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All members of the Mountain View Board and School Administrators were on board for the July 28 meeting of the Mountain View School Board according to Board Secretary, Carolyn Price. The meeting got underway a few minutes late and lasted a bit longer than usual. There were a number of important items that were covered that evening.
During the first hearing of visitors at the beginning of the meeting, Leon Feduchak of Hop Bottom asked about the hiring and screening processes of employees for the district. Art Chambers, Superintendent, gave him an explanation of the hiring process for teaching personnel. In addition at this time, Glenn Pompey of Nicholson asked about the raise in taxes. He received responses from several members of the board and when he heard the economic picture regarding school funding on a state level, it may have helped his understanding why the taxes were raised for the first time in a number of years.
Construction services in the amount of $200,000 were given board approval, as well as $3,840 for other project costs.
Student activities financial reports for the elementary and high school were approved after response from Elementary School Principal, Margaret Foster regarding the distribution of money from ice cream and soda machines. She noted that the money is distributed to teachers for various student expenditures. The superintendent requested a summary report. Chambers complimented Assistant Principal at the High School, Eliza Vagni, on making the high school handbook more readable for students and parents.
There was no Legislative Report or Transportation Report. However, under Policy, Chambers called attention to the first section of policy drafted by the PA School Boards Assoc. The Policy Committee will meet to review this draft on August 13 at 7 p.m.
Ron Phillips shared that negotiations with support staff was held on July 22. All negotiations are on-going.
Under Building and Site, Chambers passed out wording on plaques for the new science and music wings and renovations at the high school. It was decided by the board that present members would be listed and school administrators, as is customary. Titles of board members will not be included and the date of dedication will be added. In addition, Chambers discussed the proposed sand volleyball courts. More information will be obtained to make sure there was no cost to the school district. The Board approval will also be necessary.
Conference attendance was approved for Corrine McNabb and Peter Regeski. The athletic student handbook was approved for 2003-2004, as well as the athletic coaches handbook and the high school student/parent handbooks.
According to Mrs. Price, the Business Manager, she reported the House of Representatives has passed three major pieces of legislation. The first is House Bill 623 authorizing slot machines to provide additional state revenues to fund property tax reduction. The second is Senate Bill 100 which authorized property tax reduction and requires school districts to implement a one-tenth of one percent increase in the Earned Income Tax rate. A mandatory referendum requiring future tax increases, both property and income, will be subject to a limit of the percentage increase in the Statewide Average Weekly Wage and Employment Cost Index (the average of the two). Tax increases above the average can only be imposed with voter approval. Third, the House Bill 1883 authorized an increase of 2.8% in basic education funding with another adjustment for small district assistance. The latter was increased from $75 to $100 per administration. The budget reopening period was set at 60 days. The fund balance restriction was unchanged.
Further, Price noted the Senate is meeting this week, but it may be some time before state school funding is decided. Mr. Halupke, chair of the Capital Projects Committee, who has been following the policies in Harrisburg, expressed displeasure with politicians shifting the taxing back to the local school districts.
Maureen Danlon of Archbald was appointed as a business education teacher, several supplemental salary coaching positions were approved and Mary Ketterer, New Milford, Deborah Pompey, Nicholson, and Pamela Cobb of Nicholson were added to the school substitute lists in various areas.
Regarding new business from board members, John Beeman reported that the class of 1963 held their 40th reunion last week. He noted that there was a lot of interest in the Alumni Association. Halupke noted that Association will have a general meeting in September.
At the second hearing of visitors, Maria Diaz, Harford, asked about changes in the athletic handbooks, what are the qualifications of the new Business Teacher and inquired about repair of the concrete near the library. Mr. Feduchak, Hop Bottom, requested a copy of the school board meeting tape when the varsity basketball coach was hired.
Someone damaged about 20 feet of a cinder block chimney belonging to Lawrence Twardy, Intersection of State Route 171 and Church St., Union Dale Borough, between November 2002 and July 29, 2003, by firing pellets at it. Anyone with information is asked to contact the PA State Police at 570-465-3154.
