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Plans underway for proposed Dollar General site

September 12, 2019

Commission raises concerns over sidewalk accessibility

By Kristin Baudoux

of Mainline Newspapers

The developer and engineer for the recently proposed Dollar General met with the Ebensburg Planning Commission Sept. 5 to review the plans and hear recommendations for the project. Last year, a proposed Dollar General Store was planned to be constructed on the former Central Cambria Middle School football field, which would have required a change to Ebensburg Borough’s zoning map from single-household residential to mixed-use village commercial. This proposed change brought numerous residents to several borough council and planning commission meetings, as well as a scheduled town hall meeting, to express their concerns about the zoning change and the construction of the store on the site. The new proposed site is now located across the street behind the former middle school property. The area is zoned mixed-use village commercial and does not fall within the historic overlay zone. Holly LeFever, from PennTex Ventures, and Ryan Pardoe, an engineer from LIVIC Civil, attended the planning commission’s meeting to present the

plans for the store and receive feedback. Pardoe attended the meeting via speakerphone. The proposed 9,100 square foot stand-alone store is to sit on a roughly 1.5 acre lot along North Center Street. The store will have entry access from North Center with a concrete center island, along with 30 parking spaces surrounding the building. The board had asked about an estimated timetable for the project. SEE SITE, PAGE 2

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Lauren Lockard, Emily Charles, Karter Cuppett, Olivia Janosik and Kylah Ott enjoy the activities at the American Legion County Fair Sept. 5. Photo by Ron Portash.




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Pardoe said that they don’t have a solid timeline set for when the store’s construction will be completed. As of now, Pardoe estimates that construction is to begin within four to five months with the total construction time estimated at about four months. One of the main issues brought up by both Pardoe and the commission concerned the construction of sidewalks to the proposed store. Pardoe cited the steep grade of the road, the woods beyond the property and lack of Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) feasibility due to the slope of the lot as reasons to not construct sidewalks to the store. “We would kind of be preliminarily hoping for a waiver for that requirement,� Pardoe said. Borough manager Dan Penatzer said the sidewalks were required for the land development application. “If someone’s walking to your store, they’re along Center Street,� Penatzer said. Pardoe said they don’t anticipate much pedestrian traffic. “Dollar General, in essence, doesn’t anticipate a great deal of

pedestrian traffic,� Pardoe said. Commission president Mike Bradley rebutted Pardoe’s reasoning for avoiding pedestrian accessibility to the store. “The whole justification to the town for the Dollar General coming into the town was so that pedestrians could come to it — especially the assisted living facility [Turner Apartments] across the street,� Bradley said. “You’re going to get ridiculous pushback from the town.� Pardoe mentioned placing some sidewalk along with a staircase down to the store for pedestrian access, however, this suggestion is not handicap accessible. He also mentioned that he wasn’t aware of the assisted living facility across the street. He said they could look into the sidewalk

issue, but remained wary about ADA accessibility. Penatzer said if Pardoe could demonstrate the impossibility of placing a sidewalk in the plans, the borough council could consider a variance. “I’m not sure how important it is to this planning commission, but it is important to council,� Penatzer said. Penatzer also brought up that the borough has been working on several sidewalk projects throughout town and that there’s always sidewalks that are considered ADA infeasible, but are still completed. “It can be possible, but still deemed infeasible for ADA compliance,� Penatzer said. Another issue broached was the store’s appearance. Last year, one

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of the concerns brought up by the borough residents was the store’s facade. Because the store’s proposed location was within the historic overlay, many believed that the store’s facade would negatively impact the character of the neighborhood. At the time, alternative designs were presented to the residents to show that the store could try to fit in with the surrounding architecture. Though the new location is not in the historic overlay, Penatzer and commission member Bruce Hultman asked about the facade. Right now, Pardoe said the proposed facade is that of a typical Dollar General, to which Hultman asked them to reconsider.

“This is a community, and it’s probably one of the nicest communities in this area, and this will be a downgrade to our neighborhood and our community by putting these traditional, cookie-cutters in here,� Hultman said. “We would like to ask you to consider something more aesthetically pleasing to our community.� Hultman said he would like to ask Dollar General to consider a different facade, and LeFever said she can bring up the issue for consideration. The commission members did not vote on the plan at the meeting. The developers plan to attend a meeting in the future with updated plans for review.


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Central Cambria hears athletic complex rehabilitation proposal PAGE 4 - Thursday, September 12, 2019 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Kristin Baudoux

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The Central Cambria School Board of Directors set the first steps in motion to begin major upgrades to the district’s outdoor athletic fields at the board’s Sept. 9 meeting. Randy Seymour, a member of the special projects committee behind the upgrades, began his presentation on the proposal. “Last fall, I came to the board as a citizen, just pointing out something I saw ... Central Cambria’s outdoor athletic facilities, I felt, were subpar compared to other schools,� Seymour said. Seymour approached the board about the issue at that time, and the board gave him permission to set up a committee to develop a long-term plan to upgrade the district’s athletic facilities. Over the last nine months, Seymour and his committee members met with administrators, staff and coaches to develop a needs list to find the most costeffective proposal to meet the needs of both current and future students. According to Seymour, the proposed football field upgrades include an eight-lane track and turf for the field. The new field would also be adjusted to accommodate additional sports including soccer, track and lacrosse, should the school decide to add the sport. Besides field upgrades, new stadium bleachers with a press box would be constructed on the visitors side, which would in turn become the new home-side bleachers. The proposal also details an upgrade to LED lighting, along with separate lighting for the track only. Many of the existing buildings at the stadium would be repurposed as well. The existing restrooms would be converted into one large men’s restroom, and the concession stand would be turned into a large women’s restroom. The existing team room would be converted into a new concession stand with additional storage, and additional locker rooms with showers would be added as well. Beyond the football stadium, the current baseball field would be removed to add a parking lot, complete with handicapped parking. To address the loss of the baseball field, Seymour’s proposal includes remodeling the football practice field into an approximately 182,000 square foot turf multi-purpose field for baseball, softball, soccer and

