Archive - 2011 - News Article
The Kane Borough Council last week endorsed a tentative 2012 budget that carries a property tax increase of 1.5 mills.
At least three council members now are supporting a tax increase of at least 4 mills.
Speaking at a budget workshop Monday, Councilwoman Janet Bard said she would "recommend" a tax increase of 5 mills-- nearly a 40 percent increase in borough taxes.
Councilmen Jim Salvamoser and Dennis Drost both supported a 4-mill tax increase-- and the elimination of one full-time officer in the Kane Police Department.
WARREN â€“ A service to honor Cold War veterans was held Saturday, Nov. 19 at the St. Joseph Church in Warren.
State Representative Kathy Rapp presented a ceremony as well as a luncheon, certificates and medals to honor the veterans. The Cold War was from Sept. 2, 1945 through Dec. 26,1991.Â
MT. JEWETT â€“Â If the number of bears processed over the weekend at the bear check station located at the Mt. Jewett Fire Hall in McKean County is any indication, hunters are meeting with quite a bit of success in their quest to bag a bruin this year.
Foul play is not suspected in the death of a 25-year-old Kane woman whose body was found Thursday afternoon behind a garage on Commons Alley in the borough.
"We don't suspect foul play," Kane Borough Police Chief Brian Hillard said Friday in commenting on the death of Natasha Mattis of Pine Avenue.
According to the police chief, the cause of death will be determined at an autopsy in Erie. He said Dr. Eric Vey, the Erie County forensic pathologist, is expected to conduct the autopsy Monday.
SMETHPORT â€“ The McKean County Board of Commissioners is considering a request for a public meeting on issues linked with the drilling of Marcellus Shale natural gas wells.
Bill Belitskus, a Hamlin Township resident who said he is concerned with health and safety issues involving Shale wells, appealed Tuesday to the commissioners to schedule the meeting.
He said a meeting is needed because there is â€śa breakdown in communicationsâ€ť between the public and Shale developers such as Shell and Seneca Resources.
Property taxes will rise in 2012 in Kane under a tentative budget adopted Monday by the Kane Borough Council.
The proposed budget calls for a rate increase of 1.5 mills that will boost the overall property tax in Kane to $9.375 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The overall rate this year is 7.875 mills.
The increase means that the owner of property assessed at $50,000 would see their borough tax bill climb by about $75 from $394 to $469.
HAZEL HURST â€“ A proposed residual waste tank holding facility in Hamlin Township is facing opposition from residents who are concerned with pollution and traffic issues.
Dr. Jan Hendryx and his wife, Christine, expressed their concerns Monday at a meeting of the Hamlin Township Board of Supervisors in Hazel Hurst.
"We're concerned about our health," Dr. Hendryx told the supervisors. "Air pollution is huge."
Dr. Hendryx is associated with the Erie Medical Associates and is a faculty member at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The Kane VFW Post 1132 held its annual Veterans Day Dinner Saturday, Nov. 12.
After social hour members and guests sat down to a fine dinner put on by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Commander Don Chittester opened the service with a prayer. He was followed by Adjutant Bert Geibel who gave an overview of the services that our local VFW does offer to the community.
The annual Veterans' Day Program was held Sunday morning at Kane's First United Methodist Church.
Organizer Colleen Lundeen, along with Associate Pastor Jay Tennies and Eagle Scout Candidate Jon Luke Gelsick helped the event become one of the biggest yet. This year's program honored all U.S. Veterans, but especially focused on those who served during World War II.
The Kane School Board acted Thursday to approve a new contract for wood chips for the wood-burning unit that heats Kane High School.
New Growth Resources, Inc. of Wetmore Township submitted the lone bid of $55 per ton for the chips.
Board President Ken Kane joined with board members Dick Coleman, Mark Paup, Larry Lamping, Harry Steele, Stephanie Eckstrom, Dave Westerburg and Gary Ziegler in approving the bid. Board member Ed Kocjancic abstained from voting to avoid a conflict of interest. His brother, Mike, owns New Growth Resources.