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Vol. 161 No. 52
Ebensburg Boro talks natural gas project, street resurfacing
Thursday, August 9, 2018
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By Andrew Smithmyer of Mainline Newspapers
The Ebensburg Borough Council talked about a natural gas project and street resurfacing during the monthly borough meeting held on July 23. The gas company informed the borough July 13 that a major project is planned throughout Ebensburg Borough, the replacement of nearly all the main lines. They are aware of the sewer project and hope to be able to follow the sewer work with the gas project. The gas company intends to begin work in September in areas south of High Street, where the contractor is expected to be completing sewer work. If all sewer and gas work is completed south of High Street, the borough should be able to bid a sidewalk project for that area in February or March 2019, and have streets resurfaced in late 2019. The sewer work north of High Street isn’t expected to be completed until July 2019, therefore the gas project won’t be finished until fall 2019. If there’s enough time to undertake a sidewalk project north of High Street in 2019, it could only be in areas east of Center Street. SEE STREET, PAGE 11A
Colver Youth Fair
Clarissa and Samantha Hill wait to get their faces painted at the Colver Youth Fair July 27. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.
Cambria County tops list for veterans’ benefits claim filings
By Andrew Smithmyer of Mainline Newspapers
Taking a break
Dauntless firefighters Brian Nelson (from left), Jacob Burkhart, William Chittester and Craig Kelley take a break during the Battle of the Barrel contest at the Cambria County Firemen’s Convention July 29. Photo by Andrew Smithmyer.
Carrolltown Borough Council discusses heavy rain, flooding
By Amber Stich
of Mainline Newspapers
At the August council meeting, Carrolltown Borough Council members focused on the topic of flooding, which has been a main concern lately due to the excessive rainfall the area has received. The council discussed the July 30 storm, which caused basement flooding in residents’ homes and the borough building, and caused the
water plant to temporarily shut down. Borough manager Lonnie Batdorf explained that the rain has washed out farm fields around the water treatment plant and actually started infiltrating the building. He said there were similar situations like that at the borough’s well locations, so as a precautionary measure, he had the plant shut down in case the situation got worse. Batdorf explained that the water plant only pumps during the night to fill the storage tanks, so there was still a water supply to work off of. He just did not want the plant to encounter issues if it tried to pump that night. The plant was up and running again within 24
hours of the shutdown. Jim McCann, who deals with Carrolltown’s emergency management planning, said he called the Cambria County Emergency Management Agency to monitor the flooding situation at the plant. Luckily, the issue settled down without more measures being taken. Batdorf said the clean up after the flooding at the plants and the borough building basement was able to be completed quickly. Some roads in the borough also needed to be cleaned after the intense rain and flooding washed them out in areas, and the council took a moment to SEE FLOODING, PAGE 4A
At the July 26 Cambria County Board of Commissioners meeting, Josh Hauser, director of Cambria County’s veteran services office, informed the board members that Cambria County’s veteran services office filed more benefits claims through the state’s Department of Military and Veteran affairs than any other county in Pennsylvania during the past fiscal year. Hauser said that this past year, the veteran service office did a lot of veteran outreach to educate the community on what is available for veterans and their families. During the outreach, Hauser provided veterans with information on what benefits are out there, what they mean and how to access them.
Hauser went on to say that there’s a lot of confusing information on what is accessible for veterans before the veterans service office reaches out to the community. “With the help of the commissioners and all of the offices in the county, I wanted to thank you,” said Hauser. “We’ve made this a big priority and a big push to communicate with those who have selflessly serviced our county and our country.” Hauser said that using the new tracking numbers and moderation from the new software that the state has provided, of Pennsylvania’s 67 county offices and six veterans’ homes, Cambria County was number one in the number of claims processed this year. The county also topped the list in the SEE VETERANS, PAGE 14A
Lucca Gittings shows off the butterfly he made at the Colver Youth Fair held July 27. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.