A 1985 GMC Safari, driven by Garl Carl Traver, 43, Vestal, NY, was going south on State Route 858, Apolacon Township. Traver was attempting to negotiate a left curve when he lost control, and the vehicle left the roadway and struck a guide rail, on July 24 at 11:30 p.m. Traver was not injured.
ACCIDENTAL DEATH (DROWNING)
On July 26 at about 7:00 p.m., a search began for Brett E. Hawley at a swimming hole, located off Cascade Valley Rd, known as "Devil's Punchbowl," Harmony Township. This is a pond located on posted private property. Hawley and a friend jumped off a cliff into the pond and as they were swimming towards shore, Hawley began to have trouble swimming and became submerged, and failed to return to the surface. His friend traveled to the nearest residence and contacted 9-1-1. The search ended on July 28 at 9:12 a.m. Members of the Silver Lake Fire Dept Dive team discovered Hawley at the bottom of the pond in about 20 ft. of water. He was pronounced dead by Susquehanna County Coroner Anthony Conarton at the scene at 9:50. An autopsy is scheduled.
Morian L. Sanor, Canton, OH, was driving a 1993 Chevy van which blew a right front tire on Interstate 81, Harford Township, on July 26 at 9:30 a.m., resulting in Sanor losing control of his van which was hauling an Airstream trailer. The camper then rolled over onto its side. No injuries occurred.
Sometime between 9:00 p.m. on July 25 and 7:30 the next morning, someone broke into the driving range shop on Bendix Rd., Bridgewater Township, and removed 3 grey plastic crates containing 800 golf balls, along with 6 metal baskets.
Michael Camaeret, Meshoppen, was backing a 1987 Peterbilt across State Route 267, Auburn Township, and when James Bartels II, Montrose, came along in a 1986 Ford F-150, he could not stop before hitting Camaeret. No injuries were indicated in the police report, dated July 22.
Jonathen Thomas, 42, Lake Winola, was arrested on July 6 at 12:05 a.m., on suspicion of DUI at State Route 706, Heart Lake, Bridgewater Township, after his vehicle struck a small tree while traveling east on 706.
Ulysses Arnold II, 28, Montrose, was negotiating a curve at a high rate of speed and lost control of his Chevy S-10 on July 3 at 2:20 a.m. The vehicle struck several trees, traveled over an embankment and flipped onto its side in a swamp. Arnold was transported to Wilson Hospital, NY. He faces vehicle code charges, according to the report.
DUI TRAFFIC ACCIDENT
On July 14 at 8:25 p.m., Tammy Lynn Rodney, 27, South Montrose, was traveling south on State Route 267, Rush Township, when she lost control of her 1997 Pontiac Firebird. The vehicle traveled off the roadway and then struck a utility pole. Rodney exhibited signs of intoxication and was arrested at the scene for DUI. According to the report, she was also charged with several other traffic offenses at District Justice Watson Dayton's office.
Grant Anderson Sr., Apalachin, NY, was traveling on State Route 267 southbound and failed to yield to Theresa Jones, 47, Brackney, while making a left turn into a local business. Jones was traveling northbound on 267. Following the collision, a second collision occurred between Jones and Kathleen Cost, 25, Mooresville, NC, due to loss of control after the first collision. No serious injuries were reported in this July 24 incident.
On July 23 at about 4:38 a.m., a fire was discovered in an apartment at 111 W. Church St., Susquehanna Borough, that was occupied by Michael and Evelyn Conkln, who had left the residence prior to the fire being discovered. The Susquehanna Fire Dept. responded and discovered Anthony Jumper, 17, Susquehanna, unconscious, in the living room of the apartment. He was taken to Barnes-Kasson Hospital and pronounced dead after arrival. Jumper is a friend of the Conklins and had been staying there for a few days prior to the fire. The cause of death will be determined at an autopsy. The cause of the fire is being investigated by a Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshall.
