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Dishong named new Cresson Township police chief Vol. 119 No. 20

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By Joshua Byers

of Mainline Newspapers

After months of deliberation on the topic at the May 10 meeting, the Cresson Township supervisors announced that officer Shawn Dishong would be the new police chief for the department. “It was by far no easy decision,” chairman Scott Decoskey said. He explained that the board has given the choice a lot of thought and he is hoping for everybody’s support with this decision. Dishong has 19 years of experience in law enforcement and, at the time of the meeting, was also the police chief in Loretto Borough. Decoskey said he was sure there will be more discussion on the subject and the transition with the matter. Supervisor Gary Bradley said that this choice did not poorly reflect in any way on the job that officer in charge Michael Nycum had done.

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“There were just other issues, other factors,” Bradley said. Later in the meeting during Nycum’s report, he requested that the board start to interview candidates for a new officer. Decoskey commented on the situation with a new police chief, but the group agreed to move forward with trying to get someone hired. Moving on, the board heard from solicitor Gerald Neugebauer, who addressed the interchange lighting agreement that has been ongoing for the last two years. According to him, the agreement has been signed already by Lilly, Cresson and Gallitzin boroughs, which was no easy feat. The agreement dates back as far as the early 1980s when the idea of an interchange lighting agreement was first conceptualized. Neugebauer explained that back then the four municipalities had SEE CHIEF, PAGE 2A

Tunnelhill contracts Tuckahoe Valley Disposal for annual borough cleanup Event set for June 25

New Cresson Township police chief Shawn Dishong (middle) stands with supervisors Scott Decoskey, Gary Bradley and Tom Creehan after being appointed at the May 10 meeting. Photo by Joshua Byers.

By Joshua Byers

of Mainline Newspapers

Recently, Tunnelhill Borough has been attempting to get a company to perform a cleanup for the municipality. However, there has been a good deal of difficulty because many waste removal companies will only perform an annual cleanup if they already serve as the trash hauler. Tunnelhill has no appointed waste management. That responsibility is left up to the residents. But at the May 7 meeting, Tobias Nagle of Tuckahoe Valley Disposal attended to present a proposal to the council about performing the sought after borough cleanup. “Do you think...you’re going to need two packers — all three trucks up here?” vice president Tom Krozel asked after reviewing the proposal. Nagle said he wasn’t sure what exactly he’d need but wanted to be safe. According to him, one of his biggest packers [garbage trucks] can

Controller’s office rolls out transparency site

SEE CONTRACTS, PAGE 8A

By Joshua Byers

of Mainline Newspapers

Before ending the meeting May 10, Cambria County president commissioner Tom Chernisky turned the floor over to first deputy controller Kristine Segear for a special presentation on a new page the county rolled out that same day. “The controller’s office has been working since late 2017 on creating a county transparency page,” Segear said. By navigating to the county website [cambriacountypa.gov]

and clicking on the “County Transparency” item under the “Most Requested” tab, a user is taken to the new transparency page created by the controller’s office. From here there are six featured questions like “What are the county’s revenues and expenses?” and the “Outstanding debt by year.” By clicking on any of these, a user is taken to an OpenGov site with the information requested. Below the six questions are “All Questions,” which have a slew of information broken down into sections like financial, retirement system and outstanding checks. At the bottom of the page is a FAQ section about how to use OpenGov and general information about the county budgets, proprietary funds and fiduciary funds. SEE SITE, PAGE 3A

Celebration

Children’s Express owner Becky Strunk looks on while Gavin Kearney (left), Connor Pacsai, Carson Salene and Levi Kelly race their ducks at the daycare’s 20th anniversary event May 11. Photo by Joshua Byers.

Gallitzin resident inquires about borough expenditures and accounts

By Joshua Byers

of Mainline Newspapers

Gallitzin resident Roger Renninger attended the May 9 meeting of the borough council to ask a few questions. “As a taxpayer, I am just curious to know where our money is going.” Renninger said. Before stating his request, Renninger passed out a sheet of paper to the group detailing the borough accounts over the last 10 years. It shows items like the general fund and liquid fuels. President Sylvia Conway said that Renninger could review the

annual budget to find that out. She added that with the development of Cedar Drive, the borough had to come up with around $30,000, which came out of the general fund. The bills for CPS Surveys, which has been providing engineering services for the development, was an extra expense not budgeted for. Conway then implied that Renninger should know about this, stating that he was on council at the time. Renninger served as the borough president before Conway. Renninger said he was not on the council for these expendi-

tures, and Conway said that he was the one who started the project and the council moved on when he left. “Sylvia, I’m not here to argue with you. I’m just asking where our money is going,” Renninger said. Renninger is referring to the $66,000 difference between the 2015 and 2016 total of funds and the 2017 total of funds listed on the paper he passed out. The reason for this difference is a drop in general fund amounts from $30,585 in 2015

SEE INQUIRES, PAGE 8A

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