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Thursday’s high, 80; Overnight low, 48
FRI-SCATTERED SHOWERS, HIGH 77
FRI NIGHT- CLOUDY, LOW 60
SAT-OVERCAST, HIGH 68
SAT NIGHT-SCATTERED SHOWERS, LOW 63
SUN-RAIN, INCREASING THROUGHOUT THE DAY. HIGH 63
SUN NIGHT-LOW 66
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Obituary: Yvonne Parker, Muncy (Coudersport)
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Eldred Fire Update:
More than $14 million in Natural Gas Impact Fees headed to 68th House District….House has approved Causer’s resolution to investigate PennVest money being used to purchase private forest land in northern tier instead of infrastructure…..Dominion Transmission gives check to Enchanted Mountain Music Fest for program at Cherry Springs State Park next month…..Elk County man seriously hurt Wednesday night when his dirt bike collided with a pick up….Mansfield business cited for too many false alarms…….Criminal mischief on Barnum Road in McKean County under investigation…..
The cause of a fire which destroyed an apartment house early this morning o N.Main Street in Eldred remains undetermined. At lest 13 people were left homeless including a family of four from Louisville, LA. The state police fire marshal says a tenant was awakened at around 2:00am by a smoke detector going off and observed a fire in his apartment. Everyone was safely evacuated and there were no injuries. Several volunteer departments assisted Eldred Borough firefighters at the scene and remained there for several hours. Traffic was detoured around the site for a time. Damage is estimated to be $190.00 to the building owned by Gordon Taylor.
State Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) has announced that more than $14,144,685 in impact fees from the natural gas drilling industry are coming back to the counties and communities that make up the 68th Legislative District..
Under Act 13 of 2012, impact fees are generated by the extraction of natural gas, which fluctuate depending on the price of natural gas and the rate of inflation, with a portion of those fees being directed back to the communities impacted by natural gas drilling.
Since 2012, impact fee revenues have topped $1.5 billion, and the statewide figures for 2017 represent a 21 percent increase over the previous year’s distribution dollars.
Impact fee revenues for 2017 resulted in the following disbursements: Bradford County will receive $5,051,257.31 and Bradford County municipalities in the 68th District will receive $2,715,421.55; Potter County will receive $359,070.33 and Potter County municipalities in the 68th District will receive $15,137.84; Tioga County will receive $3,020,364.28 and Tioga County municipalities will receive $2,983,433.70. (See attached list for municipality breakdowns.)
“Bradford County is the third and Tioga County the sixth top-producing natural gas drilling counties in the state,” said Owlett
Fees are collected from the drilling companies with 60 percent returned to benefit our counties and local municipalities affected by drilling. The rest of the money goes into a Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund administered by the state to be used for emergency response planning, training and other activities; water, storm water, and sewer system construction and repair; infrastructure maintenance and repair; as well as statewide environmental initiatives.
Owlett noted that Pennsylvania collected a total of $209 million statewide for 2017, which is more than the drilling tax collected by the states of West Virginia, Ohio, Arkansas and Colorado combined – despite these The following is the amount of impact fee revenue coming back to each municipality in the 68th Legislative District: (Amounts for other districts in the Black Forest Service Area were not available).
Alba Borough – $5,662.50
Armenia Township – $273,050.87
Canton Borough – $66,053.44
Canton Township – $243,210.67
Columbia Township – $531,200
Granville Township – $110,831.80
Ridgebury Township – $138,528.42
Smithfield Township – $230,929.59
South Creek Township – $80,809.96
Springfield Township – $175,840.89
Sylvania Borough – $7,657.46
Troy Borough – $45,979.44
Troy Township – $497,201.37
Wells Township – $172,148.56
West Burlington Township – $136,316.58
Potter County (Eastern portion)
Galeton Borough – $10,161.47
Pike Township – $4,976.37
Bloss Township – $189,376.95
Blossburg Borough – $115,072.82
Brookfield Township – $45,479.82
Charleston Township – $412,171.20
Chatham Township – $198,487.96
Clymer Township – $79,850.81
Covington Township – $305,506.61
Deerfield Township – $68,763.80
Delmar Township – $409,582.07
Duncan Township – $104,693.56
Elk Township – $35,636.47
Elkland Borough – $58,039.40
Farmington Township – $73,565.68
Gaines Township – $123,262.32
Hamilton Township – $101,976.99
Jackson Township – $277,505.38
Knoxville Borough – $20,086.30
Lawrence Township – $87,041.98
Lawrenceville Borough – $19,140.58
Liberty Borough – $8,239.90
Liberty Township – $264,645.02
Mansfield Borough – $98,741.96
Middlebury Township – $122,808.62
Morris Township – $57,046.97
Nelson Township – $25,622.82
Osceola Township – $51,798.57
Putnam Township – $12,460.26
Richmond Township – $274,940.07
Roseville Borough – $5,688.72
Rutland Township – $164,849.41
Shippen Township – $44,811.89
Sullivan Township – $531,200
Tioga Borough – $20,502.24
Tioga Township – $61,439.39
Union Township – $244,399.70
Ward Township – $337,830.25
Wellsboro Borough – $108,260.32
Westfield Borough – $33,876.48
Westfield Township – $58,626.11
A resolution calling for a thorough audit of more than 100 nonpoint source management transactions authorized by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) has been unanimously approved in the state House, said Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint), prime sponsor of the measure.
