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Carrolltown Boro works toward snow ordinance Vol. 124 No. 2

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By Amber Stich

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At its regular January meeting, Carrolltown Borough council readdressed the out-of-date snow ordinance that has become more of an issue in recent years. The ordinance is not specific enough nor harsh enough to actually be enforced as it is now. Borough manager Lonnie Batdorf encouraged the council to closely read the proposed ordinance drawn up by the borough’s solicitor so they could make the additions or changes the council desires. Council president Marty Passarella said he felt they should reduce the amount of time that residents have to move their vehi-

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cle after a storm so the plows can get to the snow before it packs. The rest of council expressed their feelings that having 24 hours to move a car was appropriate in case residents have jobs at odd hours. Council member Mike Platt also said they should add a provision in the sidewalk part about businesses so a fine can be enforced if they are not appropriately caring for the sidewalks. Batdorf said that is why it is so important to have this ordinance in place, so these issues can be addressed. Council is planning a workshop this month to talk about the ordinance in depth and they hope to pass it at next month’s meeting. SEE ORDINANCE, PAGE 4A

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Susq. Twp. supervisors hear street issue from resident

By Amber Stich

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At their regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 3, the Susquehanna Township supervisors heard from resident Joe Pennock about an issue regarding another resident storing junk cars on the roadway near his home in Emeigh. He asked the supervisors to look into the matter because he felt those cars were on township property. According to geographic information system mapping, the cars are located on Pennock’s property, therefore the township cannot get involved. The supervisors told Pennock that if he wants to address the

problem he will have to approach the neighbor himself, but township solicitor Alex Svirsko said he would double-check the property lines at the courthouse and visit the property to double-check that the cars are not parked on township property. The township asks all residents to keep alleys and streets clear of any vehicle that is driveable or not, for safety reasons, as the township workers need to be able to turn the plows around. Another notable topic discussed at the meeting of the supervisors was the money raised by the Emeigh light-up night, especially that of those who donated to see Joe Lowe dress up as the first Emeigh Elf for the first tree lighting. The township and Park and Recreation Committee thanked all who participated, and both are excited to bring Emeigh Elf back SEE ISSUE, PAGE 9A

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Stella and Bobbi Stoltz cheer on the Steelers as they watch the game on Sunday, Jan 8. They each show off their plush Baby Ben, a cow born at Vale Wood Farms that was named after Steelers quarterback Big Ben Roethlisberger because of the “7” on his head. Photo by Amber Stich.

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On Sunday, Jan. 8, Belle and Heidi Kline enjoy the recent snowfall and stay bundled up as they go sledding in their yard. Photo by Amber Stich.

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At its regular meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 4, the Northern Cambria Municipal Authority heard from concerned residents about its options and progress on obtaining a backup water source. NCMA must comply with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) regulations which state that water authorities must have a backup system that, even with their largest producing source offline, must be able to produce one and a half times what their needs are. The authority does not currently have this. This has been an issue for the authority for many years. Changing regulations have discounted one of the authority’s

largest sources, Miller Hollow, as it has high sulfates and water hardness. This means the authority cannot rely on Miller Hollow as a source on its own. However, the authority is allowed to use Miller Hollow as long as it is blended with other water but cannot count on it as a dedicated source alone. Therefore, the authority does not have a sizable enough backup to meet these regulations. Residents Ben Work and Barb Frantz asked authority members what the status was on the project and if they had made any actions forward in building a line to Ebensburg as they had previously stated was a possibility. Chairman Paul Weaver explained that the authority has been searching for another source to use as its backup ever

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since it became an issue. Weaver said they have drilled two failed wells in the past, so they are no longer looking at that option. Instead, the authority has turned to partnering with another authority in the area to purchase the water if necessary. “Regardless of where we go to get water, it is going to be money that we are either going to have to come up with loans or grant money,” Weaver said. Work expressed his concern with the effect on the community of the authority taking on the debt from the big loans for the project, which is estimated at nearly $13 million if the authority chooses to run to Ebensburg. He said it wouldn’t possible for them to pay the increases in

SEE PROJECT, PAGE 3A

The Spangler Fire Company line officers for the new year were chosen on Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Contres-Greer Social Hall in Northern Cambria. Officers include: (from left) Mike Petrisko, deputy chief; Paul Demi, chief; and Todd Miller, assistant chief. For other officers appointed, see page 6A. Photo by Bob Leslie.


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