec Board members Ken Wolfe, on far left, Sharon Brem, shown second from right, and Aaron Straub, on far right, along with St. Marys Mayor Bob Howard, shown center, accept a grant check from Paula Fritz Eddy, shown third from left, Elk County Community Foundation executive director. Also pictured are Tina Gradizzi St. Marys Community and Economic Development Coordinator, second from left.
In undertaking a multi-park renovation project, the St. Marys Recreation Board has secured numerous grants from various charitable trust organizations.
"We're really happy to have the three local foundations involved in this project," Tina Gradizzi, St. Marys Community and Economic Development Coordinator said. "They all have been very supportive."
Repairs to the St. Marys Community Pool and an update on the Rails to Trail project encompassed a portion of City Manager Dave Greene's regular activity report presented at a recent City Council meeting.
Greene met with Ken Wolfe from the St. Marys Recreation Board to review previous proposals and a feasibility study on Memorial Park's St. Marys Community Pool. He stated he has not reviewed the information since 2008.
The initial proposal put repairs at a cost of $4-$8 million. This included repairs to the bathhouse and completely demolishing and rebuilding the entire complex.
Sign-ups are currently underway for this year's Inner Park Day at Memorial Park. The free event for children between the ages of 5-14 is scheduled for July 9 and will feature activities such as a pie eating contest, obstacle course, and hockey shoot. Participants must register by July 1 in order to receive a free Inner Park Day T-shirt; however, registration will continue until the morning of the event.
As part of a recent St. Marys City Council meeting, the following subdivision and sewer applications were approved.
After a lengthy and rigorous search the St. Marys Area School District board of directors approved the appointment of Dr. G. Brian Toth of Tyrone as the new superintendent.
During a special board meeting held Friday evening current SMAHS Principal Joshua Williams was unanimously approved as the assistant superintendent, a newly-created position unanimously approved by the board with a salary of $110,000.
During their special meeting Friday evening the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors named Karen Cataldo of East Berlin as the new South St. Marys Street Elementary School assistant principal.
Cataldo will begin her duties on Aug. 22 as she assists new SSMSE Principal Chrissy Kuhar, former principal at Bennetts Valley and Fox Township Elementary schools.
The newly created position carries a salary of $60,000.
With the potential of a Marcellus Shale drilling well site in St. Marys' future, City Council members explored an active Elk County well site owned by Seneca Resources, Corp. on Thursday evening.
As part of the tour city officials took in live drilling rig operations, active pipeline construction and viewed a reclaimed well site from five years ago.
Plans are moving along for Seneca Resources' $10 million seismic testing plan in St. Marys with well plans yet to be determined.
RIDGWAY â€“ After over five hours of jury deliberation Thursday, Judge Richard Masson declared a mistrial in the trial of Brandon Michael Weidow.
Masson told the court that the jury foreperson had met with him in the presence of council and stated that the jury was unable to render a verdict on any or all of the charges, nor was there any expectation that they would reach a verdict. Weidow declined to comment.
A few members of St. Marys City Council toured a Seneca Resources Marcellus Shale well site on Thursday evening. The Clermont Pad D well site, also known as Ensign 125, is located in Jones Township, Elk County and encompasses close to seven acres. In addition to observing live drilling rig operations the councilmen also viewed active pipeline construction.