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August 17th, 2012
HAZEL HURST â€“ The Hamlin Board of Supervisors is planning to convert the surface of two badly deteriorated blacktop roads back to dirt.
Acting a meeting earlier this week, Supervisors Don Compton, Guy Raught and Joni Britton accepted a bid for $42,845.50 for the project for Marvindale and Kasson roads.
The lone bid came from Glenn O. Hawbaker construction of Turtlepoint.
On Aug. 9, law enforcement officers executing a search warrant descended on the 76 Long Level home belonging to Francis Anthony Milliard, 54, of Ridgway, combing the property for physical evidence that would bolster ongoing investigations and possibly lead to new cases against Milliard, who is currently incarcerated and charged with two area arsons as well as attempted homicide.
Milliard is charged along with his son, Anthony Karl Milliard, 28, of Ridgway, in arsons committed at 115 First Ave. in Johnsonburg on Dec. 4, 2008 and one at 521 West Main St. in Ridgway on May 30, 2012.
Five projects are planned at Evergreen Park in Kane.
The borough council plans to use federal community-development block grant (CDBG) funds to pay for the projects with a total cost of about $44,474.
The proposed projects include:
*Repairs for the main pavilion at an estimated cost of $21,004.84.
*Repairs to the Park Avenue pavilion and the installation of ramps for handicapped persons in wheelchairs. The estimated cost is $7,688.84.
*A drainage project to stop road erosion and flooding of the basketball, volleyball and tennis courts. The cost is pegged at $6,073.
The Emporium Borough Police Department reported that as a part of their investigation into the attempted abduction of an Emporium woman on Wednesday, Aug. 8, near the intersection of South Broad Street and Third Street,Â they, along with the Emporium and Kane based State Police, Cameron and Elk County Emergency Management agencies set up two separate search area (Wittimore and Norwich) operations in an attempt to locate Thomas Edward Smith, age 58.Â Smith is wanted in connection with the attempted abduction and should be considered armed and dangerous.
The future of around-the-clock coverage by the Kane Borough Police Department may be in jeopardy.
For the past eight months, vocal â€śconcerned citizensâ€ť have called on the Kane Borough Council to tighten its belt and cut spending to reduce property taxes.
â€śOur main objection is to get the borough to save money,â€ť Mick Petruney of 321 Kearney St. has said. He is a leader of the informal group of â€śconcerned citizens.â€ť
When classes begin in Kane later this month, students will be able to bring certain electronic devices to school.
The policy change allows students to come to school with their personal laptop computer, "netbook" or E-reader.
However, none of the devices may have accessibility to the internet. The devices will not be allowed to connect to the school district's wireless network.
HAZEL HURST â€“ Long-awaited funding finally has been approved for the proposed Lantz Corners Sewer District.
According to information outlined Monday at a meeting of the Hamlin Township Board of Supervisors, the funding could lead to construction next spring.
The Pennsylvania Infrastructure and Investment Authority (PennVest) has awarded a grant of $2,383,827 for the project. PennVest also has agreed to a handle a 30-year-old loan of $2,424,173 with a low interest rate of just 1 percent.
LUDLOW â€“ Two memorial flagpolesâ€”stolen earlier this month from the Gibbs Hill Cemetery near Ludlowâ€”were recovered Monday morning.
The flagpoles were found among tall vegetation in a wooded area just across the road from the cemetery.
High weeds on an embankment along the road obscured vision of the site where the toppled flagpoles were located.
John Eckstrom, a laborer with the Hamilton Township road crew, spotted the shaft of one of the flagpoles Monday morning. He and Township Roadmaster â€śDutchâ€ť Davidson were working on a project near the cemetery entrance.
There are a lot unhappy youths in Kane today.
The Kane Borough Council declared Monday that the skate/bike ramps at Glenwood Park are still closed.
"No trespassing" signs remain posted at the wooden structure even though most of the ramps have been repaired-- by the users themselves with volunteer adult assistance.
Speaking at a nearly three-hour meeting, Council President Howard Kane said "all of the repairs aren't done yet."
Until the work is completed and inspected, the ramped-facility is considered "uninsurable," it was pointed out.
The removal of one of the worst eyesores in Kane may be on the horizon.
The McKean County Housing and Redevelopment Authority may take ownership and raze the deteriorating fire-damaged Knights of Columbus (K of C) building on Chase Street near Bayard Street.
The authority may erect apartments on the site.
Part of the proposal also calls for the borough to give the authority the adjacent site that once housed Papa Nick's Restaurant. The borough demolished the restaurant, which also was heavily damaged in the same fire several years ago.