Archive - News Article
April 11th, 2012
JAMES CITY -- Heavy truck traffic to a Marcellus Shale natural gas well near Owl's Nest is spawning more complaints in Highland Township.
Joe Niklas of Sackett and Ken Painter of Pig's Ear Road both complained Wednesday about the dust stirred up by the truck traffic to the well site.
Speaking at a meeting of the Highland Township Board of Supervisors, Niklas said the road leading to his residence is "still dusty" due to the volume of trucks heading to the well site.
"I can't see out my windows," Niklas said.
There once was a time when the Kane Borough Council conducted its monthly business meetings in relative obscurity.
Few residents, if any, ever attended the public forums.
Thatâ€™s all changed this year.
Councilâ€™s approval of a tax increase earlier this year has spurred the formation of a citizensâ€™ group. This informal group has met several times and has undertaken a â€śfact-finderâ€ť mission to look inside the borough operation.
The group also has encouraged Kane residents to speak up at council meetings. And they have.
Special reserved parking spaces for handicapped residents in Kane will be ending.
The Kane Borough Council voted 5-2 Monday to eliminate all parking spaces in residential areas that have been reserved near the homes of handicapped residents.
Council President Howard Kane joined with Councilwomen Janet Bard and Holly Harris and Councilmen Harold Hallberg and Bill Tunall to end the reserved parking program.
Councilmen John Gentilman and Dennis Drost opposed the move.
Council action came following a report by Hallberg, chairman of the Public Safety Committee.
Several criminal cases have been filed in Kane District Court.
Dave Engman is the presiding judge.
Information on the following cases is from official court documents:
*Randy Hugh McCaslin, 45, of 9 High St., Mt. Jewett, is charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, failure to drive within a single lane, careless driving, operating a vehicle while possessing an open container of alcohol and failure to produce a driverâ€™s license.
A test showed the defendantâ€™s blood alcohol content (BAC) to be .26 percentâ€”more than triple the legal limit.
Plans call for the widening of a section of Detrick Road where it intersects with Route 6 near the Family Drive-In in Wetmore Township.
Shell is acquiring property at the intersection to enlarge the entrance of the road that leads to its Marcellus Shale natural gas well.
Once the intersection is expanded and inspected, the township will become responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the road.
The American Red Cross Blood Drive in Kane earlier this week exceeded the goal.
The Red Cross blood collection team from Buffalo held a six-hour Bloodmobile stop at Bartlett Hall at the First United Methodist Church on Greeves Street.
The goal was 26 full units of blood.
A total of 39 Kane area residents showed up to donate blood. Five persons were deferred for various reasons.
The total of 34 full units of blood collected exceeded the goal by eight units.
Three local residents donated blood for the first time. This group includes Mitz Lindquist, Sheila Swanson and Mary Mohney.
Kaneâ€™s proximity to the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) and other â€śnaturalâ€ť attractions is a key resource in attracting more touristsâ€”and the money they spend.
This is one of the local assets pointed out in a study commissioned by the Pennsylvania Route 6 Alliance, which is based in Galeton.
The study looks at the â€śspecial qualities and attractivenessâ€ť of the â€śsmall, vibrant and picturesque townsâ€ť along the 427-mile Route 6 corridor in Pennsylvania.
Several projects are planned for Wetmore Township in the coming months.
The township Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to seek bids for a paving project and for a new roof for the municipal building on Spring Street in East Kane.
The supervisors also discussed plans for "oil and chip" treatments on about four miles of township roads.
After a lengthy discussion, the supervisors agreed to seek bids for the paving of Grandview Road, Flickerwood Road and Old State Road.
MT. JEWETT â€“ Do Mt. Jewett residents want the borough government to spend about $2,000 a year to have recycling bins returned to the borough?
This is the question posed Monday by the Mt. Jewett Borough Council at its meeting at the borough building.
According to a report from Borough Secretary-Treasurer Barb Harp, Casellaâ€”the current operator of the former county landfill near Hutchinsâ€”is willing to place recycling bins in Mt. Jewett at a fee.
Casella would empty the bins weekly at a cost of $145 per monthâ€”plus a fuel surcharge.
MT. JEWETT -- More police services are coming to Mt. Jewett.
Acting at its meeting Monday, the Mt. Jewett Borough Council voted 4-0 to authorize Police Officer Matt Guthrie to work up to 16 hours for the borough every two weeks.
Guthrie, who is a police officer in Bradford, will assist Mt. Jewett Police Officer Steve Hale.
Council previously agreed to give Hale full-time status as the borough police officer. Hale now is authorized to work up to 40 hours a week. Hale also works on a part-time basis in Kane.