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Gallitzin council decides against request for athletic field use Vol. 119 No. 7

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By Joshua Byers

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After some discussion at the Feb. 8 meeting of the Gallitzin Borough council, the group decided not to allow the Ebensburg Silverbacks to use the borough’s athletic field. Representatives from the semipro team attended the January meeting to request the use of the field, like they did the previous year under the Altoona Night Train team. The difference between the visits was that the group had all of the correct paperwork in place and is in a league this time. Solicitor David Consiglio said he believed it could be a worthwhile endeavor, but his only stipulation was that the team list the borough on its insurance. Vice president John Palko said the endeavor was “questionable” in his mind because the field still needs work. One major concern for the council was the fact that there are many groups that use the field currently and working around the schedules could be difficult. However, councilman Richard Mackey reminded the group that the representatives said they’d be glad to work around any schedule because they are just looking for a place to host their home games. “Does anybody from the council feel like having them there would be a benefit to the borough in some fashion?” Consiglio asked. His question was met with many answers of “no” by the council. A letter was to be sent to the team

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explaining the council’s decision. But the conversation about the field didn’t stop there. The group also discussed the drainage issue with it as well. A bid was acquired to fix the drainage for the athletic field, and councilman David Nileski II said he’d like to incorporate another element into the project: the ditch above the field that also needs fixed. Palko said the ditch hasn’t been cleaned in years and it needs to be bulldozed to fix it. The reason Nileski said he wanted to see if the projects can be done together is so it will comply with a possible grant. President Sylvia Conway said she thinks the bid will encompass all of these pieces. Nileski said he’d contact the bidder to check. Additionally discussed by the borough was the Sprint payment being due. Mackey brought up the fact that the borough hadn’t been paid yet, and secretary Irene Szynal said that she received seven months worth of pay the day before the meeting. This means the company is paid up for its tower on the land it is leasing from the borough through the month. The council spoke about scheduling a street cleaner as well. They decided to get bids from Flemming and want to have it done before the borough cleanup, which is May 25. Before the end of the meeting, Szynal addressed the council members about the state of the ambu-

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Stepping back in time

Tunnelhill Borough’s new truck has arrived, according to vice president Tom Krozal at the Feb. 6 borough council meeting. However, he added that he’d like to have the bed of the vehicle sprayed to seal it. Council agreed that this sort of step has been done before and had no issue with Krozal moving forward. The motion was approved unanimously. Councilman Larry Bem asked him where he was getting it done this time, and Krozal said it will be Icon Signs. He said that this place is also putting the decals on the side of the truck as well. So far, things with the truck have been good though, according to

Washington Township supervisors approve series of drafted deeds

By Joshua Byers

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Solicitor Thomas Swope announced at the Feb. 1 meeting of the Washington Township supervisors that he’d drafted the deeds and other documents the board had requested in January. The first was a deed from the township for Lilly Borough to allow it the necessary buffer

zone around its well, along with a right of way for the borough to access it. Additionally, Swope prepared a right of way from the township to ECS Partnership to “clarify their access to the property,” as well as a right of way from the borough to the township to access the “back end” of the township’s property. Swope said this was acquired for future use as part of the walking trail. “I think that’s consistent with what we asked you to do,” chairman Jaime Hartline said. The supervisors agreed that they were on board with what Swope had presented. Supervisor Raymond Guzic Jr. volunteered to present the docu-

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Isaac Britton (front, left) cheers on his sister Katrina Britton with parents, Harold (front, right) and Theresa, and grandmother Mary George at the Penn Cambria girls junior varsity basketball game on Feb. 13. Photo by Joshua Byers.

Tunnelhill Borough discusses new truck details, decals SEE DECISION, PAGE 3A

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Helen Saylor, director of the Gallitzin Library, takes a moment to appreciate the old photos of the library that were displayed for its 60th anniversary celebration, courtesy of former librarian Paulette Schmelzen. Photo by Joshua Byers.

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ments to the borough to review. Also addressed by Swope was payment for the Allegheny Ridge Wind Farm. He said the township should be getting a payment of the permit fee in the near future. Swope said the amendment of the letter of credit will also be arriving soon. New business handled by the board was the subdivision submitted by the Jamestown Rod and Gun Club. Hartline asked Swope to explain. He said it’s the creation of six new building lots along Valley View Lane. “There’s nothing out of the ordinary with this. It appears to comply with your ordinances,” SEE DEEDS, PAGE 3A

Krozal. “It seems to be good,” he said. Krozal also brought up a request for new bulbs for the borough’s Christmas lights. There are some burned out bulbs on the displays, and the council agreed it would be wise to purchase them now and install them later in the year before they go up. The cost will be a little less than $300. Since there was no solicitor’s report, the group moved on to talk about the Gallitzin Borough meeting that president Michael Taddei had attended in January. He said he was given the police contract that the council hadn’t received yet. He mentioned that it was the same as it was the previous year, and the council just needed to approve it again, which it did.

A frozen adventure

Additionally, Gerald Hagen, the Gallitzin Borough police chief, informed the others that Gallitzin had interviewed a handful of candidates for the full-time police position. Secretary Cathy Kent said she’d send a letter to Gallitzin’s council letting them know that they have the contract and when they signed off on it. Taddei went on to bring up an ongoing issue with a resident in the borough who has a large number of junk cars on their property. He said the person called him to let Taddei know they’d received the letter the resident’s landlord sent about the state of the property and that they’d “clean the back of the yard up.” The resident then


Paula Cross (left) and Chad and Andrew Shilling braved the cold on Feb. 9 to explore the snowy streets of Cresson. Photo by Joshua Byers.

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