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Mayor, council office space debated

April 22, 2014

A new office space in City Hall for use by the mayor and City Council members spurred a lively discussion between a few members of council.
Following Mayor Bob Howard's activity report, he stated "the mayor and council have established an office" at City Hall which includes an extension in the city's phone system and voicemail.
Councilman Ned Jacob stated council had no part in this project.

Ordinance to limit transient business hours

April 22, 2014

As part of a proposed city ordinance for transient retail businesses, door-to-door salespeople may now only conduct their business from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The updated ordinance limits their hours of operation, which was previously allowed until 9 p.m.
Sundays and legal holidays are also off limits for door-to-door salespeople.
The ordinance, which was unanimously approved by council for publication, will be advertised at their next regular meeting in May.

Natural gas reps address seismic testing

April 21, 2014

Representatives from Seneca Resources answered questions posed by St. Marys City Council on Monday evening in regard to future seismic testing taking place in the Taft Road area.
Mike Brock, a Taft Road resident, approached council during their last work session about concerns he and his neighbors have had with letters they've received from Blueline Geo about the testing. Brock requested council look into the matter and per his request council reached out to Seneca.

Police to be reimbursed for overpayments

April 21, 2014

Local police officers who were serving 16 years ago may soon be receiving a check for reimbursement of overpayments they made to their pension plans.
St. Marys City Council unanimously approved a request for reimbursement during their Monday evening meeting.
The $35,582 overpayment was only recently discovered, however with 6 percent annual interest over 16 years, the amount totals $45,600.
During the consolidation of the borough and township into the City of St. Marys, both police departments had their own distinct pension plans, the terms of which were not the same between them.

Street sweeping continues in area

April 21, 2014

Every year in the spring, the City Street Department sweeps all the paved roads maintained by the city as well as 10 PennDOT roads. The roads are broken up into seven areas, generally completing one area a week, weather and equipment permitting. As time and weather permits, some streets are swept a second time. Throughout the summer, the main streets downtown are swept every other week. Generally the sweeping programs concludes the first week of October.

Bunny Hop continues to raise brain aneurysm awareness

April 20, 2014

In the spring of 2011, Taylor Frank, her sister Carly, and siblings Rachael, Michael, and Daniel Paladino were planning a 5K run/walk in honor of their mothers, both of whom had recently succumbed to brain aneurysms. They wanted to hold the event the Saturday before Easter and, according to Taylor Frank, that original plan had it beginning and ending at her home.
"We thought only our friends and family would come," she said.
However, as word spread, more and more people began to register for the event.

Venue change works well for Easter egg hunt

April 20, 2014

The Boys and Girls Club of St. Marys held their annual Easter egg hunt for area youngsters on Saturday morning, and this year's event featured a venue change that brought it closer to the club itself.

From mom to marathoner; Quesenberry vows to return to Boston

April 18, 2014

On Monday at 11 a.m., Molly Quesenberry, 42, of St. Marys will take to the starting line of the Boston Marathon fulfilling a vow she made to return to the race.
"I feel like it's about going out there and supporting Boston, the victims, other runners and doing it for that reason and not really for myself. If you stay away and don't go back then you're giving in and that's what the people who did it want," Quesenberry said.
One year ago Quesenberry and her family experienced the terror of the bombings that killed three and injured nearly 260 spectators.

ECCSS receives Palumbo grant

April 18, 2014

Recently, Elk County Catholic School System was the recipient of a grant in the amount of $150,000 from the A.J. and Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust. The funds will benefit two aspects of the school system; $100,000 has been designated for the funding of all advanced placement and dual enrollment courses at the high school level while the remaining $50,000 will be set aside for scholarship funding and tuition assistance.

Voting underway for fireworks venue

April 17, 2014

The site of the 2014 St. Marys Independence Day Celebration is in the hands of local residents.
As part of a new initiative votes are being tallied online and through donations at various businesses to determine the location of the event at either the St. Marys Municipal Airport or The Highlands, formerly the St. Marys Country Club.
"We don't feel it's a decision the Chamber should make because the fireworks belong to the people. They are funded by the people and area businesses therefore they are the ones who should decide," said Ashley O'Dell, Chamber outreach coordinator.

New work hours, overtime policy approved

April 17, 2014

FOX TWP. – Recently the Fox Township Supervisors approved employee work hours and changes to the overtime policy as a cost-saving measure for the township.
The policy, which was introduced by Supervisor Dave Mattiuz at the board's March meeting, was approved in a 2-1 vote with Randy Gradizzi casting an opposing vote while Mike Keller and Mattiuz voted for the new policy.

Jay Twp. supports Highland's injection well ordinance

April 17, 2014

JAY TWP. – The Jay Township Board of Supervisors approved sending a letter of support to Highland Twp. supporting Highland's decision to ban injection wells within their municipality.
The letter, which was provided by Elk County C.A.R.E.S. (Citizens Advocating Responsible Environmental Stewardship) reads:

Dam project completion date pushed back to 2019

April 16, 2014

JONES TWP. – The completion date to the extensive East Branch Dam repair project has been pushed back to 2019, two years later than originally anticipated. The $280 million project entails constructing a full-length, full-depth concrete cutoff wall through the dam to reduce risk and restore the dam to normal operation.
On Wednesday morning representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District reported the delay during an East Branch Dam Safety Project Stakeholders meeting.

Ambulance Service subscription campaign underway

April 16, 2014

The St. Marys Area Ambulance Service is currently holding their annual subscription campaign, which takes place every April, and funds generated by the event are used to provide upfront operating capital for the purchase of vehicles and equipment as well as to fund training for staff members.

Price cut on Ridgway Armory building

April 16, 2014

The minimum bid price for the Ridgway Armory has been reduced by 20 percent after the state Department of General Services posted the site in September 2013.
The minimum bid is now $88,000; it was previously $110,000.
The property was first put up for bid with a historical covenant requiring the preservation of the building's exterior; this requirement has since been wiped out.

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