more, complete with restrooms and a concession area. After Seymour’s overview of the proposed project, he introduced John Pappas, of Eckles Architecture and Engineering to discuss the firm’s role in managing the project. Eckles has previously worked with the district for upgrades at Jackson Elementary and has worked with other local districts including Cambria Heights and Forest Hills. Pappas briefly explained the process for getting the project off the ground, developing cost estimates and a budget, making sure the proper permits and scheduling is taken care of and its role in the project between the district and the contractors. “We would kind of act as the quarterback between both agencies,� Pappas said. After Pappas spoke, he then introduced Ernie Graham, of ELA Sport, to further describe the upgrades to the athletic complexes and show diagrams of the proposed facilities. ELA Sport specializes in athletic facility design along with synthetic turf design. Graham also stressed that converting the separate existing fields into two main sports complexes would be the most cost-efficient route for the district to pursue. “Investing in this type of project gives you guys the greatest return on your investment,� Graham said. As a side note, athletic director Randy Wilson brought up some of the benefits of a turf field. For example, he said that high usage areas, such as the batter’s box and pitcher’s mound, can be replaced separately when the turf wears out and that the whole field would not need replaced. He also mentioned that the pitcher’s mound is removable, and that there is no dirt on the field. “There is no dirt on that field at all. So that means it can pour down raining, and the minute it stops raining, we can play baseball or softball on both of those fields,� Wilson said. Wilson also brought up that the upgrades could contribute to the local economy as well. “I don’t think we can underestimate the amount of opportunity this will bring for local businesses,� Wilson said. He said the upgraded fields could be used to host district playoff games and invitationals, and that Ebensburg’s proximity to Routes

22, 422 and 219 make Central Cambria an ideal location to host competing schools from across the state. These events, he said, would help to increase business at local restaurants, gas stations and hotels. Graham said the process for a project like this takes about a year to complete and that September is an ideal time to begin to get permits and project scope set by December. “It all starts tonight, basically starting with this process,� Graham said. Board president Dennis Simmers commended Seymour and his committee on behalf of the board for their work on the proposal. “It’s uncommon these days to have folks step up in the community and just dig in and make it happen,� Simmers said. Simmers expressed that he is interested in collecting input from the community regarding the scope of the project and encouraged students, parents, taxpayers, faculty and staff, to bring ideas and concerns to their board representatives over the next couple months. Seymour then brought up the expected costs of the project, which right now is projected between $7.5-9.5 million. He said he also has been working with county grant writer John Dubansky about the possibility of obtaining grants for the project. Seymour said Dubansky told him that he feels confident about the district’s chances to receive the grant, due to the district’s central location and surrounding economic development. Simmers also stressed that the status of the district’s education and curriculum assets come before funds projects such as this one, but thanked Seymour and all presenting for their work toward the project. Later in the meeting, the board unanimously passed a motion for the district to contract with Eckles for construction management and architectural and engineering services for the proposed facility upgrades, pending upon the solicitor’s review of the contract, setting the ball in motion for the project to begin.


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Portage Water Authority forced to close properties to ATVs

MAINLINE EXTRA - Thursday, September 12, 2019 - PAGE 5

By Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

Unforeseen circumstances have forced the Portage Municipal Authority to close off all watershed properties to all off-road vehicles. During the last week of August, inspectors and a sanitarian from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) conducted a filter plant performance evaluation at the Benscreek water treatment plant. The state was collecting filtration system data when a heavy rainstorm rolled through the area. The state inspectors and the sanitarian observed a rapid increase in water turbidity in the impoundment area caused by sediment pouring into the shallow impoundment area. The increase in sediment was due to the area being subject to heavy ATV traffic. The ground that would normally be covered with vegetation has been worn down and scattered with ruts caused by ATVs. The rain further eroded the area, and the sediment flowed into the water supply in the shallow reservoir. Normally, the water authority would switch to well water when events like these happen, however, the event was observed by state officials who issued a water safety inspection report to the municipal authority. As a result of this water supply inspection report, combined with a U.S. Department of Homeland Security inspection earlier in the year, the authority members voted

Hunting still permitted on watershed property

to seek an agreement with Pennsylvania Game Commission to enforce prohibition of all ATVs and UTVs on Portage Municipal Authority property at their Nov. 5 meeting. This agreement will not prevent hunting or foot traffic in the watershed areas. One of the key findings of the Department of Homeland Security evaluation was the recommendation of prohibiting off-road vehicles on watershed areas. “We always had a good relationship with people doing ATV runs for charity on watershed property,” explained authority chairman Mark Castel. Solicitor Bill Barbin further explained the issue. “The problem is, you either upset the 30 percent of people who run ATVs on the watershed or 100 percent of the customers when DEP issues a consent order and you are forced to raise rates 20 or 30 percent to install a new filtration

plant,” said Barbin. The authority members are concerned that DEP would seriously consider rejecting the permit for a new filtration plant along Bens Creek because it is classified as Exceptional Value (EV) stream. A stream that is listed as EV has its water protected at the existing quality level, and little or no changes are permitted along the stream. Once the enforcement agreement has been completed, Game Commission officers and waterway commission officers have the authority to enforce all criminal laws under the Pa. Crimes Code and the vehicle code. In recent months across the state, the Game Commission has been focusing on the upswing of ATV and UTV riding where these vehicles are prohibited. Officers who catch violators will potentially be able to fine riders hundreds of dollars for riding where prohibited.

