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Vol. 164 No. 25

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Ebensburg, Pa.

Ebensburg Borough discusses gas, sidewalk and curb projects

By Andrew Smithmyer of Mainline Newspapers

Under the street committee report during the Jan. 28 Ebensburg Borough Council meeting, councilwoman Cecilia Houser and councilman John Cobaugh updated the council on the gas, sidewalk and curb projects. For the Peoples Gas project, Houser said the replacement of gas mains and service lines south of High Street is scheduled to begin in February. According to Houser, Peoples Gas will have two crews working on the project. The areas on Caroline Street, Marian Street and Triumph Street around the upcoming sidewalk project will be completed first. All other lines south of High Street will be completed in time for street resurfacing in September. Houser continued, saying the borough will waive the requirement for a top wearing course of blacktop in the areas excavated for the gas project. Instead, base material will be used to the existing surface. The areas will then be milled and resurfaced during the larger paving project later in 2019. Peoples Gas will reimburse the borough for the actual bid cost per square yard of the milling and paving. Continuing on, Cobaugh discussed the upcoming sidewalk

and curb project. Cobaugh said the sidewalk and curb project in areas south of High Street is ready for bidding. It is to be completed prior to street paving in the south section of Ebensburg. On South Caroline Street, the project is limited to the 100 and 200 blocks. Sidewalks will be installed on the east side, and new curb will be installed on both sides. All three blocks of South Marian Street will be included in the project. Sidewalks will be installed on both sides of the 100 blocks, and on the west side of the 200 and 300 blocks. New curb will be installed on both sides. The project also will include all four blocks on West Triumph Street. Sidewalks will be installed on both sides of the 100 blocks, and on the south side of the remaining blocks. New curb will be installed on both sides. “The project’s estimated cost is $375,000 and is to be paid from the sidewalk reserve and property owner assessments,” said Cobaugh. “While a loan will be required for future sidewalk work north of High Street, debt will not be required for the projects. The general fund will be used to bridge finance the project as property owner assessments are received.” The project schedule is as follows: deadline of questions,

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Maria Grassmyer (left), Ella Conigy, Sally Storm and Barbara Lysic show off some of their quilts at the Ebensburg Senior Center Feb. 1. Photo by Andrew Smithmyer.

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Deacon Michael Condor, Msgr. David Lockard and Rev. Leonard Voytek display the spiritual bouquet cards they received from the students of Holy Name School during Catholic Schools Week. Submitted photo.

Ebensburg Borough denies request to rezone former football field

By Andrew Smithmyer of Mainline Newspapers

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Donna Bechel (standing) shows Makensey Bechel her way around a vintage typewriter at Lakeside Community Church’s Type-in event held Feb. 2. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.

During the Jan. 28 Ebensburg Borough meeting, the council denied the request to rezone the former Central Cambria Middle School football field for a proposed Dollar General. In December, the borough held a public hearing on the rezoning, with residents opposing the proposed rezoning of the residential parcel along North Center Street. Residents near the property voiced their concerns about increased traffic and decreased property value. Local developer Joe Sinclair asked the borough to rezone the football field from a single-household residential to a mixed use-village commercial in hopes to bring a Dollar General to Ebensburg in September. However, the plan for the parcel changed twice since the September borough council meeting. The new proposal involved the planning commission to keep half of the parcel as residential. Following a public hearing, the issue was sent to the Ebensburg Planning Commission during their Jan. 3 meeting. After reviewing some issues, the borough council received a letter from planning commission chairman Michael Bradley. In his let-

ter, Bradley suggested that the council reject Sinclair’s rezoning application. “The Planning Commission has reviewed and fully considered all comments received at earlier council meetings, at two Planning Commission meetings and at the public hearing,” the letter says. The letter stated that the planning commission unanimously agreed to recommend to borough council that the requested zoning change from single-household residential to mixed use-village commercial be denied. Bradley’s letter included seven reasons why the council should reject the request. “Then the only access to the property will be from Bolton Street, and that would negatively impact the neighborhood, regardless of the type of commercial occupancy,” Bradley’s letter stated. According to borough manager Dan Penatzer, Sinclair told Penatzer about his intent to withdraw the rezoning application before Monday’s meeting. Due to the overwhelming public concerns, president Doug Tusing said it was fair for the council to vote on whether to grant or deny Sinclair’s request. Councilman Dave Kuhar made it clear to the council that they were voting either for or against

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