Tuesday September 11, 2018

Black Forest Express

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Monday’s high, 62; Overnight low, 58; 1.15” rain


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Region’s EMS departments have a critical need for personnel and funding….Leadership Potter County has class on emergency services…Some roads in northeastern PA still closed from flooding….Tri-County outage affected some 350 members Monday morning…..Route 44 bridge replacement slowed by weather…..Both drivers cited following collision in Cameron County…

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As we remember 9/11/2001 we are reminded of the importance of emergency services personnel—firefighters, ambulance crews, etc. In the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area, all of those services are provided by volunteers. Rep. Martin Causer tells Black Forest Broadcasting the EMS departments are in critical need of volunteers and legislation to ease some of their financial burdens. Causer reports he recently met with a bi-partisan bi-cameral group to discuss the future of emergency services in north western PA. Causer said the group discussed Municipal funding, legislation he sponsored last year increasing the Medicaid payment to ambulance companies and the need to pass “treat but don’t transport” legislation. The lawmaker explained sometimes ambulance personnel treat a patient on scene that doesn’t require transport to a hospital but the department is no reimbursed.

Meanwhile The Potter County Commissioners have rented billboards in an effort to recruit volunteers and, “Potter County Today” reports an addition to the Leadership Potter County curriculum focusing on emergency responders and public safety was a success. LPC alumnus Will Hunt, who also serves as Potter County planning director, organized a First Responder Day. He laid the groundwork for class members to travel to multiple sites for demonstrations and an opportunity to meet informally with responders. Personnel from the Pa. State Police, Coudersport Volunteer Fire Dept., Coudersport Ambulance and Advanced Life Support, Mercy Flight and Coudersport Borough police responded to the LPC planning team’s invitation to participate.

Leadership Potter County supports the development of future leaders with a focus on developing leadership potential and a greater awareness of local assets, opportunities and issues. More information is available at 274-4887.

As the commonwealth faces the possibility of being hit by Hurricane Florence, PennDot says there are still some roads closed in several north eastern counties due to flooding late last month and yesterday. Some roads in Bradford, Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union are still closed to traffic.

Tri-County Rural Electric Co-op explains the outage Monday morning affecting some 350 members served by the north feed of the Frank Lent substation was due to a tree making contact with a wire. The lights went out at 5:52 am and came back on at 8:20 am. A handful of members in the Austin area were without power for several hours Monday. The outage which began at 4:14 am was unrelated. As of noontime, some members were still in the dark.

With completion anticipated by late September, construction is continuing on a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project on Route 44 (Pine Hill Road) in Abbott Township, Potter County.
Work on the Route 44 bridge hasbeen delayed due to exceptionally wet weather and flooding. Through completion, an alternating, single-lane traffic pattern controlled by temporary traffic signals remains in place.
In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change.
This bridge is referred to as JV-80 and is one of 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.
The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists.


Both drivers have been cited for violations following a collision Sunday afternoon in Gibson Township Cameron County. State police at Emporium say the collision occurred when Tyler James Mensch who was traveling south on Wycoff Run Road failed to obey a stop sign and allowed his Lincoln Continental to hit a Dodge Ram 1500 driven by Gerald Fraser of Philipsburg. Mensch’s passenger, Anna Mensch of Shelocta, PA was taken to Penn Highland Elk in St,. Marys and Fraser and his passenger, Clifford Anderson of West Decatur, PA were transport to Penn Highlands Dubois for treatment of minor injuries. Mensch was cited for failing to obey a stop sign and Fraser was cited for driving with a suspended license.

A Ulysses, PA truck driver escaped injury when his rig was sideswiped on Route 15 in Lycoming Township, Lycoming County early last Thursday morning. Richard Thompson was going north near the Route 973 intersection when another vehicle’s mirror slapped the left side mirror on his Peterbilt when it passed.