ATV complaints, due to potential problems for wildlife habitat, consistently rank among the top 10 violations Game Commission officers deal with each year, and the Game Commission has been running task forces in each region of the state to combat the problem. In these cases, large numbers of officers in cooperation with local and state police including state police air operations, overwhelm a problem area in an attempt to stop the activity. The authority is required to create a source water protection plan to migrate or prevent the turbidity

issues at the Benscreek reservoir. The authority will look into hyrdoseeding the areas where vegetation was destroyed by ATV traffic. Authority employees said that often over 100 vehicles will pass through the Benscreek water treatment area on a weekend. The issue of handicap access for hunters will be clarified with the Game Commission as part of the protection agreement. The Game Commission also has agreements with Highland Sewer and Water Authority for its watershed and reservoir areas and the rules are strictly enforced.

Author to present at Ebensburg-Cambria Public Library PAGE 6 - Thursday, September 12, 2019 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Kristin Baudoux

of Mainline Newspapers

The Ebensburg-Cambria Public Library will host Altoona native and author Judith Redline Coopey to speak Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at the library. “The library is really excited about having authors speak at the library,� library board member Susan Barber said about the event. Coopey, who currently lives in Arizona, is a historical fiction author who has published six novels, all based in Pennsylvania. Her seventh novel, “Don’t You Cry for Me,� takes place during the Civil War and will be released this month. Huber said Coopey will read selections from the book and discuss its ties to local history. Based on a true story, the novel’s main character, Susannah Lander lives with her maiden aunt in south-central Pennsylvania. Her life changes when a circuit-riding minister, who also happens to be a Confederate soldier, appears at her door. Though she is unsure

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of this man, she rents him a room in her stable. Beset by her doubts, fears and misgivings, Susannah nevertheless elects to follow her heart. Coopey holds degrees from the Pennsylvania State University and Arizona State University. She began writing at age 11, and after retiring from teaching history decided to pursue writing as a full-time career. Along with her novels,

Coopey has edited her father’s novel about World War I and released it in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the United States’ involvement in the conflict. She also has received many awards and honors including selection by two cities as Community Reads and the 2016 One Book Arizona honoree. Her novels have been translated into three languages. According to a press release,





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Coopey “finds her inspiration in the rich history of her native state and in retelling stories of the lives of those who have gone before.� Though Coopey now calls Arizona home, she always goes back to her home state of Pennsylvania to find inspiration for her stories. Coopey’s previous novels include: “Redfield Farm,� “Looking for Jane,� “The

Furnace,� “Brothers� and “Full Circle.� Her novel, “Waterproof,� hits close to home since it is set during the Johnstown Flood of 1889. This event is the first of its kind for the library, and based on how well this event goes, Huber said the library may contact another local author to speak sometime in the spring. She said events like these help to showcase everything the library has to offer. “We want to be more a part of the community and show what the library has,� Huber said. The event is free and is open to the public.


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Carrolltown Borough public comment praises Batdorf PAGE 8 - Thursday, September 12, 2019 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Jack Thompson

of Mainline Newspapers

The Carrolltown Borough Council held its routine meeting Sept. 3. The agenda was limited and primarily routine matters, but the meeting attracted two residents offering public comment. The council also agreed to establish a meeting with the municipal authority to discuss ongoing issues in the borough. The first resident to speak during public comment was Don Paronish. Paronish came to the council earlier this year and voiced concerns about the drain work that would be done near his property. Borough manager Lonnie Batdorf and the borough’s engineers worked with Paronish to handle drainage near his property. Paronish reported that the heavy work was completed and he was pleased with the result. “Lonnie and the borough crew did a fine job there. There was never a time I couldn’t get out of [my driveway], and I talked to the neighbors — they are all happy. I want everyone to know they did a good job. The roads

are a mess, but it’s a good mess. We know they can’t pave them yet but will get to it when they can.� He also said that Bardorf and the contractors were very accommodating, and commended them for working through bad weather. “He and the crew worked right through that big lightning storm. I looked out there and there they were, working in the ditch. I just wanted to let everyone know they did a good job.� “Well, we can’t tell Lonnie [Batdorf] that,� joked council chairman Luke Baker. Batdorf was not present for the meeting because he was working on another construction project. This was his first absence from a council meeting this year. Resident Bruce Yeckley came before the board with updates about the security situation at Legion Park. The park has been vandalized several times this year, costing time and effort to repair. Yeckley reported that the new security system is installed, and that two residents were already being punished after

being caught destroying property on video. “I hope the word gets out there — the park is now fully under surveillance. It’s being recorded. There are 22 cameras. If you vandalize the park, we will take action, just like we did with the two juveniles recently,� Yeckley said. Yeckley also brought forward another concern about the municipal authority. Recently, the municipal authority has revoked free water for a handful of services in the borough, including the local John Carroll Area EMS. Yeckley expressed concern that the decision will put a financial burden on the ambulance station and the others affected by the recent change. Councilman Tim Spangler also sits on the municipal board, so he was the one to give an answer. It was consistent with what the authority has said in previous meetings. “The days that the authority could [give away free water] have come and gone. The costs have gotten too high, and we’ve done everything we can to keep it down. It’s not just the ambulance company, there are others

too. It’s not something we wanted to do, we just can’t continue to give out free water. We are doing what we can to just keep things going,� Spangler said. Spangler also explained that upcoming projects would cost the authority millions, so they are working to prepare for those costs. Councilman Drew Thomas noted that the board would do all they could to help the ambulance company with fundraising and other concerns. Importantly, water prices and related billing matters are the responsibility of the municipal authority, not the borough council. Finally, toward the end of the meeting, Baker noted that he would be organizing a time for the municipal authority and council to have a conference about stormwater and related issues in the borough. The meeting will probably be public due to the Sunshine Law. A time and date is expected to be advertised soon. The council then moved into executive session to discuss a hiring decision. The next council meeting will be held Oct. 7.

