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July 15th, 2012

Hamlin supervisors to reduce weight limit on bridge

July 15, 2012

HAZEL HURST – The weight limit on the Kasson Road bridge in Hamlin Township will be lowered from 26 tons to 22 tons.
Township Supervisors Don Compton, Guy Raught and Joni Britton discussed the lower weight limit at their board meeting last week. 
In a letter to the supervisors, Derek Miller said the bridge “is not posted according to the most recent load rating analysis.”

July 13th

Work is under way on new water line in Kane

July 13, 2012

Work is under way on the installation of a new eight-inch water main on Hemlock Avenue in Kane.
The Pennsylvania American Water Company, which provides water service to Kane, is replacing a four-inch cast-iron water main that was originally installed in 1899.
Mealy Excavating and Construction of Tionesta is the contractor for the project.
Due to the work, traffic flow on Hemlock Avenue is restricted to one-lane. “Flaggers” are posted at both ends of the construction zone to control traffic.

July 12th

Fate of rail corridor trail rests with local residents

July 12, 2012

LANTZ CORNERS – Local residents need to step to the plate and coordinate efforts to develop a trail over the corridor for the defunct Knox and Kane Railroad.
Without a local organization enthusiastically behind the proposal, the "Rails To Trails" concept won't happen.
This is the message delivered Wednesday by state and county officials during a presentation at the Barrel House Restaurant at Lantz Corners.
The Mt. Jewett Rotary Club hosted the forum.

July 11th

Seneca's work on roads pleases Highland board

July 11, 2012

JAMES CITY – The Highland Township Board of Supervisors appears pleased so far with work by Seneca Resources to upgrade township roads.
Speaking at a board meeting Wednesday, Supervisor Charlie Vaughn said Seneca has "double tar-and-chipped" Pig's Ear Road from the Shriner's Club to Four Corners.
"We have a high-speed road," Vaughn said in describing the improvements to the dirt road off Routes 66/948.
Vaughn, who also serves as the township roadmaster, said Seneca also has installed blacktop on sections of the road in Sackett.

July 10th

Youths still ride at deteriorating skate/bike park

July 10, 2012

There still is daily activity at the skate/bike park in Kane despite deteriorated conditions that are expected to remain indefinitely.
The Kane Borough Council at this time has no plans-- and no money-- to again repair the facility built in 2004.
Speaking at a meeting last week, Council President Howard Kane said a fundraising drive would be the only way to come up with money to fix the popular recreational site.
The borough in 2004 used $31,818 from a federal community development block grant (CDBG) to buy materials for the skate/bike facility at Glenwood Park on Hacker Street.

July 9th

Hamlin Twp. supervisors discuss several road issues

July 9, 2012

HAZEL HURST -- Road issues dominated the discussion Monday at the monthly meeting of the Hamlin Township Board of Supervisors.
The talk included several heated verbal exchanges between the supervisors and among the residents at the forum.
Here are some of the issues:
*John Verolini and Ron Keim of Kushequa said they oppose a request by John Moffett of Kushequa remove his road from township jurisdiction.
In a letter, Verolini said his property abuts a portion of the township road that Moffett wants the township to "vacate."

Owner of timber objects to ‘Clean and Green’ rates

July 9, 2012

SMETHPORT – A Smethport man is asking the McKean County Board of Commissioners to rescind a resolution setting 2013 “assessment rates” for properties enrolled in the state-authorized “Clean and Green” tax-relief program.
Speaking Monday at a commissioners’ meeting, Jim Herzog said the resolution adopted two weeks ago “probably is not appropriate.”
“I’d like to see you rescind it,” Herzog told Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane.

July 4th

Boy injured in ATV-vehicle accident on Route 321

July 4, 2012

A 14-year-old boy was injured Tuesday evening when the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) he was operating collided with a westbound vehicle on Route 321 at Apollo Drive in East Kane, Wetmore Township.
A medical helicopter transported the boy to a hospital in Buffalo, N.Y. The extent of his injuries were unknown Tuesday evening.
The four persons in the vehicle did not sustain major injuries, according to Kane Fire Chief Tim Holt. The vehicle flipped onto its side and the ATV and boy were trapped beneath the wreckage, sources said.

Removal of ‘street’ trees in Kane draws criticism

July 4, 2012

A professional forester is critical of the removal of  “street” trees in the borough of Kane.
Tom Kase, who is a member of the Kane Shade Commission, leveled his criticism Monday in a report presented to the Kane Borough Council.
“To continue down the path of cutting our ‘street’ trees without replacing them is an ugly choice aesthetically and a terrible choice economically and environmentally,” Kase told council.
He said “this idea of eliminating ‘street’ trees in Kane is terrible,” he said.

July 2nd

Kane council awards contract for paving work

July 2, 2012

The Kane Borough Council voted 6-0 Monday to award a street-paving contract to IA Construction of Franklin.
The company submitted the low bid of $99,163.41.
Other bidders included Glenn O. Hawbaker of Turtlepoint, $108,071; and Jefferson Paving of Brookville, $121,238.48.
Council President Howard Kane joined with Councilwoman Janet Bard and Councilmen John Gentilman, Harold Hallberg, Dennis Drost and Bill Tunall to approve the low bid.
Councilwoman Holly Harris did not attend the meeting, which this month was moved from the second Monday to the first Monday at the borough building.

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