Someone punctured two tires of a tractor, used to grade roads, and owned by Jessup Township, on Township Rd. 529 where the tractor was parked overnight. The incident occurred between July 21-23.
Someone smashed a windshield on a 1990 S-10 on State Route 4007/North Rd., Forest Lake Township, using a rock The incident occurred on July 23 between 12:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. The vehicle was owned by Jeffrey Kurosky, Montrose.
Someone entered the Ralph Kirsch residence on State Route 492, Jackson Township, and removed a Campbell Hausfeld air compressor, a 16 foot aluminum ladder, a Poulan Pro Farmhand 20-inch chainsaw and a Simms olive-colored fishing vest.
Scott Michael Griffith, 33, Jessup Township, and Laura Anne Supa, 25, Binghamton, NY.
Paul F. Stanley, 31, Vestal, NY, and Stephanie J. Predix, 25, Vestal, NY.
Christopher J. Fish, 28, Great Bend Township, and Amy Lynn Bouren, 22, Great Bend Township.
Jonathan Leslie Dabell, 32, Bridgewater Township, and Beth Janet Hollenbeck, 28, Bridgewater Township.
Donnie R. Butler, 57, Harford Township, and Kay D. Bolton, 58, Harford Township.
Timothy James Colgan, 31, Binghamton, NY, and Michelle Marie Ulrich, 26, Binghamton, NY.
Joseph R. Aton, 21, Binghamton, NY, and Kristy L. Robinson, 22, Binghamton, NY.
Joel Scott Poortenga, 22, Charles Town, WV, and Katie Ann Hake, 21, Charles Town, WV.
Gregory S. Grover to Sommerville Land Development, Inc. in New Milford Township for $1 (transfer tax paid on fair market value of $210,392).
Donna Litchholt-Crowley, Administratrix of the Estate of Michael J. Crowley to Donna Litchholt-Crowley in Harmony Township for $1.
John J. Daniels and John R. Daniels to John J. Daniels in Clifford Township for $1.
Clifford J. Fish to David C. Fish in Montrose Borough for $1 ogvc.
Elsie Trowbridge Blaisure to Timothy P. O'Brien in Dimock Township for $90,000.
Janice Lynch and Thomas Lynch, Co-Trustees of the James and Janice Lynch Trust, to Gerald R. Kopolow and Joan A. Baldwin Kopolow in Bridgewater Township for $84,000.
The Chase Manhattan Bank to Joshua A. Ridall and Elizabeth A. Ridall in Auburn Township for $23,500.
Nicholas A. Tyciak, Sr. and Louise A. Tyciak to Richard Mariani in Springville Township for $35,000.
Harold E. Stockholm and Barbara A. Stockholm to Harold E. Stockholm and Barbara A. Stockholm in Great Bend Township for $1.
PENNDOT to Thomas J. O'Reilly in Dimock Township for highway occupancy permit.
Maxine Skinner and Robert C. Skinner and Dolores J. Kane to Jason P. Nowik and Sara Nowik in Bridgewater Township for $58,000.
PENNDOT to Dennis & Susan Gesford in Dimock Township for highway occupancy permit.
Frances E. Thaller to John M. Warnero and Karlyn S. Orazi in Springville Township for $98,000.
Douglas Jenner and Justine L. Jenner to Thomas Husted and Doreen Husted in Jessup Township for $1.
Franklin T. Marrow to Teresa M. Denti in Brooklyn Township for $7,000.
Washington Mutual Home Loans, Inc. to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in Hallstead Borough for $1.
Malvina Dubiago to Taisa Tuttle and Ginadi Dubiago Jr. in Jessup Township for $1.
Carl M. Lawson to Hector Heguy in Bridgewater Township for $140,000.
Anna P. Plevinsky to Theodore J. Plevinsky and Joyce M. Plevinsky in New Milford Township for $1.