Ebensburg Woman’s Club honors Teal Ribbon Day By Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

The Ebensburg Woman’s Club participated in its third annual Teal Ribbon Day awareness campaign Sept. 9 to bring awareness to ovarian cancer, especially since the month of September is

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. To raise awareness of this disease, the Woman’s Club members tied teal ribbons to trees on downtown Ebensburg streets in an effort to “Turn the Town Teal.� Teal ribbons are a visible sign of the work of the Ann Harris Smith

Foundation to spread the word about ovarian cancer. The teal ribbons are to remind women about the importance of screenings for the killer disease and to support research that could lead to a cure. The American Cancer Society estimated that in 2018, about 22,240 new cases of ovarian can-

cer were diagnosed and 14,070 women died of ovarian cancer in the United States. “Even if this gets one woman to go to the doctor to be checked it is worth the effort,� said Ebensburg Woman’s Club president Kathy Oravec. A woman’s risk of getting ovar-

ian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 78, and her chance of dying from ovarian cancer is about 1 in 108. This cancer mainly develops in older women, and about half of the women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer are 63 years or older, according to the SEE HONORS, PAGE 15






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Steelers embarrassed by Patriots in season opener

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By Calem Illig

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Ben Roethlisberger and the current Pittsburgh Steelers have never defeated Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Foxborough. The Steelers last victory on the road to New England came in 2008, but it was Matt Cassel under center that season rather than Brady. On the road for its season opener Sept. 8, the Steelers looked to finally break that streak. But a sloppy effort in all facets of the game bogged the black and gold down. With a 333 loss, the Steelers fell to 0-1 on the season. “No need to sugarcoat it. We weren’t ready for prime time tonight,� Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. Both offenses stalled out on the first drive of the game. Roethlisberger had Johnny Holton streaking downfield, but his pass was just underthrown as the play was incomplete. New England struck first on its second possession of the game. The Steelers blew coverage as Steve Nelson blitzed, and after Josh Gordan caught a short pass from Brady, he shed a tackle from Joe Haden to score a 20-yard catchand-run touchdown. The Patriots drove down the field to start the second quarter

and got into the red zone, but two broken-up passes on a good defensive hold by Pittsburgh forced Stephen Gostowski into kicking a 25-yard field goal to extend the lead to 10. Pittsburgh’s offense continued to stall as the team could not muster any continuity. The Patriots outgained the Steelers, 275-87, in the first half. “If you don’t get drives going, you don’t sustain the rhythm, they get up some scores and you get one dimensional. It’s not fun,� offensive guard David DeCastro said. “You look forward to the fourth quarter when you can run the ball and finish out the game. To sit back (and pass) the second half, even the second quarter, it’s not fun. The Patriots extended that lead late in the half. Off a play-action pass, Brady found Philip Dorsett through double coverage for a 25-yard passing touchdown. Following a turnover on downs by Pittsburgh, Gostowski closed out the first half with a 41-yard field goal. At the half, New England was up, 20-0. Roethlisberger found Washington sailing down the field and connected with the second-year wide receiver on a 33yard passing play to gain some momentum in the second half. That momentum quickly stalled

though. Moncrief dropped a pass in the end zone and Roethlisberger almost turned the ball over with a fumble five yards from the goal line. Boswell ended the drive with a 19-yard field goal. Moncrief was targeted the most out of any Steeler with 11 attempts, though he was only able to muster three catches. “I think it was a wake-up call – something we needed,� Moncrief said. “It’s something I felt I needed.� Following the game, Roethlisberger pitted much of the blame on himself. “I’m not worried about him. I’m worried about myself,� Roethlisberger said.� “I need to play better. He’ll be just fine. I have all the confidence in the world in him that he’s going to be a guy for us that we can count on. And I told him. I’m not going to shy away from throwing him the ball.� It was an odd decision for the Steelers to opt for the field goal instead of going for it on fourth down. The Steelers were only one yard from the end zone, and any turnover on downs would have given New England the toughest field position a team could get. Tomlin said the goal was to try and shift the momentum with three points.

“We wanted a little positivity,� Tomlin said. “We didn’t have enough positivity at that point. We wanted to get points to kinda get things going. I think that all got nullified by the big play we gave up on the subsequent drive.� On the ensuing drive, the Steelers had a pair of nice plays from its linebackers. T.J. Watt earned a tackle for loss and Devin Bush halted a reception by Izzo to set up third-and-long, but all that work was undone by one play and busted coverage by the Steeler secondary. Brady found Dorsett wide open downfield for a 54-yard touchdown to increase the lead to 24. “I think it was more of a communication, execution thing,� Bush said of what went wrong defensively. “I think that’s the area we need to get better at.� New England later tacked on a 35-yard field goal by Gostkowski to make it a 30-3 game, and he added a 39-yarder

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late in the game. Roethlisberger was picked off in the endzone by Devin McCourty to close out the game. “We lost. That is about it,� said defensive captain Cam Heyward. “I have nothing else to tell you. We didn’t have our best game and they did. Hopefully we learn some lessons from it.� Quickly looking to put this defeat in the rearview mirror, the Steelers now adjust their attention to Seattle, whom the Steelers host in week two. The game takes place Sept. 15 and kickoff is at 1 p.m. The game will broadcast on FOX. “It’s still a long season,� corner Mike Hilton said. “We have a lot of adjustments to make. We will be prepared. It’s just game one. We haven’t brought out everything we are going to use. We just have to prepare for Seattle and be ready for what they are going to bring in here. We will be ready.�





Loretto Borough Council meeting erupts in chaos PAGE 10 - Thursday, September 12, 2019 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

