Reload: Week of May 12, 2008

It was a busy week for the GantDaily News Team. We brought you coverage of the Livestrong event at Elliott’s Park, issues concerning two potential landfills and and a watershed project in Clearfield Borough.

We also brought you coverage of the Curwensville Borough Council meeting, deliquent hotel taxes and Curwensville Lake.

For these stories and more keep reading this week’s GantDaily Weekly Reload.

Stinky Run Watershed to get Upgrade

CLEARFIELD – The Stinky Run watershed is in the works to get an upgrade in the future.

Joe Capasso of the Department of Environmental Protection presented Clearfield Borough Council with two options regarding flood control projects on Thursday night.

Stinky Run and Orrs Run consisted of the two proposed projects. Capasso indicated that both projects are on DEP’s radar, but that it was up to council to etermine which one will get done first. Capasso said that DEP began planning work on the projects in 2000.

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CCRTA Adjusts Curwensville Lake Budget

CLEARFIELD – Wes Weymers, chairman of the Clearfield County Recreation and Tourism Authority, called the board’s attention to a shortfall in the Curwensville Lake budget at Wednesday’s regular meeting.

Weymers said the shortfall came up at the last meeting of the recreation committee.

“It’s not a bad budget. I think there was a misunderstanding about the number of staff and a lack of adequate numbers from 2007,” he explained.

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Two Potential Landfills Discussed at Clearfield County Commissioners Meeting

CLEARFIELD – Two proposed landfill projects were discussed at the Clearfield County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday morning.

The first landfill discussed was the proposed Harmony Landfill in Chest Township. It was announced that permit applications have been submitted to DEP for the proposed landfill.

Commissioner Joan Robinson-McMillen said the commissioners have 60 days to respond to DEP concerning the application.

“We will look over the application with the same eye we have on Boggs Township,” said Commissioner Mark McCracken.

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CCRTA Favors Curwensville Lake’s No Alcohol Regulation

CLEARFIELD – In order to maintain a family atmosphere and reduce liability, the board members of the Clearfield County Recreation and Tourism Authority voted in favor of the no alcohol regulation, which reinforces the current prohibition of the sale, consumption and sampling of beer and liquor, at the Curwensville Lake Recreation Area.

Wes Weymers, chairman of the CCRTA, said alcohol regulation issues arose at the last recreation committee meeting.

He said Jennifer Sharpless, owner of the Curwensville Dam Inn, had written a letter and inquired about having a beer tent for specified times during the Bikes at the Lake event Aug. 30 to 31.

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Livestrong Event Held at Elliott’s Park

CLEARFIELD – “Our purpose this evening is to raise awareness,” said John Crissman at the Livestrong Day celebration at Elliott’s Park.

One of over 700 similar registered events occurring this year under the Lance Armstrong Foundation, Livestrong Day is a community event to help raise awareness and community action.

“Sadly, 1547 Americans will die from cancer today. Another 1.4 million will be diagnosed this year … but there is good news, there are 12 million survivors,” said Crissman stating improvements in care, and the Armstrong Foundation’s four strategies to reduce the burden of cancer in the United States.

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C-Ville Borough Council Discusses Potential ATV, Dirt Bike Ordinances

CURWENSVILLE – Two potential ordinances aimed at ATV’s and dirt bikes were discussed at the Curwensville Borough Council meeting Monday night.

Council President Mark Curulla said he has been receiving phone calls from people complaining about people using ATV’s and dirt bikes within the borough. He said that in some instances the noise can be heard over the phone while he is taking the complaint.

Under the proposed ordinance, ATV’s would be permitted for plowing snow on sidewalks, driveways and parking lots. The use of dirt bikes would no longer be permitted on residential lots or sidewalks.

“They’re a nuisance,” said Curulla.

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Businesses Delinquent with Hotel Tax on Hot Seat

CLEARFIELD – Hotels that have yet to pay the county’s hotel property tax are on the hot seat.

The Clearfield County Commissioners directed Solicitor Kim Kesner to contact district justices to file for payment from the entities that have yet to pay their hotel taxes.

“We have to follow through with this,” said Commissioner Mark McCracken. At a work session last week McCracken also commented on the subject.

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Sunnyside Issues Top Curwensville Borough Council Meeting

CURWENSVILLE – The Sunnyside ethanol plant project was a main topic at Monday night’s Curwensville Borough Council meeting.

Speaking on behalf of Citizens for a Clean Curwensville, group President Pam Sheeder thanked Aaron Keirn, Mark Curulla and the planning commission for acting in the best interest of Curwensville Borough at last week’s planning commission meeting concerning the Sunnyside project.

Sheeder said her group is not against biofuels or ethanol or jobs for Curwensville, but that they are against a waste coal fired co-generation plant being placed within the confines of Curwensville, more specifically by their schools.

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Curwensville Borough Employee Health Care Costs on the Rise

CURWNESVILLE – It was announced Monday night that Curwensville Borough’s health care plan rose.

By nearly 70 percent.

Curwensville Borough Council anticipated that their health care costs would rise by 20-25 percent.

Council member Dave McNaul said he called the Teamsters. He stated that he and fellow council member Fred Sopic will meet with them at a later date to discuss the issue. He added that the union was shocked over the rising cost.

“We are going to sit down and see what we can do,” said McNaul.

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Proposed DuBois Land Development Plan Falls Through

DUBOIS – Plans to turn the former Rockwell playground into land for as many as five homes, but at least four, for low and medium income families seems to have reached a dead end as DuBois City Council voted against giving their encouragement for the program at the Monday night meeting.

Habitat for Humanity of Clearfield County and Community Action of Central Pennsylvania approached the council for a motion to donate the former playground for housing development, or at least give encouragement if they should continue with the plans. While the council seemed to be in favor of the plan in theory, several problems began to present themselves.

“It would be nice to see some plans,” said City of DuBois mayor, John “Herm” Suplizio in the beginning of the discussion.

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