Edward Donald Oliver, Kenneth Catlin and Arlene Catlin, William T. Donlin and Mary A. Donlin to Robert S. Warriner in Dimock Township for $1 ogvc.
Herbert Kilmer, Thomas Kilmer and Jeffrey Kilmer to Herbert Kilmer, Thomas Kilmer, Jeffrey Kilmer and Elsie Kilmer in Harford Township for $1.
Herbert Kilmer, Thomas Kilmer and Jeffrey Kilmer to Herbert Kilmer, Thomas Kilmer, Jeffrey Kilmer and Elsie Kilmer in New Milford Township for $1.
James F. Nowik and Dixie L. Nowik to Rueben Shad Everitt in Bridgewater Township for $92,000.
Thomas J. Rinaldi to Jeffrey R. Miller and Beth C. Rydzik in Clifford Township for $130,000.
Jeremy D. Harris to David Florance and Lynette Florance in Hallstead Borough for $47,000.
Lance M. Benedict, Sheriff, to Community Bank & Trust Company in Forest City Borough for $4,566.80.
Ella L. Darrow and Robert Darrow to Charles Davis, Jr. and Nancy Davis in Jessup Township for $75,000.
Andrew Badner and Dorothy Badner to Robert Badner in Ararat Township for $1.
Joseph M. Miluszusky and Ann E. Miluszusky to George A. Damasevitz and Debra A. Damasevitz in Ararat Township for $6,000.
Roseann Bonitz aka Rosanne M. Bonitz to Joseph Iannitto and Frederick W. Iannitto in Apolacon and Choconut Townships for $92,000.
Harry E. Stanley to Pennsylvania Electric Company in Middletown Township for easement.
Edward Kelley and Clyde Larue to Pennsylvania Electric Company in Middletown Township for easement.
Lance M. Benedict, Sheriff, to Francis J. Pinkowski and Michael J. Pinkowski in Forest Lake Township for $25,214.50.
Elva Irene Wood aka Irene Wood to David Wood, Bonnie Phalen and Linda Blaisure in Bridgewater Township for $1.
Sam Boccadori and Mindy Boccadori to Stephanie M. Reisch in Forest City Borough for $35,000.
Russell A. Lynch & Ruth I. Lynch to Wendy A. Mack in Great Bend Township for $55,000.
Richard Seymour and Wendy K. Seymour to Richard Seymour and Wendy K. Seymour in Dimock Township for $1.
Chester Kilmer E. Jr. (sic) to Chester Kilmer E. Jr. in Great Bend Township for surface mining activities.
Joseph R. Sienko and Mary-Beth Sienko, Albert R. Chilson and Jacqueline Chilson, Andrew F. Sienko and Mary Sienko, Gary W. Sienko and Nancy Sienko, Larry E. Sienko, David A. Sienko and June M. Sienko, Patricia Louise Sienko aka Patricia Louise Blazicek and Tracy Blazicek to Thomas O'Dea and Kelly O'Dea in Liberty Township for $10,000.
Fred W. Burdick to James H. Burdick in Clifford Township for $1 ogvc.
Maureen L. Earley and James F. Earley, Sr. to Eleuterio Maldonado Jr. and Mercedes T. Maldonado in Bridgewater Township for $112,000.
Maureen L. Earley and James F. Earley, Sr. and James F. Earley, Jr. to James F. Earley, Jr. in Bridgewater Township for $1.
Richard J. Biel, Executor of estate of Donald G. Swartz to Kenneth Edgar Swartz, Kyle Andrew Swartz, Erik Eugene Swartz, Colin Edgar Swartz and Jenica Frances Swartz in Thompson Township for no consideration.
Charles H. Snyder, Jr. and Michelle L. Fox-Snyder, Ann Marie Snyder, nbm Ann Marie Snyder Walker and Robert J. Walker to John N. Harner and Nancy M. Harner in Harmony Township for $58,000.
