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MAI NLI NE newspapers

Vol. 120 No. 2

USPS 326-480

Cresson, Pa.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

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Cresson Borough engineer Stu Sibold updated the Cresson Borough Council members on some upcoming projects at the their meeting Jan. 3. Sibold had three main projects of importance to discuss. The first of these projects involves both the Cresson Borough Municipal Authority and the Cresson Township Sewer Authority. The Cresson Township Sewer Authority is expanding its sewage line west of Mount Aloysius College into Munster Township. While the sewage will run through the township’s lines, the sewage will be taken to the borough’s treatment plant.

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Cresson Borough Council members updated on upcoming utility projects

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Blake and April Lilly hope for a Panther victory at the Penn Cambria girls basketball game against Central Cambria Jan. 7. The Panthers won, 48-29. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.

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Sibold said the Cresson Borough Municipal Authority approved a sewage planning module for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) at its meeting prior to the borough council’s meeting. The module confirms that the plant has the capacity to handle the additional sewage from the new lines. Both authorities as well as Munster Township will continue to work on the plans for the project. The next project Sibold brought up was the planned development to be built at the former Wilkinson property on Admiral Peary Highway. “A developer from New Jersey has proposed to put in a Dunkin’ Donuts, a little pizza shop and

four apartments in a two-story, mixed-use commercial building on the property,” Sibold said. He said the developer will be paying to extend the water service lines across the highway to serve the businesses and residential properties. He said the municipal authority is waiting for the developer to sign off on the contract. The third project of interest involves two upcoming Peoples Gas projects in the borough. Sibold reached out to Peoples Gas to see if they would be doing any work that would conflict with the council’s plans to resurface Front Street and Webster Hill Road this year. Peoples confirmed that no work is planned SEE CRESSON, PAGE 2

What does a Second Amendment sanctuary resolution mean? By Ron Portash

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In the general election of November 2021, residents of Blair County passed a ballot referendum by a more than 2-1 margin to make Blair County a Second Amendment sanctuary. The Cambria County commissioners passed a resolution in February 2020 supporting the Second Amendment without a ballot referendum. But what does that mean? The ballot referendum in Blair County means that each of the 24 municipalities must adopt a resolution for declaring a Second Amendment sanctuary. The solicitors of each municipality, working with the county solicitor, have drawn up an intergovernmental cooperative agreement as the first step in declaring the county and each municipality a Second Amendment sanctuary. The Cambria County Commissioners’ adoption

of the resolution is a blanket resolution for the county, without individual municipalities having to endure the costs of creating an intergovernmental agreement and then the resolution itself. The Second Amendment states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The Second Amendment was ratified December 15, 1791, along with nine other articles of the Bill of Rights. The Constitution was written in 1787 and ratified by the various state conventions over two years. More than 1,200 jurisdictions in 37 states have passed some form of Second Amendment sanctuary wording rejecting the enforcement of state or federal gun laws perceived to violate the Second Amendment. SEE AMENDMENT, PAGE 19

Munster Township reorganizes, reviews plans for winter plowing

By Amanda Datsko

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Adam and Jennifer Hite head into Central Cambria’s gym for the Penn Cambria girls basketball game against Central Cambria Jan. 7. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.

The Munster Township Supervisors held their first meeting of the new year, Monday Jan. 3, for the purposes of reorganization. The meeting was facilitated by township secretary, Alice Mento as the township’s chairperson, Gene Orlosky was not able to attend. Mento called for a single motion, approving the following nominations for the board of supervisors: Orlosky was reappointed as chairman of the board, Pat Lee was reappointed as roadmaster and Francis Hoover was reappointed as vice chairman. The approval of bond for treasurer in the amount of $100,000 was also made, as was the reappointment of Mento as secretary/ treasurer. Lee was also appointed as the township’s assistant secre-

tary. Other reorganizational reappointments for 2022 include Daniel Stants as the township’s solicitor, Richard Wray as the township’s engineer and Denny Hines as the vacancy board’s chairman. The township will retain First National Bank as its depository and EMC Insurance with Fink Insurance as the township’s insurance provider. The township approved the 2022 mileage reimbursement rate at the IRS standard of $0.585 per mile before also approving Lee as the township’s emergency management director, representative for the Laurel Management Inspection Agency and second representative for the Cambria County Association of Township Officials. Gene Orlosky was appointed as the township’s first representative for the CCATO. Wage rates for 2022 for opera-

tors will be $15 per hour, with laborers at $10 per hour. The secretary wage rate for 2022 will be $450 per month. The supervisors will continue to hold their monthly meetings at the township’s municipal office on the second Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. Once the reorganization portion of the meeting concluded, the supervisors began the regular meeting, entering into a public comment period to discuss plowing of Jimtown Road. The supervisors made a motion at a meeting in 2021 to take over plowing the road, previously maintained by Portage Township. Due to an increase in costs, Munster Township decided it would be more beneficial and cost effective for them to take it on themselves. Concerned citizen, Vince SEE MUNSTER, PAGE 2

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