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December 9th

Mt. Jewett council sets new standards for police

December 10, 2014

MT. JEWETT – In an emotional spiel, Mt. Jewett Borough Council President Chuck Paar described the operation of a mythical donut company to drive home his point about council's issues with Police Chief Steve Hale.
The analogy was directed at Hale for allegedly setting his own criteria for operating the police department and sometimes providing more "donuts" than ordered.
After the Paar oration, the borough council voted 7-0 Monday to adopt new guidelines for police coverage.

County declines to back expansion of state forest

December 10, 2014

SMETHPORT – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) is seeking support for its plan to add 17,488 contiguous acres to the Elk State Forest near Clermont in Sergeant Township.
But McKean County Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane aren't buying this one.
They agreed Tuesday to decline to back the plan.
“At this point, I’m not going to endorse the project,” DeMott said following a presentation of the plan at a meeting of the commissioners at the courthouse in Smethport.

Work is underway on Mt. Jewett sewage pump station

December 10, 2014

MT. JEWETT –Work is underway on a project to upgrade the East End Sewage Pump Station in Mt. Jewett.
The pump station, located in a small building off Route 6 east of the Mt. Jewett Veterans Memorial Club, pushes sewage from 95 customers to the treatment lagoons on Kushequa Avenue.
"The East End Pump Station project is moving along," Sewage Treatment Plant Operator Rod Peterson said in his report Tuesday to the Mt. Jewett Regional Sewer Authority. "The new electric panel has been installed; the rails for the hoist have been installed as well as a new door and window."

December 8th

Planning board tables action on McDonald's for Kane

December 9, 2014

SMETHPORT – The proposed erection of "Golden Arches" in Kane has been delayed.
The McKean County Planning Commission agreed Monday to table action on the proposed construction of a McDonald's Restaurant on North Fraley Street in Kane.
Jeremy Morey, county planning director, said the proposal submitted to the board for consideration is "missing a lot of stuff."

Mt. Jewett 'mural building' will be demolished this week

December 9, 2014

MT. JEWETT – The former Odd Fellows historic building-- the one with the huge colorful mural-- soon will be demolished in Mt. Jewett..
"We're losing that mural," Mayor Melissa McGuire said Monday. "It's a sad situation."
Speaking at a meeting of the Mt. Jewett Borough Council, she said the dilapidated building will be demolished by "the end of the week."
Bricks from the building have been falling for some time. Due to debris, the sidewalk on the north side of East Main Street near Center Street has been closed off with orange snow fencing.

Kane council adopts budget with 1/2-mill tax hike

December 9, 2014

The Kane Borough Council agreed Monday to adopt a 2015 budget that carries a half-mill increase in the property tax rate.
The budget carries a tax rate of 9.875 mills or about $9.88 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. 
According to Councilwoman Janet Bard, the proposed tax increase would add $10 to the property tax bill for properties assessed at $20,000. Owners of properties assessed at $50,000 would see a tax increase of $50, she said.
Bard is chairman of the Finance Committee, which proposed the tentative budget last month.

December 7th

Most of ‘Red Kettle’ donations remain in Kane

December 7, 2014

As a Kane volunteer rang a handbell to draw attention to the site, an incoming store customer paused at a familiar Salvation Army “Red Kettle” hanging from a tripod.
“Why should I make a donation? They closed our Salvation Army Thrift Store in Kane,” the customer told the volunteer.
This is a common remark heard by volunteers, who are stationed Friday, Saturday and Sunday at “Red Kettle” locations during Christmas-time at the Tops and Save-A-Lot supermarkets in Kane.

Evergreen Park in Kane is a Christmas wonderland

December 7, 2014

Kim Cecchetti had a dream.
She wanted to decorate Evergreen Park in Kane with simple tree lights to create the scene of an old-fashioned Christmas.
Just look at the park after dark.
Her dream has come true.
More than 5,000 blue lights have been strung on trees and the Gazebo at the park. More than 2,300 of the lights decorate the memorial “point” area of the park at Chestnut, Fraley and Birch streets.
Cecchetti said she picked blue lights to give the park a “cold, icy look,” especially when there is snow to reflect a glow.

VIDEO: Steelers Beat Bengals 42-21, Make AFC North a Wide-open Race

December 7, 2014

VIDEO: Steelers Beat Bengals 42-21, Make AFC North a Wide-open Race

December 5th

Assessor opposes proposed deal for Arlington Hotel

December 6, 2014

The chief assessor for McKean County is against what she calls a "wheeling and dealing" plan to acquire the Arlington Hotel at 15 Fraley St. in Kane.
Angelia Tennies, chief county assessor, said Friday that she would advise the county Board of Commissioners to deny a request to waive unpaid property taxes as a condition for the sale of the Arlington.
The Arlington-- a landmark bar and restaurant in Kane-- has been closed for several months. Owner Darrel Goodman reportedly no longer resides in Kane.

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