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Portage Boro building still not compliant with sewer ordinance Vol. 114 No. 32

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By Ron Portash

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The Portage Borough Council met Aug. 6 for their regular monthly meeting. At the meeting, public comment centered around the number of sump pumps installed in buildings affected by the recently completed sanitary sewer system in the borough. One point of dis-

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cussion, brought up by borough manager Bob Koban, was that the borough building itself is not in compliance with the final ordinance deadline of July 17. The borough has no intention to comply with their own ordinance until a stormwater line can be installed in the alley behind the borough building and connect to the stormwater line at Caldwell Avenue. No

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timeline has been discussed concerning the start of this project. Several commercial buildings on the same side of Main Street have completed the new required sewer connection and have roof drains and sump pumps directing water flow into the alley. This, however, has created an ice build-up problem in the alley during the past sev-

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eral winters. The borough's plan is to construct the stormwater line to collect the sump pump and roof runoff water from those buildings and, eventually, from the borough building. Although the project was primarily focused in the Third Ward of the borough, from Caldwell Avenue to Johnson Avenue and from Main Street down into the township, build-

ings on the upper side of Main Street, including the borough building, were also required to connect. The original deadline to connect was Nov. 15, 2017, which was one year from completion of the new sanitary sewer line project in the borough and township. The deadline was extended to May 15

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held concerning the authority's participation in the PERMA (Public Employer Risk Management Association) insurance pool. PERMA covers municipal employees under the general workers’ compensation statute, provides unlimited employer's liability coverage and is a non-profit insurance provider run by municipal officials. In insurance matters like this, authority payments go into a pool and collect interest and are balanced by annual payback when coverage does not reach anticipated levels. The longer an authority participates in an insurance pool such as this the higher annual interest paybacks can become. The discussion

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Adams Twp. No. 2 (St. Michael) Volunteer Fire Company marches in the Cambria County and Vicinity Fireman's Convention parade Saturday, Aug. 4, in Gallitzin. Photo by Andrew Smithmyer.

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The Aug. 2 meeting of the Portage Municipal Authority opened with a nearly two hour executive session. Solicitor William Barbin said it was for personnel matters. Three employees of the water authority were included in the executive session. No direct comments were made when the authority adjourned and opened their regular meeting to the public. The authority insurance coverage was up for renewal. There were two quotes to provide insurance coverage that included liability, property, workman's comp and other required policies carried by the authority. A lengthy discussion was

SEE COMPLIANT, PAGE 3A

SEE INSURANCE, PAGE 4A

Portage Twp. supervisors approve Tri-Township Water Authority By Ron Portash

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The Portage Township Supervisors meeting Aug. 1 had an old item as part of new business to discuss and approve.

The Tri-Township Water Authority was incorporated in 1958 to operate in portions of Portage, Summerhill and Croyle townships. The authority members are appointed to terms by each municipality. Currently, the Tri-Township

Water Authority services 245 structures and an estimated 1,227 people in its service area. The authority purchased its water from other water authorities and has a designed capacity of 76,000 gallons a day. When the authority was

director Trooper Scott Urban. Urban has been part of the program since it started seven years ago, with this year’s program hosting 52 cadets. He said that the program has graduated roughly 350 campers since it started. The camp is completely free for those who are interested. Urban said the camp starts to fundraise two weeks after the program is completed. Cadets are given a hat and shirt for the week, and receive pins for accomplishments. Campers must fill out an application for the program, and each applicant goes through an interview process. Urban said that applicants are asked a series of questions to see if the program is for them. He said 119 students applied to the camp, but for security purposes, the camp can only accept 52 cadets. The interview process

isn’t only for the camp, Urban said it will help them in the future. “Everything from day one of us starting the process is helping them build,” Urban said. The program coordinators enjoy staying in touch with alums of the camp. Urban said they attend basketball and football games or any other events past campers are involved in. He said that they will help former cadets with applications for college and other future endeavors. Urban said there’s about 38 or 39 camps throughout the state, but not every county hosts a camp. If a nearby county doesn’t offer the camp, if the interested camper lives near Cambria County, they will accept their application. Throughout the week, various

Mount Aloysius College hosts annual State Police Camp Cadet

By Andrew Smithmyer of Mainline Newspapers

From future law enforcement officers to possible military members and those just looking for a summer challenge, teenagers between ages 12 and 15 gathered at Mount Aloysius College July 29 to begin a week of hard work, learning and structure for the 2018 Camp Cadet held by the Pennsylvania State Police. “The cadets learned about becoming a leader, being able to think and assess things under stressful situations,” said camp

SEE CADET, PAGE 4A

incorporated Dec. 30, 1958, the participating three townships approved a 50 year participation agreement for the authority. Somehow, the re-approval of the term of the municipal participation was not renewed in 2008 as needed, though the

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authority has operated and passed state requirements without problems. Although a formality, the township approved re-authorization of municipal participation in the authority. SEE TOWNSHIP, PAGE 13A

Samantha Moyer (left) and Rebecca Pawvluk enjoy a lunch time break during band camp at Portage Area High School Aug. 3. Photo by Ron Portash.

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