When the Loretto Borough Council reached the section on the agenda to discuss old business at its meeting Sept. 9, the meeting slowly erupted into chaos over a two-year-old request for a $50 adjustment to a sewer bill. In August 2017, council member Michael Zabrzeski requested an adjustment to the sewerage portion of his quarterly water bill for filling his above-ground swimming pool. Zabrzeski said that he had gotten an adjustment in previous years, but the council denied the adjustment for several reasons. According to the council, meter readings were done before and after on which to base the adjustment. Secondly, Zabrzeski requested the adjustment after the pool was filled, and thirdly, the borough has to pay the sewerage rate on the water even if they would give Zabrzeski the adjustment since

there is no applicable agreement between the borough and the university allowing for adjustments. Zabrzeski has said repeatedly that he talked to university officials about the adjustment. Loretto Borough’s water and sewerage services are purchased from St. Francis University, since the university is equipped with physical plants for water filtration and sewerage treatment. The borough is billed for water through a meter installed on the borough’s main service line from the university, and billed for sewerage based on the amount of metered water going into the borough system. This is the same manner of billing used by the borough. Each customer’s water is metered, and a charge for sewage is added to the bill based on water usage. The matter of Zabrzeski’s adjustment has surfaced several times at council meetings with the council repeatedly denying the adjustment. However, at the August meeting, the council approved sending a letter

to the university concerning the adjustment. Zabrzeski said at that time he would go with the university’s ruling. Chaos erupted when the letter from the university’s physical plant operator was read into the record at Zabrzeski’s request. The letter informed the borough that no retroactive adjustments could be made and that it is up to the borough to create a policy in the future to deal with requested adjustments for filling swimming pools. Then a policy would have to be agreed upon between the university and the borough, since the borough pays according to water usage. Voices raised when Zabrzeski disagreed with the content of the letter because he “talked with the university,” to which council president Ward Prostejovsky quickly rebutted. “We are wasting time when you don’t get the answer you want,” Prostejovsky said to Zabrzeski. The matter quickly turned into a shouting match between the two men.

After more than 10 minutes of back-andforth between the two, Zabrzeski asked the solicitor if the university can overrule the borough ordinance, and the solicitor said it couldn’t. Prostejovsky told Zabrzeski that it is not the university’s matter. “It is unethical for you as a public official to come in here and dictate terms to us on taxpayers’ money,” Prostejovsky said. He exclaimed that the borough still has to pay for the sewer rate even if the borough did give Zabrzeski the requested $50 adjustment. “We have been dealing with this issue since 2017. This has consumed an inordinate amount of time,” added Prostejovsky. “This is why we can’t get anything done in Loretto because we can’t get out of our own way.” At that point, mayor Dave Eckenrode told the council that he is finished with this matter and began to walk out of the meeting. At this point Zabrzeski made a motion to adjourn.

Jackson Township Supervisors amend subdivision ordinance By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

Solicitor Bill Barbin held a brief public hearing prior to the start of the Aug. 29 Jackson Township Supervisors meeting in regard to

an amendment with the subdivision ordinance, No. 183, and mobile homes. According to Barbin, all of the sections that had been cut out to match Ebensburg Borough and

Cambria Township, were to be brought to a vote to be added back into the ordinance. The ordinance, previous to this meeting, had regulations taken out that were specific to mobile park homes.

If approved by the supervisors during the regular meeting, the amendment to the subdivision ordinance will allow codes enforcer George Burkey to cite mobile home parks that have vio-

lations. There were no public comments on the amendment, so the public hearing was closed. Once in the regular meeting, SEE AMEND, PAGE 14

BVMA, engineer reviews control module update

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By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

The need to update the control module for the Blacklick Valley Municipal Authority’s (BVMA) ultraviolet light system was broached by engineer Rich Wray at the Aug. 28 meeting. Wray added that back at the July meeting, he had “one known cost for the module itself.� “We didn’t have any cost on installation or, perhaps, any other things that we need to make it work,� said Wray. According to Wray, the module will cost $16,000. Once Wray added in installation, shipping and the contractor’s profit at 10 percent, the total cost to update the control module is $29,240.67. He said that chairman/operator Mike Pisarcik

and board member/authority worker Drew Klezek did some research on other installations that have been done in order to be sure that this was the best price and exactly what the authority needs to comply with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). “Dan Mikesic, from PENNVEST Infrastructure [Pennsylvania Investment Authority], approved the technical content of the change order and also the pricing we had to date, the installation and the control unit,� Wray said. Wray explained that DEP requires that when the ultraviolet lights are on in the treated sewage leaving the plant, that they have a “certain intensity or a certain brightness.� “It has to be verified,� said Wray. “Well, something has to be in the water to pick up that light that’s

shining out into the water and take a reading, those two little sensors are $3,000 a piece.� The two sensors are connected into the existing power unit and a new control wire will run to the treatment plant, and the control unit will be installed in the plant, according to Wray. “The difference that you’re hearing this evening is primarily that $6,000 extra for those two probes that need to go into that water, and that will bring you into compliance with DEP,� Wray said. “We questioned the need for these probes and initially, last month, [we were told] you don’t need them.� However, Wray said that he was reading the specifications and the operation of the unit for the controls, and the sensors need to be in place to help read how intense the

ty that keeps flooding homes at their Sept. 9 meeting. Resident Arlene Dunmyer spoke about the retention pond. She told the council members that the school district dredged the pond over the weekend, which she believes may help the

flooding issues. She also told the council members that she had an engineer look at both of her properties, and the engineer recommended that an earthed levee be built at one of her prop-

Cresson Borough Council hears complaints about stormwater

By Gina Bianucci

of Mainline Newspapers

The Cresson Borough Council members received a number of complaints this month regarding the retention pond at Penn Cambria School District proper-


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ultraviolet light is in the water. Pisarcik said that he wants DEP to be involved with this decision and that if the authority purchases this equipment, it will fulfill the department’s requirements. “I don’t want to purchase something that’s not [right],� said Pisarcik. “I want to make sure this is what we’re asking from us.�

Pisarcik added that he wants to make sure the authority is going in the right direction because he doesn’t want DEP to say it’s not compliant or considered incomplete. The authority approved submitting a change order to comply with DEP, but not signing a contract, contingent on approval from the department on the control module.

DEADLINE: TUESDAY AT 10 A.M. CALL (814) 472-4110 FAX: 472-2275


COOPER TIRES: 4 Cooper Weathermaster s/t 2 winter tires. Size 225-60r16. $300. Includes steel rims and hubcaps. 814-937-8750.

