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MAI NLI NE newspapers

Vol. 164 No. 39

USPS 166680

Ebensburg, Pa.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Since 1853

Newsstand Price 75¢

(814) 472-4110

28 Pages

County commissioners approve purchase of new voting machines

By Kristin Baudoux

of Mainline Newspapers

BC blue

Jacob Vasilko, Sarah Farabaugh, Megan Freidhof and Nick Whitham coordinate with their blue attire for Bishop Carroll’s prom, held May 4. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.

Cambria County voters can expect to be using new voting machines by November’s general election. The Cambria County Commissioners, at their May 9 meeting held at the Inclined Plane in Westmont Borough, approved the sales order agreement with Election Systems & Software for the purchase of voting machines in the amount of $1,133,265. The new voting machines are part of a state mandate issued in April 2018 to select new voting systems that provide a paper record no later than Dec. 31 of this year. The mandate requires that the machines produce a paper ballot or record that can be verified by the voter and audited by election officials. Director of elections Shirley Crowl said the county had a choice of five voting machines and decided upon the DS200. “I believe this is going to be the most adaptable system through the county,” Crowl said. Crowl said that when voters visit their polling stations to cast their ballot, they will be handed a paper ballot. The voter will fill out the ballot and insert it to the DS200. The machine scans the ballot and keeps track of the

Jackson Twp. receives $980,000 grant toward business park

By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

Jackson Township has received nearly $1 million in federal grant money to construct an access road to what will become a 65-acre business park near the Route 22 and Chickaree Hill Road intersection. “It’s finally going to make this a reality,” said supervisor John Wallet. “We’ve been excited, but keeping it close to the vest.” U.S. Representative Glenn “G.T.” Thompson announced in a press release May 13 that the township received $980,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

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‘It’s finally going to make this a reality’

According to the press release, “the business park will be suitable for mixed use facilities including light manufacturing, distribution, technology-based and service oriented businesses.” “I am pleased to see ARC making this important investment in Cambria County,” said Thompson in the press release. “This is tremendous news for Jackson Township and the future business park. This road will provide critical infrastructure to promote commerce and development in the region and lead to job creation, which is exactly what ARC grants are intended to do.”

Wallet said that it took a lot of work to get the township to the point where this business park could become a reality, including “land swaps with the state.” The grant will help fund the design and construction of 2,100-linear feet of roadway, a 400-linear foot right turn lane on U.S 22 with signal improvements, and a cul-de-sac that will provide new access to a four pad ready site. This new site will lead to the creation of 200 jobs, according to the press release. Wallet added that the improved signals will require a red light at the top of Chickaree Hill Road for safety reasons.

The road and surrounding area will all be designed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and will have to meet their requirements. “The Jackson Township Supervisors, Bruce Baker, John Wallet and Eric Dreikorn, are excited to hear the news of the ARC Grant Award for the Jackson Township Business Park project and would like to thank everyone involved who helped in making it possible for this important project to move forward,” said


By Kristin Baudoux

of Mainline Newspapers

During the public comment portion of the Cambria County Commissioners meeting, held May 9 at the Inclined Plane overlook in Westmont Borough, county resident David Gehlman raised concerns over the recent tax settlements the county approved for properties in Richland Township and the City of Johnstown. “You’re not being fair to the people of this county,” said SEE TAX APPEALS, PAGE 3A

Good times with friends

Kassy Gruca, Jenna Fulton, Brady Bachota, Brody Sikora, Caitlin Cochran and Morgan Chiappini have a few moments of fun before Central Cambria’s Grand March starts May 4. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.

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