House Resolution 948 was introduced in response to concerns raised about the agency’s approval of two low-interest loans totaling nearly $51 million for a New Hampshire-based company to purchase more than 60,000 acres of private forest land in Cameron, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter counties.
“As elected officials, we have a responsibility to make sure state dollars are spent appropriately, and this audit would help us do that,” Causer said. “PENNVEST was created to help our municipalities pay for infrastructure maintenance or upgrades, which is vastly different from loaning funds to a private company to purchase land. “We need to determine if these transactions are legal and whether they are appropriate,” he added. The resolution requests the auditor general conduct a financial audit of all nonpoint source program projects approved by the PENNVEST board of directors and submit a report of the audit to the House of Representatives upon completion. While more than 100 such transactions have been approved by PENNVEST, the $51 million in loans to Lyme Timber Company to purchase private land is the first of its kind in the Commonwealth.
The Lyme Timber transactions were approved by PENNVEST at meetings last fall and in January, with the funding being loaned at an interest rate of just 1 percent. As part of the transactions, Lyme Timber will complete a small acid mine drainage project on the property at a cost of about $700,000. The company also agreed to place approximately 9,400 acres of the land into a permanent working forest conservation easement.
As chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, Causer called a public meeting at the state Capitol in March to gather more information about the transactions from officials with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and PENNVEST, as well as concerned land owners and timber operators. Despite the meeting, many questions remain, which prompted Causer to call for the audit.
Dominion Energy Transmissions David Lamphier (right) presents a $2,500 check from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation to Endless Mountain Music Festival Executive Director Cynthia Long. The money will be used to support a free under the stars community concert by the EMMF Brass Quintet at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 29. Following the concert, those attending will be able to view the stars and constellations through park telescopes creating a fusion of music and science. More than 300 people attended last year’s under the night sky concert. Dominion and the David G. Patterson Foundation are co-sponsoring the concert being held at Cherry Springs State Park at 4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport. The park is 12 miles from Galeton via West Branch Road and 15 miles from Coudersport via Route 44. For reservations for the concert and stargazing, call the park at 1-814-435-1037
A 20 year old Byrnedale man was seriously injured Wednesday night was struck by a pick up truck. Ridgway based state police report Wayne Powell was riding his American Lifan Dirt Bike south on Rpute 255 without headlights on at around 9:30 pm and turned left in front of a Chevrolet S10 driven by Dennis Celinksi of Weedville. Powell was taken to PennHighlands Elk. Celinski was not hurt. Police noted that it was foggy with rain at the time of the collision.
A parked2008 Chevrolet Cobalt was damaged in an unusual mishap Wednesday evening on Tannery Street in Shippen Township, Cameron County. State police at Emporium said the car was parked in a private driveway, unoccupied. The emergency brake was not completely set and the car coasted backwards out of the driveway, crossed the road went down over an embankment where it hit a telephone pole causing it to crack and cause wires to droop. Damage was reported for both the front and back bumpers.
Vandalism at an Eldred Township home Wednesday is under investigation by state police at Kane. Culprits drove a vehicle through a yard on the Barnum Road owned by a 63 year old man between 4:45 pm and 8:00pm Wednesday causing ruts in the newly laid soil. Anyone with information is asked to call the barracks at 8`4.778.5555.
A Mansfield business has been cited for making false alarms. State police claim they responded to a call of a hold up at Tractor Supply Company on South Main Street Monday afternoon. The alarm was false, the fourth within a 12 month period, in violation of state law.
Yvonne S. Parker, 78, of Muncy, formerly of Coudersport, passed away, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at Heritage Springs Memory Care, Lewisburg.Yvonne was born on April 15, 1940 in Coudersport, the daughter of the late George H. and Jennie (Boyd) Sallade. Family and Friends are welcome from 10- 11:00 am, Saturday, June 23, 2018 for a visitation at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East Street, Coudersport. Burial will follow in the Sweden Hill Cemetery.