HAIER COMPACT REFRIGERATOR: $50, Ashton-Drake Porcelain Doll School Girl with Desk, New $40.00. Boys shoes size 13-13.5, hardly worn, $3.00 pair. Call 886-8616 after 5. KNIFE BAKER’S RACK $50, 4 shelves and 2 small drawers. Floor kitchen cabinet with 2 doors and formica top. $30. Call 814-619-5335.


ALTOONA: One 2 bedroom apartment. $650 plus utilities. 814-9353636.

ATTN SFU/ MOUNT STUDENTS: TW Rentals now accepting applications for summer, fall 2019. $450/ per student per month. Applications available in office. Hours 11-3, MWF or call for info 814-241-8384 or 616570-1269. CRESSON: 1 bedroom. $450/ month plus utilities. Lease & security. 814934-1531. EBENSBURG: 2 bedroom. Water, heat, sewage, garbage included. No smoking, no pets. Call Kevin 4727707. EBENSBURG: 2nd floor, 2 bedroom apt. $600/ month, water, sewer, & heat included. Off-street parking. No pets. Call John 931-7800. (Realtor Owned).

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EBENSBURG: 301 N. Julian St. 1 bedroom upstairs apartment. Private deck, off-street parking, coin operated washer/ dryer. For more information call 814-472-8684.

EBENSBURG: Eff, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. 2 bedroom town homes. Varying utilities included. $460 -$850/ month. Call/ text 814-626-8830. EBENSBURG: Lovell Park Village. 2 bedroom townhouse. $750/ month plus utilities. Plus deposit. 814-2446667. EBENSBURG: One bedroom, 2nd floor and two bedroom, 1st floor. Call 472-7850. EBENSBURG: One bedroom, first floor apartment, suitable for one person. Off street parking. No pets. No smoking. $525 plus electric. 4215274. EBENSBURG: Parkview Apartments. Secure building, 1 bedroom, all kitchen appliances, heat (gas), water, garbage included. Coin operated laundry. Off street parking. No pets, no smoking. Call 814-472-7798. GALLITZIN: Three 2 bedroom apartments. $695. Includes heat, water, sewage and trash.814-935-3636. LILLY: 2 two bedroom apartments, suitable for 55 + adults. Washer & dryer hookups. Security deposit. No smoking, no pets. 814-886-5417. MARKET STREET COMMONS IN JOHNSTOWN: 1-2 bedroom apartments available. Utilities included. 814-536-6122 for details. Equal Housing Opportunity.


NANTY GLO: 1 bedroom, 2nd floor. All utilities included. $550/ month. No smoking/ pets. References, and security deposit required. 814-2427773.

NORTHERN CAMBRIA: Lg. 2 & 1 bedroom apts., Includes water, garbage, sewage, stove and fridge. No pets. 814-979-7426. PORTAGE: 2 bedroom duplex apt, 1 1/2 bath, kitchen, living room, family room, laundry room. Will consider pets. Rent $550/ month + utilities. 814-341-9154. PORTAGE: 3 bedroom duplex. Gas heat. Newly remodeled. Security deposit/ references required. 814-7363859. PORTAGE: 635 Rear Main St. 1st floor. 1 bedroom. Totally remodeled. Water, sewage, stove, refrigerator included. 814-322-5849. ROARING SPRING: 1 bedroom luxury apartment. $695. Includes heat, water, sewage and trash. 814-9353636.


NANTY GLO: Storage units for rent, all units inside climate controlled, various sizes and prices available, heat, lighting and security included. Call to visit and reserve your unit today. 814-659-6337

NORTHERN CAMBRIA: (Formerly Allstate Agency) Approximately 860 sq. feet commercial office space. Great location and plenty of parking. $650 a month plus utilities. 814-9489282.


EBENSBURG: 210 W Lloyd. 4 bedroom house, $875/ month, plus utilities, plus deposit. 814-244-6667.

NANTY GLO: 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath, $700/ month + utilities. No smoking. References, security deposit required. 814-242-7773. NORTHERN CAMBRIA: Lg. 3 bedroom 1 bath. Includes sewage, stove, fridge, washer and dryer. $600 /month No pets. 814-979-7426. SOUTH FORK: Rent with option to buy. 3 bedroom house. $525. Includes trash pickup and sewage. 814-487-7871. SOUTH FORK: Rent with option to buy, 2 bedroom house. $450 includes trash pickup and sewage. 814-487-7871.


GALLITZIN MOUNTAIN TOP STORAGE: We store anything, even big boats & campers. 330-0150.

Classified deadline: Tuesday at 10 a.m.


CRESSON: 410 Broad Ave. September 13 & 14, 8-4. Clothes, hobby house, much more.

GARAGE SALE: 1470 Washington Ave., Summerhill. 9/13, 9/14, 9-6. Estate items, furniture, dishes, Christmas, linens, plastic tubs, chairs, bear figurines, pendelphin rabbits, gas grill, pots and pans. HASTINGS: 525 Murphy Spring Road, Saturday and Sunday, 9/14 and 9/15. Low prices. 247-8181, 6591610. NANTY GLO: 1338 Lloyd Street. September 14th. 9-5. Better Glass, more salt & pepper shakers, collectibles, advertising paper, and household.


WAITRESS & COOK: Beaver St. Cafe, Hastings. Apply within.

COOK WANTED: Part-time. Must have some experience. Apply Dee’s Kitchen, 3802 Bigler Ave., under the Polish Legion, Northern Cambria. 420-8275.



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AT-HOME TYPIST NEEDED: Must be able to type min 50 wpm. Highspeed internet connection required, no dial-up. Paid on a per page rate with a flexible schedule offered. Please email resumes to: or call (800)727-4349. EOE.

