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Portage Borough’s dilemma with its flood control walls

Vol. 114 No. 44

USPS 439-000

By Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

For a number of years, Portage Borough has sought government funding to repair the flood control walls along Trout Run in the borough. Biannual inspections by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have shown a growing list of structural concerns and deficiencies in these walls. The most recent inspection was scheduled to be completed in the past week. The borough has been repeatedly denied grant applications from the state and from the U.S. Army

Portage, Pa.

Corps of Engineers, who originally proposed, engineered and constructed the flood control walls in 1964. According to the Civil Work Activators of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ 1964 annual report, the flood control walls were needed. The walls were to control the water after the major flood event that occurred May 8, 1960. The problem is that there is little local documentation of any extremely high water in the area since that spring of 1960. On page 1016 of the report, the plan was to construct flood protec-

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tion along Trout Run by “providing deflector walls at bends, bridges and low points on banks, raising banks in low areas and the removal of bars and debris in channel.” These improvements were designed to provide protection against the recurrence of floods slightly higher than the flood of May 8, 1960. The engineering and construction costs were $142,928 and the local costs borne by the borough were $17,283. The current estimated costs to replace or rehabilitate the entire length of the project is in


Nothing better

There is no Halloween treat better than a smile on a child's face. Blayke Kassick smiles at all the costumes and treats at the community trick-or-treat at Maple Winds Care Center Oct. 28. Although Halloween is traditionally observed on Oct. 31, many areas observed the holiday early. The tradition of the holiday date back to ancient Celtic harvest festivals. Today, Halloween is a time for children to dress in costume and solicit candy or other treats door-to-door in neighborhoods where a porch light left on signifies children can get a treat and tricks are not allowed. Photo by Ron Portash.

Commissioners approve mold remediation in Courthouse

Playing the part

Girl Scouts from Mt. Hope Troop 40947 dress as characters from the movie “The Nightmare before Christmas” in the Adams Twp. Lions Club Halloween Parade in St. Michael Oct. 28. Photo by Ron Portash.

By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

An emergency repair for mold remediation in the basement of the Cambria County Courthouse will begin soon after the commissioners accepted a bid at the Oct. 18 meeting, held at the Nanty Glo Food Pantry. The remediation will be done by AdvantaClean from DuBois and Punxsutawney and cost $20,297.39 According to chief clerk Michael Gilles, the county obtained four quotes, even though it was an emergency situation. AdvantaClean was the lowest bidder. “We want to get the work done as fast as possible,” said Gilles. County solicitor Bill Barbin explained that since the county decided it was an emergency, there was no need to receive multiple bids. He said that the bidding requirements change each year, but work quoted below $12,000 means that a contract can be issued with procedures required by law. For bids up to $20,100 the law


Bugging out

Ava (left) and Brinlee Riggleman head out for Trick-or-Treat in Portage Oct. 28. Photo by Ron Portash.

Pirate’s treasure

Pirate Mary Graham gives out candy to trick-or-treaters at Maple Winds Care Center Oct. 28. Photo by Ron Portash.

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