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Tunnelhill Borough approves Sunset Support Services home
Vol. 120 No. 32
By Andrew Smithmyer of Mainline Newspapers
The Tunnelhill Borough Council approved a rental property for Sunset Support Services LLC during their Aug. 6 meeting. Members of the Sunset Support Services pled their case for approval of the group home. Sunset Support Services provides residential support services for people with physical and/or mental disabilities. Its core focus is to render comprehensive services and support to adults with intellectual disabilities. Mayor Le Hritz said there is a caregiver monitoring the tenants 24 hours a day. Carla Smay, a representative from Sunset Support Services, applied for a certificate of occupancy, which she said she already had from a property on Sandusky Street. Smay spoke with members of building code enforcement agency Aug. 6. Smay claimed that secretary Cathy Kent refused to sign the services’ certificate of occupancy because Kent didn’t want “those people” living beside her, two houses down. “Cathy does not have the authority to sign,” said Kent. “I told them [code enforcement] to come to the meeting tonight [Aug. 6]. Code enforcement
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knows I can’t sign it.” Smay said the message got back to her saying that Kent couldn’t sign the certificate. Smay continued saying that she doesn’t like putting the agency in that position. “They need a home. They need a place to call home,” said Smay. “I understand completely. I don’t know what Cathy said,” council president Michael Taddei said. “Is it hearsay, or did you actual hear her or what?” Smay said that the building code enforcement agency talked to Kent. Taddei was hesitant to confirm Smay’s claim that Kent said she didn’t want the property rented out. Taddei confirmed that Kent doesn’t have the authority to sign any documentation on behalf of the borough. He said that every document must go through the borough for approval. “Let’s just squash that right now. Cathy cannot act on behalf of this borough at all,” said Taddei. “She could be a private citizen. She has the right to say whatever she wants, really.” Vice president Tom Krozel said this is a normal process to see if there are any setbacks. Smay said the reason why Sunset Support Services was there was to clear up the confusion. SEE HOME, PAGE 14A
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Penn Cambria students Mia Berardinella and Meghan Eckenrode practice their routine before the Cambria County Firemen’s Convention parade in Gallitzin Aug. 4. Photo by Andrew Smithmyer.
PennDOT to rehab bridge on Route 53
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Ron Eckstein (front left), Richard Simonis (front right), Harold Dixon (second row, from left), John Gilbert (second row, right) and Art Wilt (last row, right) from the Jaffa Chanters get ready for the Cambria County Firemen’s Convention parade Aug. 4. Photo by Andrew Smithmyer.
Jessica Urbas, a project manager from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, met with the council during the Aug. 1 Lilly Borough meeting to discuss a bridge rehabilitation project on State Route 53. Urbas said during the rehab, PennDOT will be replacing the sidewalk on Washington Street. Every time PennDOT installs a sidewalk, PennDOT has to fill out a standard agreement form stating the borough is responsible for maintenance, upkeep and snow removal on the sidewalk. Urbas said the project will include replacing the barrier on the bridge, a sidewalk and an Americans With Disabilities Act compliant ramp. The borough had some concerns about
the retaining flood wall, but Urbas said PennDOT will be replacing parts of the wall. Borough solicitor Michael Emerick said there is a clause in the agreement stating that the borough may provide an ordinance where sidewalk maintenance responsibilities under the agreement should be performed by adjacent property owners. He continued to say that there’s a sidewalk ordinance that would put the responsibilities on the sidewalk owners. President William Patterson said the residents will probably take care of the sidewalk because that’s their way to church. However, under the contract with PennDOT, the borough is primarily responsible for the sidewalk. If the borough fails to
Mount Aloysius hosts annual Camp Cadet
From future law enforcement officers to possible military members and those just looking for a summer challenge, teenagers between ages 12 and 15 gathered at Mount Aloysius College July 29 to begin a week of hard work, learning and structure for the 2018 Camp Cadet held by the Pennsylvania State Police. “The cadets learned about becoming a leader, being able to think and assess things under stressful situations,” said camp director Trooper Scott Urban. Urban has been part of the
program since it started seven years ago, with this year’s program hosting 52 cadets. He said that the program has graduated roughly 350 campers since it started. The camp is completely free for those who are interested. Urban said the camp starts to fundraise two weeks after the program is completed. Cadets are given a hat and shirt for the week, and receive pins for accomplishments. Campers must fill out an application for the program, and each applicant goes through an interview process. Urban said that applicants are asked a series of questions to see if the program is for them. He said 119 students applied to the camp, but for security purposes, the camp can only accept 52 cadets. The interview process isn’t only for the camp, Urban said it will help them in SEE CADET, PAGE 4A
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Members of Penn Crest Bank (from left) Scott Waurek, Linda DeAngelis, Amber Waite, Brianna Troy, Anna Zettle, Erica Kopera, Wendy Nagle and Alysaa Bodenschatz ready their float for the Cambria County Firemen’s Convention parade Aug. 4 in Gallitzin. Photo by Andrew Smithmyer.