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May 6th, 2015
The Kane School Board voted 9-0 Wednesday to adopt a tentative 2015-16 budget that carries an increase in property taxes.
The proposal, outlined for the board at a workshop last week, calls for a .39-mill increase in the tax rate for property-owners in the McKean County portion of the school district.
The new rate in the McKean County side of the district would be 16.56 mills. The 2.4 percent increase is the same in the Elk County portion of the school district. However, the tax rate is different in Elk County due to tax calculation methods.
The Kane School Board acted on several personnel issues Wednesday at its monthly meeting at the Kane Middle School auditorium.
The board accepted retirement notices from a school teacher and a school counselor.
Peggy Houser is retiring as a middle school-based art teacher.
Dottie Bence is retiring as a high school guidance counselor.
The board also received notice that Thomas Jashurek is retiring June 4 as a custodian at the elementary school and middle school.
RIDGWAY â€“ Three suspicious packages intercepted by law enforcement at the Elk County Courthouse prompted a large emergency response by local police officers and fire department members.
Elk County Sheriff Theresa Merritt said the "suspicious packages" were delivered to the courthouse in Ridgway and were quickly "removed from the building so everyone was safe in the building and court could operate."
The packages were discovered between 10:45-11 a.m.
ST. MARYS â€“ Brian Jacobs of St. Marys has recently started Jacobs Property Inspection, an independent locally-owned home inspection service provider.
As the former sales manager and residential development division manager for two different residential/commercial construction companies, materials manager for a large mechanical contractor and owner/general manager of Stanton-Jacobs Homes, Jacobs said his 20 years and 200 homes of construction experience should aid him well in his business endeavor.
A major road paving job is planned this summer in Wetmore Township.
Acting at a meeting Tuesday, the township Board of Supervisors voted 3-0 to accept a low bid of $323,705.59 from IA Construction of Franklin for the project.
The work calls for a "full-depth" reclamation and paving on Greendale Road from Route 6 to Dwight's Road, a distance of 1.26 miles.
Supervisors Bill Ryding, Elaine Bodistow and Steve Dyne approved the IA bid package at their meeting at the township building on Spring Street in East Kane.
RIDGWAY â€“ With funding issues far from resolved, the state House on Monday voted 134-59 to increase the monthly fee used to help fund Pennsylvania countiesâ€™ 911 emergency communication centers.
The measure, which still must pass the Senate, calls for an increase to $1.65 a month. Currently, the 25-year-old 911 Public Safety Emergency Telephone Act calls for $1 a month for cellphones, and $1.50 for landlines.
SMETHPORT â€“ A team represented Kane High School at the "Wildâ€ť Envirothon held Tuesday at the Keating Sportsmenâ€™s Club near Smethport. Â
The Kane team includes Connor Crowley, a sophomore; Katie Detsch, a junior; and Nic Grube, a sophomore.
The overall winning team was from Otto-Eldred High School: â€śThe Saber-Tooth Bobcats."
Members include: Kylie Stuck, Quentin Claypool, Heath Stewart, Mariah Hartzell and Hannah Milliron. The team adviser is Fawn Miller.Â
MT. JEWETT â€“ John Hayduk begins work today as the council-picked successor to Mt. Jewett Maintenance Supervisor Rod Peterson.
Hayduk, 50, will take over as borough maintenance chief when Peterson retires in September. Due to vacation, Peterson is expected to leave the job in August.
Hayduk begins duties for the borough at $14 per hour. For now, he will be working eight hours a day for the borough.
At some point in the future, he will split duties between the borough and the Mt. Jewett Regional Sewer Authority.
Do you wish to see a doctor immediately for treatment of a non-emergency ailment such as a cold, sore throat or fever?
Just make a phone call to one of the seven area clinics operated by Kane Community Hospital (KCH).
ST. MARYS â€“ A small plane veered out of control upon startup striking a portion of a building Sunday afternoon at the St. Marys Municipal Airport.
A pilot and his passenger escaped with only minor injuries.
The incident occurred as pilot Preston Hoopes of Ulysses in Potter County was reportedly having difficulty starting his plane. He reported to Alan McPherson, airport manager, that he exited the plane to slightly move the propellor which he said suddenly started although the key in the ignition was turned to the off position as was the master switch.