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Vol. 164 No. 47

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CCCRA approves letter of support for Colver Power Plant

Ebensburg, Pa.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

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By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

At the June 21 Cambria County Conservation and Recreation Authority (CCCRA) meeting, executive director Cliff Kitner said he received an email from Denny Simmers in regard to the Colver Power Plant. “They’d like a letter of support from us to support the mine reclamation projects,” said Kitner. CCCRA board member Rick Bloom expanded on the letter for the benefit of the other board members in attendance. “Right now the waste coal to energy plants in Pennsylvania has a tax credit, they get so many dollars a ton to help them burn waste coal and remove the abandoned boney piles,” explained Bloom. According to Bloom, there is a bill in the state legislature to “extend those tax credits for several years.” He said that a lot of local cogen plants are looking for

Running for a cause

Chopper and Tom Chernisky (back row, second from left) and several children prepare to run in the children's run at the Chernisky Classic 5K, held at the Ghost Town Trail in Ebensburg July 6. Proceeds from the event go toward the Cambria County Fire School in Patton. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.

SEE PLANT, PAGE 4A

Carrolltown Borough Council hears updates

By Jack Thompson

of Mainline Newspapers

The Carrolltown Borough Council held its regular meeting Monday, July 1. The group handled mostly routine matters and received a few updates on projects going on around the borough. Much of the discussion was about the upcoming corridor project, as the borough is working to get details for the state-mandated renovation. SEE UPDATES, PAGE 3A

Easy riders

Ethan and Mila Bodenschatz get to enjoy the Chernisky Classic 5K from the comfort of their stroller July 6. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.

Team effort

Isaac and Dave Hessler, of Nanty Glo Fire Department, don their gear for the Chernisky Classic 5K held July 6 along the Ghost Town Trail in Ebensburg. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.

Absentee municipal officials are hard to remove from office in Pennsylvania

By Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

It is nearly impossible to remove a local government official from office, short of when their term expires or when they commit a serious crime while in office, in Pennsylvania. Other than a serious criminal conviction, the only way to remove an elected municipal official is by impeachment, which requires action by the state House of Representatives, a trial by the Senate and the governor's signature. According to the Constitution of the

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: "officials shall hold their offices on the condition that they behave themselves well while in office, and shall be removed on conviction of misbehavior in office or of any infamous crime." Unlike many other states, 47 to be exact, Pennsylvania does not allow local governing bodies to vote out elected officials if they violate their duties. Prior to 2003, there was a section of the second class township code which allowed for removal of township supervisors from office for cause. This section of the township code was thrown out by the

state Supreme Court as being in conflict with the state constitution, which states that elected officials must be removed through a two-thirds vote in the Senate through impeachment action or removal upon conviction of certain crimes. Several cases of Pennsylvania officials derelict in their duties who cannot be removed from office have become publicized in the national media. In Northampton County, a township supervisor has failed to show up for a meeting for more than 10 months. The township

SEE ABSENTEE, PAGE 4A

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