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Northern Cambria Borough auctions off two police rifles Vol. 120 No. 15

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Northern Cambria, Pa.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

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Five additional bids were received by the Northern Cambria Borough Council at their Monday, April 8 meeting for their two Colt AR15 rifles. Council had advertised for bids earlier in the year, opening them at their March meeting. However, they had not received any bids that they felt covered the worth of the two guns. After readvertising for bids, the five new bids were opened on Monday, with bids coming in from all across the United States some as close as their own backyard, and some as far away as Texas. The bids were for the Northern Cambria Police Department’s two Colt AR15 SP1

rifles, one with a Bushnell 3x9 scope. The bids received were as follows: Bid 1 - Robert Matthews, Denton, TX, $1,050 each for both rifles; Bid 2 - Roy Whitehead, Northern Cambria, $1,059.50 each for both rifles; Bid 3 Bernard Dospoy, Northern Cambria, $1,099.00 for the first rifle and $1,101.99 for the rifle with the scope; Bid 4 - Robert Benesh, Indianapolis, IN, $1,851 for the first rifle, and no bid for the second rifle; and Bid 5 Brieana Thompson, Bagley, MN, $1,156.01 for the first rifle, and $1,256.01 for the second. Council accepted Robert Benesh’s bid (bid 4) of $1,851 for the Colt AR15 SP1 Rifle, serial number SP47331, and Brieana

Carrolltown aims to protect roads, honors long-time secretary By Ian Wissinger

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With natural gas wells slated for development within West and East Carroll Township borders, Carrolltown Borough has acknowledged that it must take proactive measures to protect its roads, which will inevitably serve as a route of transportation for tractor trailers hauling water for hydrofracking. To achieve this end, council recently conducted a traffic study to determine which borough streets would be most heavily traversed, and what the recommended weight limit for said roads should be. The next and current phase involved with ensuring longevity of municipal roads consists of public notification, or posting weight-limit signs along the highlighted route. Each state-issued sign carries with it a $150 pricetag, somewhat of a financial burden given the number of markers required to cover the entire


stretch. With little wiggle room in the budget to accommodate a bulk purchase, borough council discussed whether it would be in their best interests to only purchase a few signs and space them strategically apart from one another, or to only post the notice on certain streets, the most heavily affected. On the evening of Monday, April 1, Council ultimately decided to take a wait-andsee approach and make no such investment. “We have to post North and South Church Street,” was Councilor Ron Gwizdak’s first thought on the issue. These streets will not only feature into the gas well developers’ route, but presently also serve as a means for local deliveries to travel in and out of town, he argued. In actuality, as one councilor and Solicitor Suzann Lehmier pointed out, North and South Church Street already boast 10-ton weight limit

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Cambria Heights Elementary art adorns cards at Patton Library

By Sarah Wolford

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There isn’t anything quite like receiving a card in the mail. Whether it’s for a birthday, a holiday, or just to hear that someone has been thinking about you, a greeting card can carry with it a lot of emotion. These cards are often adorned with all different kinds of designs and artwork - from funny cartoons to moving poems. And sometimes, when you don’t know how to say how you’re feeling, a card can do that perfectly. It is even better when a card has a personal touch. Thanks to a group of thirdgrade students at Cambria Heights Elementary School, a series of all occasion cards are now available for purchase at the Patton Public Library - each card featuring original artwork by a CHES student. CHES art teacher Holly Stanek said that collaboration between her art students and the library came about by chance, after she ran into Jan Davis, a former teacher and member of the SEE CARDS, PAGE 8A

After purchasing some All-Occasion Note Cards, with original artwork by Cambria Heights third-grade art students, Lori Lansberry gets the signature of Jared Fox on the card with his artwork. Above, Cambria Heights Elementary School art students sign the cards bearing their art work, during a fundraiser for the Patton Public Library on April 6. Photos by Ivan Deibler.

Occupancy permit may be an issue for Northern Cambria School District By Sarah Wolford

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Maintenance director Tony Kline updated the Northern Cambria School Board on where the district stood with an occupancy permit they believed may have been left out of the district’s


Board members take issue with district footing inspection costs

renovation process. Kline said he had spoken with someone at the county building code enforcement agency about the issue and that the district could bring in two people for an inspection, lasting approximately five hours, at a cost of $100 per hour per person. Kline said he was originally told it would cost $4,000 for the inspection, but he had negotiated the fee down. Kline said that the inspection

would take place on a Saturday, so as not to disturb anyone during school hours and that inspectors would be looking at things like door size and fire extinguisher installation. Board member Delvin Lockard took issue with the need for the district to pay for the inspection, noting that the renovation project’s architect should’ve handled the inspection himself. “It should’ve been taken care of, and

it should’ve been included in the inspection fees. You pay all those upfront,” he said. “We might have $100,000 worth of repairs needed to pass this inspection,” he added. “We need to go to the architect. He should be responsible.” Lockard said that a performance bond lasts one to two years, and if it was still in effect from the renovation project, the district could still hold the architect responsible for having the inspection com-

pleted. “This is not the taxpayers’ responsibility,” said Lockard. “[The architect] should pay.” Lockard also said that the district should never have been able to occupy the building before the inspection was completed and the permit was filed, adding, “If it’s not done, then we shouldn’t have to pay the bills.” Art Morelli, the manager of the district’s maintenance services, SEE OCCUPANCY, PAGE 9A

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