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Vol. 164 No. 29

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Ebensburg, Pa.

Ebensburg Borough Council receives 2018 audit report

By Andrew Smithmyer of Mainline Newspapers

Meghan Freidhof and Stephanie Stohon of Wessel and Company visited the Feb. 25 Ebensburg Borough Council meeting to present the 2018 audit report to the council. The report found no ethical or accounting issues. Freidhof discussed the financial highlights with the council members. To start off, she talked about a three-page financial executive summary report. “I won’t go over all the financial statements, just a high-level review,” said Freidhof. In Freidhof’s opening statement, she gave an outline of the government activities with the general and fuel funds, capital projects and the Main Street Partnership as a component. Secondly, the business-type activities that include water, sewer and stormwater funds were also highlighted. Under the independent audi-

tor’s report, Freidhof said it is an unmodified report opinion on the modified cash basis financials. Overall, the borough’s statement of net position had total assets of just over $2 million for 2018. In the governmental funds, the borough had a business fund of $1.8 million for a total of $3.9 million with the assets in all cash. Freidhof said it was an increase of about $400,040 from 2017. In the liability line, the borough had about $19,000, which always relates to payroll items and related tax liabilities. In 2018, the borough had a net position of $500,044 in liquid fuels and an unrestricted net position of $3.3 million. “Basically, that is restricted for various specific purposes on what you can spend on,” said Freidhof. Total revenue was $6.4 million, which was a decrease of $7.2 million in 2017. Overall SEE AUDIT, PAGE 4A

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Anna Haigh, Kate Yahner, Dani Gittings and Sam Rosenberger, senior members of the Bishop Carroll girls varsity basketball team, hoist the District 6 Class A trophy after winning the title game against Purchase Line Feb. 27. For the full story about the game, see page 6B. Photo by Calem Illig.

County commissioners approve bid for sewer line testing

By Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

The Cambria County Commissioners awarded a bid for sanitary sewer line testing

for the county buildings in Ebensburg Borough and Cambria Township. The sanitary sewer replacement projects in both municipalities require pressure testing of all sewer laterals, residential and commercial, to eliminate infiltration of surface water and storm runoff. A large number of municipalities have been undergoing the

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same type of sanitary sewer line replacements since the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection stepped up its enforcement of water infiltration into sanitary sewer treatment facilities. Surface water and stormwater that makes its way into the sanitary sewer lines substantially increases the amount of water

that reaches wastewater treatment plants, which increases the costs to treat the water and reduces the service life of the plant and its equipment. Surface water and stormwater easily flows into the old-fashioned terra cotta pipes used in most construction projects from the 1900s through the 1980s. Terra cotta is a clay-based baked

material used in larger diameter pipes, especially for sewer and drain lines in homes and businesses before the integration of plastic piping in construction. “We have some large and long sewer lines the county constructed a long time ago,” president commissioner Tom Chernisky explained.

SEE TESTING, PAGE 3A

President commissioner Tom Chernisky read a book to Ms. Pablic’s and Mrs. Persio’s kindergarten classes and encouraged them to read as part of Read Across America activities Feb. 28. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.

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