June 20th, 2011
City Solicitor Mark Jacob provided members of city council with an update on the progress that is being made on an ordinance that would limit drilling in certain designated areas of the city. City Manger Dave Greene informed council members that Jacob and councilman Dan Hepner, both of whom are members of a four-person committee designated to conduct research and make suggestions regarding enacting a drilling ordinance in the city, had recently attended a meeting about drilling, and Jacob provided them with a brief overview of what took place at that event.
Members of the St. Marys City Council approved handing the responsibility of selling effluent water from the city's wastewater treatment plant back over to the municipal authority following a brief discussion at their meeting Monday evening.
City Manager Dave Greene explained that he had placed the sale of the water on the meeting agenda because he knew the authority was going to meet regarding the issue; however, he remarked that the authority did not yet have an agreement prepared for council.
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 a 2.5 percent increase for support staff, excluding cafeteria staff, for the 2011-12 school year.
The St. Marys Legion baseball team recorded their seventh victory over the season as they handed the Kane Legion a 12-2 loss in five innings Sunday night at Berwind Park.
St. Marys scored 10 runs in the third and fourth innings to record the win.
The St. Marys squad pounded out 14 hits in the game, led by Anthony Grimoneâ€™s triple and double. Nate Geist had two doubles, while Pat Brennen and Luke Nicklas both had a double and a single. Jordan Weinzierl had three singles, while Nick Burdick doubled. Eric Wehler and Mitchell Meyer each had a single.
Family legacy and family tradition resonate strongly with brothers Dale and Howard Lepovetsky, third-generation owners of Industrial Steel and Pipe Supply Company in St. Marys. The company, which sells various types of steel, plastics, piping and other products for commercial and retail use, is proudly celebrating its 75th year.
"It feels nice. It's still one of the very few small companies that's actually family-owned in the area," Howard said. "We thought it was quite a [mile]stone to celebrate."
Jay Township Supervisor Jeremy Rippey came under fire from a township resident during the supervisors' meeting Thursday evening for voting at a past meeting to approve fellow supervisor Francis Gustafson to a position on the Jay Township Water Authority when a township resident had also submitted a letter of interest in the position. Gustafson had also voted for himself at that time, providing the other necessary vote to allow him to fill the vacancy.
At a Jay Township Supervisors meeting earlier this year, remarks had been made that it was not appropriate for the township's three supervisors to hold a weekly work schedule meeting during the working hours of supervisor Murray Lilley, who also works for the township. The supervisors began holding the meetings after eliminating the township's roadmaster position, which Lilley had previously held. Lilley was then subsequently hired to fill a maintenance position with the township, with the supervisors as a group determining employees' work schedules.
According to Jay Township Supervisor Francis Gustafson, the township loses around $1,500 to $1,600 a year replacing stolen or damaged road signs.
"We just put new ones up on the hill and they're all busted," Gustafson said.
He asked his fellow supervisors Murray Lilley and Jeremy Rippey if they had any suggestions on how to combat the reoccurring problem.
William L. "Triple P" Summerson Sr., 81, of 214 Columbus St., St. Marys, died Friday, June 17, 2011 at the home of his son William Summerson Jr. of Cuneo Road, Kersey, after an illness of the past two months.
He was born Oct. 10, 1929, in Sterling Run, son of the late Fred Leroy and Marie Devling Summerson.
He attended Sterling Run schools and had resided in St. Marys since 1992. He was a former employee of the Mallery Lumber Co. in Emporium and retired from the Bureau of Reclamation and had been last employed by the Keystone Carbon Co.
Otto A. Shippling, 84, of Woodland Avenue, Johnsonburg, died Saturday, June 18, 2011 at UPMC Hamot Medical Center of Erie after a brief illness.
He was born Aug. 9, 1926 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Adolph and Luise (Granitza) Shippling.
On July 2, 1949, he married Louise (Johnson), who survives.
He lived all his life in Johnsonburg and was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School.
He served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater, American Theater and on board the USS Amsterdam during WWII.