Mainline Newspapers Portage Dispatch 1-24-2013
Happily Ever After bridal edition inside today email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.mainline-news.com M A I NLI NE newspapers Vol. 109 No. 4 USPS 439-000 Portage, Pa. (814) 472-4110 Portage Area School Board ponders raising taxes 2.6 percent next year Thursday, January 24, 2013 Since 1904 By Sarah Wolford of Mainline Newspapers Members of the Portage Area School Board began discussing their budget for the 2013-14 school year during their Wednesday, Jan. 9 meeting. District business manager Mike Kunko told the board that the projected budget for next school year looked “positive” and that, although the board could decide to raise taxes if they so choose, he recommended that they not raise taxes above the 2.6 percent inflation index, or 1.23 mills. Kunko explained that currently the dis- Newsstand Price 75¢ 36 Pages trict’s income is over their expenses, adding that they currently had $3.2 million in the bank, with the hope of adding another $1 million. Kunko also said that he believed that the district would have enough to cover increases in pensions coming in the next few years. “What we have should be enough in the next three years to cover what we need to,” he said. After discussing this information, the board voted 9-0 in favor of not raising tax rates above the inflation index of 2.6 percent, or 1.23 mills, for the 2013-14 school year. FH Board hears update on construction SEE BOARD, PAGE 4A New building project now moving into development stage By Sean Wechtenhiser for Mainline Newspapers John Boderocco, on-site coordinator for the middle/high school building project, was in attendance at the Jan. 9 meeting of the Forest Hills School Board to give some updates on the project and other building related matters. Boderocco informed the board that energy and other systems are currently being studied. If green globes are used it could Building snowmen Portage Area Elementary School second-graders Brianna Remick (left), Madison Gribbin, and Cecilia Bracken build snowmen in front of the school during their class’s incentive activity day on Friday, Jan. 18. Photo by Sarah Wolford. Twp. reorganizes for 2013 By Sarah Wolford of Mainline Newspapers The Portage Township supervisors held a meeting on Monday, Jan. 7 in order to reorganize for the year 2013. The supervisors set right to work on making appointments for the various positions in the municipality. After appointing a temporary chairman and temporary secretary, Richard Olshavsky and Ruby Moore, respectively, the supervisors moved on to nominations for the board of supervisors chairman. After naming Olshavsky as chairman, Elwood Selepack was named the board of supervisors vice-chairman for 2013. Next, supervisors appointed Moore as the township secretary for 2013. Rick Olshavsky was appointed to the position of township treasurer. The treasurer’s bond was set at $400,000. Calvin J. Webb will remain the township’s solicitor in 2013. Other reappointments for this year were the EADS Engineering Group as the township’s engi- neering firm, S&T Bank as the township’s select depository, and the Berkhimer Tax Administrators as the township’s Act 511 tax collector. Nancy Sherbine was appointed SEE TOWNSHIP, PAGE 13A save the district an additional 10 percent. He said that an analysis is being done to see if it fits the building project. The board also received an update on the project schedule. In December, Eckles Architecture, the architect for the project, completed a schematic design without refinements. The project is now moving into the development phase, which may be completed by April. The district will then move into the construction doc- ument phase, working toward an Act 34 hearing. Act 34 requires that a public hearing be held about the new construction project. Boderocco told the board that the plan is for final drawings and specifications to be completed so that bidding can take place in October. This would allow for bids to be awarded in late November. The results of the soil testing were also discussed. Boderocco Borough moves forward against nuisances SEE UPDATE, PAGE 9A Council receives resignation from member of water authority board By Sarah Wolford of Mainline Newspapers Portage Borough solicitor Michael Emerick updated the borough council on where they stood on several nuisance properties in the borough, with the municipality making headway on several during the January meeting. Emerick told the council that they had not received a response to their complaint regarding a property on Gillespie Avenue. Emerick said that if they don’t receive an answer they will get a judgment from the court and go from there. He also said he had attempted to contact the property owner’s attorney about having the structure torn down; however, he has not Portage Snowball dance heard anything. Emerick asked council if they would be willing to grant some kind of extension to the property owner if they do hear from him. Borough mayor Bob Fox said he thought the borough should continue to forge ahead and not give any more extra time, to which the council unanimously agreed. Council also discussed the Bookhammer structure on Main Street. Jerry Mosghat, who is taking over the property, has completed the title work and is looking into asbestos at the property before transferring it over. Emerick said that the mortgage and taxes at the property have already been taken care of and that he is waiting for Mosghat’s go ahead to fin- SEE BOROUGH, PAGE 10A Brandon Hill (left), Shiloh Yohn, Cory Maul, Nichole Grodis, Haleigh Ratosky, and Mickey Sloan cut a rug on the dance floor during Portage Area High School’s Snowball dance on Saturday, Jan. 19 in the elementary school gym. Photo by Sarah Wolford.