Kenneth Edgar Swartz and Madeline Rose Swartz, Kyle Andrew Swartz and Janja Swartz, Erik Eugene Swartz, Colin Edgar Swartz, by Kenneth Edgar Swartz, and Madeline Rose Swartz, and Jenica Frances Swartz to Wayne E. Jones, Jr. and Michele L. Jones in Thomspon Township for $102,500.
Helen Jane Kachmarik and Richard S. Kachmarik, Administrators of the Estate of Peter Artim to Bradley E. Crum and Paula S. Crum, Olga K. Ladenburger and Arthur L. Ladenburger in Clifford Township for $13,000.
West Lenow (sic) Baptist Church to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company in Lenox Township for $500 for easement.
Borden-Gerber, Inc. to George P. Milhaven and Rose Marie Milhaven in Herrick Township for $16,000.
John C. Bready, Jr. to Edmund M. Zack and Kathleen Zack, Steven H. Coakley and Robert McGonagle in Herrick Township for $135,000.
Lowe Lake Association, Inc. to Edmund M. Zack in Herrick Township for $1 for easement.
Irene Anderson and Arne Anderson to Trevor E. Jones in Harford Township for $1.
Allen S. Jacobi, Jr. and Mary C. Farmer to Stephanie H. Muench and Troy R. Muench in Thompson Township for $64,900.
EJL Holdings, LLC, to Francis S. Barrett and Deborah H. Barrett in Clifford Township for $252,000.
Kenneth L. Goben and Bobbi Jo Goben to Margaret A. Zory in Forest City Borough for $60,000.
Eleanor E. Lewis to Davis A. Stone and Gail Stone in Bridgewater Township for $30,000.
Nina Abbott, nbm Nina Robinson and Richard P. Robinson and Jina Welch and Timothy L. Welch to Christopher V. Manniana and Roberta A. Manniana in Hallstead Borough for $62,000.
Steve Krsna (sic) to Maria E. Vaserberg in Harford Township for $1 ogvc.
John E. Tait and Erlane D. Tait to Randall R. Smith & Sharon L. Smith in Harford Township for $31,900.
Commission Presents Plan
The results of a detailed study of the many factors that comprise and impact Susquehanna County has been assembled into the new Susquehanna County Comprehensive Plan update. Many months in the making, this plan includes general county characteristics and use, natural resource conservation and environmental protection, economic development, transportation and housing, as well as historical resources, regional planning and inter-municipal cooperation, goals and implementation. Interwoven with these subjects are lists of tables, figures and maps. The fascinating document is a reminder of the past and a road map to the future.
The Plan was distributed to all county municipalities, neighboring counties and school districts on July 3. There is a 45-day period for review and comment prior to asking the County Commissioners to adopt the plan. A public meeting is being planned for September 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the main courtroom at the courthouse. A pubic hearing to adopt the Plan will follow at the County Commissioners meeting on September 10 if no changes have been proposed.
In other business, Planning Commission Director Robert Templeton reported that Tom Mailey, a business consultant from Horseheads, New York has been chosen to do the feasibility study for the proposed Business Incubator that will be funded by a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Grant. Business incubators offer services and support to people starting and growing businesses.
Templeton will be part of a team that will direct the Youth Leadership camp to be held at Montrose Area High School this week. This will serve twenty-six students from 4th, 5th and 6th grades of five of the countys school districts. The camp will focus on public speaking, goal setting, communication, organizational skill, assertiveness and teamwork.
The Planning Commission recommended approval of the loan guarantee of $295,000 under the USDA Business and Industry Loan Guarantee Program for the demolition of the old Hallstead Foundry, grading of the site and other improvements. The Commission further recommended that the applicant contact the Susquehanna County Soil Conservation District office and The Department of Environmental Protection for any required earth disturbance permits prior to the work being started.
The Planning Commission appointed the Planning Director to form a committee that would review criteria for uniformity in blueprints and maps presented to the Planning Commission office.
Several subdivisions and land development proposals were approved.
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