CAREGIVERS AGENCY: Background check and TB test required. All shifts. EOE. 814-266-5337. CARPENTER: Established company for 40 years looking for carpenter with experience in remodeling and all phases of construction. Must have driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license and tools. Send resumes to: Carpenter, P.O. Box 777, Ebensburg, PA 15931. COUNTER SALES/ STOCKER: Various hours including evening & weekends. Apply within. Dial Beer, 115 Main Street, Portage. DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS for intellectually disabled adults. Competitive hourly wage. Part-time and full-time available. All shifts. 814-410-6197. EOE. EBENSBURG: Quality Inn now hiring front desk, housekeeping, and maintenance. Apply in person Monday-Friday. No phone calls. EXPERIENCED COOK WANTED: Apply Deeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen, 3802 Bigler Ave., Northern Cambria, under Polish Legion.

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FULL-TIME DRIVER: Propane delivery, CDL license with HAZMAT and Tank endorsements. Call ALGAS 886-8451. HOUSE CLEANER: Looking for someone in Patton Area, part- time. 814-674-7786. HVAC/ PLUMBER POSITION: Experience a bonus. Not necessary, will train. Send to: HVAC/ Plummer Position, P.O. Box 1158, Northern Cambria, PA 15714. LEGAL TRANSCRIPTIONIST: Johnstown company has FT (daylight) hours, paying $10.60 per hour & PT evening hours, paying $8.00 per hour available. Clean criminal background & drug screen required. Email resumes to or call 814-536-7877 for an interview. EOE MECHANIC: Auto or heavy truck. 814-344-8500. Call 84. OFFICE HELP NEEDED: Part time work, Office & Quickbooks experience a plus. Send resume to: Wilkinson Bus Lines, P.O. Box 95, Cresson, PA 16630. PERSONAL CARE AIDE NEEDED: Full time, no experience needed. Apply, 628 Pike Road, Mundys Corner, PA 15909. 749-5100. SERVERS: Evening shift, must be available Fridays & Saturday evenings. No Sunday or Monday hours. Apply in person at Penn Gables Restaurant, Ebensburg.


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THE CITY HOTEL: Is seeking Cooks & Bartenders, Apply within. 814-9797426.


HARBAUGH ELECTRIC: Quality workmanship at affordable rates. Fully insured. 814-743-6166.


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Washington Township talks Park Road water line project PAGE 14 - Thursday, September 12, 2019 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Gina Bianucci

of Mainline Newspapers

During their Sept. 4 meeting, the Washington Township Supervisors and their engineer discussed what to do about the water line project at Park Road. Bids for the waterline project were due Sept. 4, with the lowest bid coming from Shadco at $114,141.85. The looping of the water line would include the Lilly Borough Water Authority System. Township engineer Thomas Kakabar told the supervisors that he has not personally worked with Shadco, but he has seen them around working on other projects. The only problem left for the township to figure out is

what to do with the outstanding easement needed to start construction, should the supervisors award the contract. There is one outstanding 300 foot easement for the 1,300 foot job. Supervisor Ray Guzic said that he and Kakabar talked about their options. One option is to possibly bring the water line out of the township. If they were to do that, it would cost an additional $36,000, and would place the waterline under the roads. However, the supervisors did not want to pursue this route because they feel it would be a waste of grant money. Option two would be to remove the 300 feet of water line from the project, which would save the

township about $14,000. The third option is to build it as designed, but the township would still need to get the easement. The supervisors and Kakabar discussed which option to choose, given the timeframe to complete the project. The engineer said the whole goal of the project was to loop the water line so they could end the line across the property in question and still save $14,000, and move it out of the township’s right-of-way. “This is an easy decision for me,” supervisor Jamie Hartline said. “We’re not going to pay $36,000 and put the thing [water line] under the road.” Guzic agreed with Hartline and

said that they should speak to the landowner first before considering that option. “I hope we get to talk to the landowner and say, ‘Listen, this is going to benefit you and it’s going to benefit all of the community,’” Guzic said. Kakabar’s goal is to have the project completed by the end of October. By November it is harder to do construction and becomes an inconvenience for property owners. In the end, the supervisors decided to go with the original design of the plan: looping the system and going across the individual’s property rather then spend $36,000 to put the line under the road. The supervisors

awarded the contract to Shadco. In other business, resident David Myers brought in a bag of metal strips that he and his family found at the Paul A. Cooney Recreation Center parking lot. He said that he noticed that others were getting flat tires from parking there, so he and his children took a metal detector to the parking lot by the pavilion and found the metal strips. The supervisors told him they would check on security cameras around the area to see who has been dumping these metal strips. Myers and his family received the Good of the Township award for picking up the metal strips at the recreation center and the walking trails.

increasing demands for services, there is not enough time to accomplish everything that needs to be done, even with volunteers. The council requested additional information from Sumner concerning other libraries’ operations and the contributions they receive from the local municipalities they serve. Moving on, the council members approved the financial agreement with PennDOT for the 2020 Main Street phase two sidewalk project. The council had agreed to turn the project’s responsibility over to PennDOT to be done at the same time as the planned Main Street paving project. The borough received a Department of Community and Economic Development grant for the sidewalk project, and with PennDOT taking responsi-

bility for the project, the borough is able to save significant funds on design and engineering work. This enabled the council to add more sidewalks from the intersection at Dulancey Drive to the intersection at Caldwell Avenue. Some small changes will be made at the Caldwell Avenue intersection to increase motorist and pedestrian safety. In other matters, borough manager Bob Koban talked with the Main Line Greenways Trail consultant Jim Laird about the possibility of including a bridge to span the railroad siding that crosses Main Street between North and South Railroad streets. Main Street is the only vehicle crossing over the spur tracks in the borough, for decades, there has been a concern that a derailment on the spur track from the Rosebud Mining cleaning plant in

Portage Township could block Main Street. The only alternatives for emergency vehicles is a more than 8 mile detour through Wilmore to the other side of the borough. By exploring a possible bridge alternative while planning for the Main Line Greenway Trail connection through the area, more access to federal grant money could enhance the chances of getting funding. Both houses of the U. S. Congress are considering bills designating a National 9/11 Memorial Trail that would include sections of the proposed Main Line Canal Trail. The proposed National 9/11 Memorial Trail is a loop from the site of the World Trade Center Memorial to the Pentagon Memorial over to the Flight 93 National Memorial Site and passing through this area to con-

nect back to New York City. Using co-designation for the proposed trail could open up additional federal and state funding. The current section of the Main Line Canal Trail currently ends at Ehrenfeld Park. A section from Ehrenfeld to Portage is being studied by a consultant to determine the feasibility of a trail which would eventually connect with the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site in Gallitzin. About one-third of the Main Line Canal Greenway has been completed using trails, waterways and highways connecting Pittsburgh to Harrisburg along the path of the 1830s Main Line Canal. The council also approved a request for the HarvestFest committee to close portions of Branch Street on Sept. 29 for the annual event.

