Reload: Week of March 9, 2009

Welcome to this week’s edition of the GantDaily Weekly Reload!

This week we brought you news regarding buying American, reports from Curwensville Borough Council and the county’s recreation and tourism authority.

We also brought you a big story from the Clearfield County Emergency Management Agency and news from Clearfield Borough Council.

For those stories and more keep reading the GantDaily Weekly Reload.

Clearfield County EMA Awarded Grant Totaling $820,000 to Help Emergency Responders, Residents

CLEARFIELD – Citizens and emergency responders in Clearfield County received good news on Friday in the form of a grant totaling $820,000. A press conference was held Friday morning to announce the grant, with emergency management agency, county and state officials on hand.

The money will be used to purchase and upgrade emergency responder equipment.

“This is a great day for Clearfield County and emergency responders throughout the county,” said Clearfield County Commissioner Chairman Joan Robinson-McMillen.

For that story click here.

Clearfield Borough Council Applies for Grants in Effort to Spur Revitalization 

CLEARFIELD – Clearfield Borough Council took steps at their special meeting Thursday night to help with downtown revitalization.

Council approved applying for grants on behalf of Bob Yoder and Impact PA for the projects along the Susquehanna River.

The first grant is for HOME program funds in the amount of $500,000. That money will be used for four units in the multi-purpose building planned on the west side of the Susquehanna River where the Tool Shed currently stands and will provide housing assistance for those who meet the requirements.

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Accused Drug Dealer Facing More Charges 

PHILIPSBURG – A man accused of trafficking drugs in the Philipsburg area is facing a new set of charges.

According to the state police in Hollidaysburg Leonard “Sonny” Croyle Jr. has recently been charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of heroin, possession of marijuana, possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

For that story click here.

Clearfield County Announces New CYFS Director

CLEARFIELD – On Tuesday the Clearfield County Commissioners announced the appointment of a new Children, Youth and Family Services coordinator.

Jason Hamilton was named to the position, effective March 9. According to a press release from the commissioners Hamilton has over 12 years of experience working in child welfare agencies in Pennsylvania counties. He has served in the position of caseworker, assistant director and as the director of CYS in two counties. It was noted that through those experiences he gained extensive knowledge of the laws, regulations and fiscal responsibilities necessary to properly manage a county-level children and youth services agency.

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Clearfield Borough Agrees on Contract with Fair Board

CLEARFIELD – Clearfield Borough Council has agreed upon an agreement with the Clearfield Volunteer Fire Department Fair and Park Board.

Council agreed on a 25 year contract with the fair board. The current agreement was set to expire at the end of 2009.

According to F. Cortez “Chip” Bell III, borough solicitor, the borough owes that amount to the fair board due to a loan for $210,000 from the fair board to the borough for a land purchase in 1988. As part of the prior agreement, the borough was not required to pay the fair board back until the expiration of the old lease.

This new agreement will reduce the amount of money the borough owes the board by $5,000 each year, ending with a balance of around $349,000.

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County Commissioners Support Buying American

CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield County Commissioners took a step on Tuesday to support buying American goods and services when and where possible with the passing of a resolution.

At last week’s commissioners’ work session Charles Lombardo and Ralph Lippert asked the commissioners to buy American on behalf of the United Steelworkers. Lippert presented the commissioners with a resolution that would commit stimulus money for the purchase of American made items where and when possible.

Lippert said it was there belief that the purchase of services and materials that are American-made are the best way to stimulate the economy.

“This is something we already do in the county but would be happy to enter into this resolution,” said Commissioner Chairperson Joan Robinson-McMillen.

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One Month Later: Curwensville Borough Opposes Landfill Traffic

CURWENSVILLE – One month after failing to take action in opposition of a proposed landfill’s traffic, Curwensville Borough Council took action on Monday night.

At last month’s meeting council heard a presentation by Clearfield County Commissioner Chairperson Joan Robinson-McMillen about the proposed landfill in Chest Township.

When the motion was made at that meeting to oppose the landfill traffic through the borough it died due to a lack of a second. The motion was made by Council member Sam Ettaro, who also noted at that meeting that someone going to Curwensville Lake would not know the difference between a waste truck or an ethanol plant truck.

For that story click here.

Crime Stoppers Offering Cash Reward for Information Leading to Alleged Gun Thief’s Apprehension

CLEARFIELD – State police in Clearfield are searching for a woman accused of stealing several firearms in Bradford Township and are asking for your help.

The suspect is 29-year-old Rebecca Mae Martin of Clearfield. She is described as being 5 feet, 2 inches tall, 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

According to the report all of the firearms have been recovered and charges have been filed against Martin. The report states that Martin has failed to appear.

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Curwensville Borough Council Hears Audit Report on Recently Discovered Bank Account

CURWENSVILLE – One month after learning about a previously unknown bank account Curwensville Borough Council received an audit report on that account.

After hearing about the recently discovered $150,000 council decided to audit the minutes of meetings from Oct. 2007 to present to check on a transaction that had occurred.

It was revealed at that meeting that the $150,000 to be the remainder of the $200,000 tax anticipation note the borough took out in late 2007/early 2008 and paid off in August/September 2008.

The account, council learned, was opened on Feb. 2, 2008.

Council President Mark Curulla read the audit report from Walter Hopkins & Associates aloud during Monday’s council meeting.

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Curwensville Borough Council Holds Off Truck Purchase, Agrees to Shop Around

CURWENSVILLE – Plans for a new truck for Curwensville Borough’s work crew were postponed on Monday night.

Council had received a quote on the truck from Allegheny Ford Truck Salse through the piggyback program. The quote listed the truck price, with additions such as plow and spreader, at $68,139.

Council members Holly Komonczi and Fred Sopic noted that they had reservations about the purchase.

Allen Stephens, street department lead man, said he has been having problems with the trucks this year.

“We gotta do something here pretty fast,” said Stephens.

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DuBois City Parks Could See More Police Presence

DUBOIS – Police could return to DuBois parks soon.

With the weather improving City of DuBois Mayor John “Herm” Suplizio asked Police Chief Steve Davis having an officer in the park between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

There has been some vandalism, notably a few signs being torn down in the park. The park also sees a large flood of students from the DuBois Area Middle School after school ends.

“Eighty percent are good kids, but you have some, you know,” said Suplizio.

City council member Gary Gilbert asked Davis why it takes the police so long to respond to certain calls.

For that story click here.

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