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MT. JEWETT â 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.
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.Â
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.
As a Kane volunteer rang a handbell to draw attention to the site, an incoming store customer paused at a familiar Salvation Army âRed Kettleâ hanging from a tripod.
âWhy should I make a donation? They closed our Salvation Army Thrift Store in Kane,â the customer told the volunteer.
This is a common remark heard by volunteers, who are stationed Friday, Saturday and Sunday at âRed Kettleâ locations during Christmas-time at the Tops and Save-A-Lot supermarkets in Kane.
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 âpointâ area of the park at Chestnut, Fraley and Birch streets.
Cecchetti said she picked blue lights to give the park a âcold, icy look,â especially when there is snow to reflect a glow.
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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.
Kane soon will have a borough manager for the first time in nearly five years.
Donald E. Payne of 6 Conklin Dr., Wetmore Township, is scheduled to begin work Tuesday.
The Kane Borough Council is expected to introduce Payne at its meeting Monday at 4 p.m. at the borough building. The meeting is open to the public.
Payne has agreed to work as borough manager for an annual salary of $40,000. Half the salary is paid by the borough; the other half is paid by the Kane Borough Sewer Authority.
He will be Kane's first borough manager since Patrick Nuzzo, who retired early in 2010.
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An upgrade in security is coming at Kane High School.
Acting at its meeting Thursday, the school board voted 9-0 to award a contract for high school security improvements to Keyless and Camera of Kane.
The company, operated by Mike Cardamone and Lowell Watts, submitted the lone bid of $54,453 for the project.
The project includes:
*Four sets of emergency locking security doors.
*Access control for two exterior doors.
SMETHPORT â McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn said Thursday that more felony charges will be filed against a Kane man who is accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl.
Joseph Allen Snyder, 41, of 323 Moffit Ave., Kane, now is charged with two felonies-- indecent assault and corruption of minors.
Learn said Thursday that "additional charges" would be filed against Snyder. He said the charges would be felonies.
Snyder is confined to the McKean County Jail near Smethport in lieu of $200,000 cash bail set by Kane District Court Judge Dave Engman.