Portage Borough Council hears library director’s request By Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

Portage Public Library director Kaytlin Sumner spoke to the Portage Borough Council at its Sept. 3 meeting about increasing the borough’s contribution to the library for next year. Currently, the borough donates $1,000 a year to assist the library. Portage Township donates $500 and Portage Area School District recently upped its donation to $1,200. Sumner said that the library is growing by adding programs, which increases the number of people using the library. Recently, the library had to release a part-time person due to budget restrictions when the state cut public library funding. Sumner said that with the growing number of youth and adult programs the library offers and


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Nanty Glo Water Auth. operator questions next steps for fixing meters

By Allie Garver

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Nanty Glo Water Authority operator Larry Krampy asked at the Sept. 4 meeting what the next step is with fixing meters if a resident won’t respond to a door hanger. “The guys [authority workers] have about four or five places that they’ve put door hangers on numerous times and they got no response to these door hangers at all to fix their meters,” Krampy explained. Krampy said that to fix these meters, Tom Williamson and Donny Thomas need to get inside of the homes, which they can’t do unless the owner lets them in. Water authority board members Lynne Stock, Diane Holby and Steve Mikesic all agreed that a letter should be sent, and if they have not complied in a certain amount of days to having their meter fixed, the water will be shut off. “Maybe send a registered letter,” said Stock. “I’d send them a letter that says, ‘You get 10 days to contact and schedule an appointment,’” solicitor Alex Svirsko said. “I would do a physical posting also, a door hanger, that says the same thing as the



Eric Dreikorn made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 183 which amended the township subdivision ordinance and now includes requiring permits and establishing minimum conditions for the operation of mobile park homes. John Wallet seconded the motion. In other matters, Burkey, who serves as the Jackson/East Taylor Sewer Authority (JETSA) chairman, updated the supervisors on the Fords Corner sewer project. According to Burkey, all of the permits have been received for the project and the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PEN-

letter. Do both, if they don’t get back in 10 days, tell them we’ll shut your water off.” Krampy said that he wanted to know the next step because the meters need to be fixed. Stock reiterated that a certified letter should be sent, that way the customers in question will have to sign that they did receive it and the water authority will have a record of that. Krampy said that he will have the letters sent and have Williamson and Thomas post door hangers on the homes again. Moving on, the authority discussed patchwork that needs to be done in six to eight spots in the borough before winter sets in. The board members suggested having the borough workers, rather than the authority workers, putting down the hot patch. “I can talk to [borough worker] John [Sava] about it and see what their schedule is,” said Stock. “Why don’t we just say if the borough can’t do it and it’s not hot patch, then we can ask Jim Laughard?” authority member Nancy McCreary asked. Krampy said that asking either the borough or Laughard works for him.

NVEST) meets in October, which will hopefully mean the project will be funded. Jackson Township chairman Bruce Baker asked when the project will realistically begin if funding is approved by PENNVEST in October. Burkey answered that weather depending, the project should start sometime next year. Moving on, the supervisors approved two subdivisions, one along Fords Corner Road and the other on Griffith Avenue. Time sheets were also approved by the supervisors. The next supervisors meetings will be held Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 a.m. and Thursday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. All meetings are held in the Jackson Township Municipal Building.


erties. However, the problem is that she would be pushing the water down the street to her neighborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property. Council president Mike Zabinsky said that they have no idea how to combat the problem. He said the school district has its engineers looking at the problem and that they are trying their best to see whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The more I think of it, even if we put a new storm system in that costs millions of dollars, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to correct the situation or eliminate it,â&#x20AC;? Zabinsky said. Dunmyer said that she understood that the problem wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be fixed overnight, but she wanted to make clear that she was doing everything she can to protect her property. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take on the liability of causing other peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property damage,â&#x20AC;? Dunmyer said. Zabinsky said they do not want to chase the problem down the streets and they are trying their best to figure out the solution. Dunmyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neighbor, Tom Novak was also present at the meeting. He was there because the alley behind his house between Ashcroft and Keystone avenues keeps getting washed out during storms. He reported the complaint at last monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting and attended the meeting again this month to see if the council had a temporary solution for him. He told the council that



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he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t back out of his driveway, and that he had to put his vehicle in four-wheel drive to leave his house. Council member Tracy Kost said that they are going to get the prisoners to fix the situation at his property and that they will arrive sometime in September. Zabinsky asked borough engineer Stu Sibold if he looked at Novakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property. Sibold said that he canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think of a good permanent solution without spending a lot of money. His solution for now was to try and keep on top of the problem. Kost asked if running a plastic pipe on his property would work, and Sibold replied they would then be chasing the problem down the street because it would move the problem further downhill. Novak said he wants the problem fixed soon and claimed that it can be fixed in five to 10 minutes if someone would just come to his property. Kost said that once foreman Tim Adams returns from vacation, he will contact him about the problem. Zabinsky said that they would try their best to fix his problem and that Novak might have to help out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I go out and sweep the intersection every time it rains and take it back up in a wheelbarrow and fill it back in,â&#x20AC;? Novak said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The problem now is thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing to fill back in.â&#x20AC;?

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