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Vol. 163 No. 46
Ebensburg council gives go-ahead for sidewalk design plan
Friday, July 6, 2018
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L.R. Kimball awarded bid
By Andrew Smithmyer of Mainline Newspapers
At the June 25 Ebensburg Borough meeting, the council approved and awarded L.R. Kimball the bid to design their possible sidewalk project. L.R. Kimball was one of seven engineering firms that submitted a bid for the project. However, the earliest date that any further action could be taken on the project will be in 2019. Construction bids could be sought in early 2019, when the sewer project is winding down. Actual construction cannot begin until late spring or early summer, following completion of the sewer project in 2019. The borough unanimously favored L.R. Kimball’s $43,125 bid. Councilman Scot May abstained since he works for the company. Ebensburg Borough manager Dan Penatzer said that construction bids will take place in either February or March of 2019. The intent is to complete the sidewalks, but if the council decides against it, they SEE SIDEWALK, PAGE 4A
Ayden Paronish and Wyatt and Camie Collins get ready for a day of swimming at the Ebensburg pool July 2. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.
County receives clean audit report
Sees first general fund surplus since 2011
By Kristin Baudoux of Mainline Newspapers
Wet hair, don’t care
Eryn and Riley Kauffman spend the afternoon keeping cool at the Ebensburg pool July 2. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.
Ebensburg Borough talks garbage issues
By Andrew Smithmyer of Mainline Newspapers
Residents’ concerns over trash hauling was at the forefront of the June 25 Ebensburg Borough meeting. The council was adamant that Pro Disposal Inc. would fix the complaints. Ebensburg Manager Dan Penatzer said the borough gets around 12 complaints weekly regarding trash removal, and residents claim that Pro Disposal skips their properties. Last September, Pro Disposal was awarded a three-year contract with the borough. Pro
Disposal started at the beginning of the calendar year due to Lee’s Disposal’s expired contract. According to reports from last September, residents pay on average around $18 for their services. “There is always some complaints over the years when we switch over from one to another,” said Penatzer. On June 19, the mayor and some council members met with the owner of Pro Disposal, Mike Bellvia, and are hopeful that the issues will be corrected. “He [Mike Bellvia] said he is committed and acknowledges the problems and is committed to fixing them,” continued Penatzer. Mayor Randy Datsko said after the meeting with Bellvia, the borough has had only one “legitimate” complaint. Datsko SEE GARBAGE, PAGE 6A
For the first time since 2011, Cambria County has a surplus in its general fund balance. Joel Valentine, from Wessel & Company, was present at the county commissioner’s meeting, held June 27 at Highland Library in Richland Township, to discuss the county’s 2017 audit report and relay the good news. Valentine presented county’s five-year financial summary. Valentine discussed the county’s current ratio, which reflects its liquidity standpoint. At the end of 2017, the county had a ratio of 1.29, which translates to the county having $1.29 for every dollar owed. Valentine said this was a great improvement from a low of .85 in 2015. In net outstanding debt, in 2017, the county hit a low of $45,209,669, compared to 2015, when the debt was at a high of $56,850,223. Valentine
Men at work
said the county is doing well in reducing its debts. “The county is making great progress on paying down their debt in their long-term obligations,” Valentine said. Also for the second year in a row, the county’s revenue has exceeded its expenses by over $2 million. In 2015, the county’s expenses were $4 million over its revenues. “This board of commissioners had to make some tough decisions to get things going in the right direction and overcome the $10 million deficit over a three-year period, and they’ve certainly been able to do that and replenish the fund balance,” Valentine said. In 2017, the county had an operating surplus of $3,637,490, and for the first time in five years, the governmental funds/unassigned fund balance was in the black by $66,610, which had a deficit SEE AUDIT, PAGE 3A
Borough crews were hard at work fixing a water line break along East High Street in Ebensburg Borough June 29. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.