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Nanty Glo Water Authority raises flat rate $1 Vol. 96 No. 2


Nanty Glo, Pa.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

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Nanty Glo Borough passes waterfowl ordinance

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By Allie Garver

By Allie Garver

Before the regular monthly meeting of the Nanty Glo Water Authority was called to order on Wednesday, Jan. 4, the board held its reorganization meeting. Harry Gearhart called the reorganization meeting to order, then immediately stepped down as chairman. Diane Holby took over the meeting as temporary chair. Gearhart was appointed to serve another five years on the water authority board. Nancy McCreary made a motion to retain all of the same positions for board members as 2016. The motion was seconded by Lynne Stock. The meeting dates and times for 2017 are the first Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. All meetings are held in the Nanty Glo Borough building. Joel Romagna and Stiffler, McGraw, and Associates will serve as the engineering firm, Alex Svirsko will continue to be the authority’s solicitor, and Kotzan CPA and Associates will be the auditors. The reorganization meeting was closed and the regular meeting was called to order with Gearhart taking over.

Monday, Jan. 2, was the first meeting of the new year for the Nanty Glo Borough council members. After calling the meeting to order, council president Michaela Markovich led those in attendance in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a brief moment of silence. The first matter of business to be taken care of was the approval of the minutes from the Dec. 5 meeting and the special meeting minutes from Dec. 19. The special meeting was held in order to pass the 2017 tax ordinance as well as the 2017 budget, both of which were passed with a unanimous “yes” vote. Both sets of minutes were passed with proper motions and seconds. The waterfowl ordinance that has been in the works during the past few council meetings was officially passed. The ordinance reads: “It shall be unlawful for any person to feed migratory waterfowl within 300 feet of any posted sign or area in the Borough of Nanty Glo.” A map is attached to the ordinance so that residents know where the birds are not to be fed. The fine, if someone is caught feeding the birds, is $50 and includes two hours of community service. Signs are to be purchased and posted at the designated areas where the birds are not to be fed. A decision was made to raise

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Viking pride

Siera Steck (front, left), Jessie Bearer, Jake Slebodnick, and Paige Kasecky (back) are ready to cheer on the Blacklick Valley boys and girls basketball teams on Saturday, Jan. 7, against Conemaugh Valley. Photo by Allie Garver.

CenCam School Board reminds parents to not park in fire lane

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Before the regular monthly meeting of the Central Cambria School Board of Directors each month, president R. Scott Magley asks for committee reports. This gives the board members an opportunity to discuss any items before voting actually occurs. Although Property and Building Committee chairman Don Cessna had nothing to bring up during the committee meeting, Dennis Simmers did want to acknowledge something he noticed recently. At

the middle school, a cul-de-sac area was built with the intention of being a drop-off and pick-up area for parents, it also serves as an access for emergency vehicles in case an accident takes place during school hours or after-school activities. “Just human behavior, we’re starting to slight a little bit with the parking in that area,” said Simmers. He noticed that parents have started to park there to wait for their children, rather than just dropping off and leaving, which can create a problem if an emergency vehicle needs to park there. The area that Simmers brought up has been painted to show that it is a fire lane. Simmers mentioned that approximately two years ago, he did see a Blacklick Valley Ambulance at the school with its lights on. “There were no cars parked in

that turnaround so the ambulance was able to pull in, pick up the patient, and go right back out,” said Simmers. The goal of the school board members, and everyone involved with the school, is safety. Parents are reminded that they should not park in the cul-de-sac area due to the fact that it is a fire lane. Student council members from both the middle school and high school are also invited each month to speak to the school board about what they’ve been doing in class and during activities. At the middle school, the students held a holiday meal project in November where food was collected that created a typical Thanksgiving meal. Once all of the food items were collected, they were donated to people in need. There was also a Christmas shopping day held at the school, SEE FIRE LANE, PAGE 4A


Let’s go

Rya Shirk (left) and Bryar Schilling wear all black to the boys and girls varsity basketball double header on Jan. 7 against the Conemaugh Valley Blue Jays. Photo by Allie Garver.

Supporting the team

Mackenzee Palko (left), and Mackenzie and Madeline Kinter support the Blacklick Valley Vikings varsity basketball teams at the “blackout game” against Conemaugh Valley on Saturday, Jan. 7. Photo by Allie Garver.

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