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REMEMBER - The men and women, who served our country and who are serving, deserve our respect. Because we honor and remember their sacrififi ces for us and our freedoms, our local communities will celebrate with parades, speeches, and salutes on Monday, Memorial Day. Times and places are listed inside these pages. Honor our veterans by attending these events and show them, the living, and those who have given the ultimate sacrififi ce - their lives - how much we honor them and cherish what they have done for us and for our country. Never let us forget the bravery displayed by those who have served in our armed forces time and again in the many wars that have challenged mankind.

 
School’s prelim budget holds line on property taxes Print E-mail
Written by David Schaef   
Monday, 18 May 2015 00:00

As noted in these pages in the previous addition, the Conneaut School Board approved a preliminary budget for the year to begin July 1, that does not contain a tax increase when school directors met in voting session Wednesday evening.

The vote to approve that tentative budget passed on a 7-2 vote with John Burnham and Brian Boyce voting no, Burnham saying he was not sure he approved how all the money is being spent. Boyce did not comment on his vote.

The budget is estimated at $37,032,267.00, with no increase included from state sources as the state budget approval plays out in Harrisburg with a new first year Democratic governor in place who is working with a Republican controlled legislature.

School directors increased real estate taxes a year ago by a .50 margin with half of the increase mandated to go to the ever increasing pension fund.

Read more in this weeks issue.


For additional details about School’s prelim budget holds line on property taxes, as well as the headlines noted below, please purchase a Monday, May 18, newspaper at area locations or a digital download of the paper.

  • Honoring those who served Memorial Day! Inside!!
  • Summit supervisors meeting - Page 4!
  • Neighborhood Crime Watch

 
TO STATES Print E-mail

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- Photo Supplied
TO STATES - This year's winners of the Crawford County Envirothon competition who will represent Crawford County at the State Envirothon competition on May 20, are, from left - Elise Rangru, Paige Simpson, Chelsie Crate, Danielle Manross, and Andrew Vorisek, all students at Conneaut Area Senior High. Subjects studied are Forestry, Aquatic Ecology, Soils and Land Use, Wildlife, and Current Issues in Conservation. Advisor is teacher Mike Vorisek. See photo, info page 23.

 
Headlines for May 11, 2015 Print E-mail

School district to approve a no tax increase budget
Written by David Schaef

The Conneaut School Board of Directors is expected to approve a no tax increase budget for the year to begin July 1, when directors meet in voting session Wednesday evening.

The board, with 8 in attendance at its work session on May 6, Don Ellis, Jr., absent due to illness, listened to a presentation by district business manager Kara Onorato explaining the budget process to date that included five budget committee meetings since February 23 reviewing costs and budget requests, and administrative meetings asking department heads and principals to seek cuts in all budget areas. An additional meeting is set for today, Monday, for more review by budget committee members Jody Sperry, Dot Luckock, and David Schaef along with Onorato and Conneaut Schools Superintendent Jarrin Sperry with focus being on transportation.

The proposed budget calls for revenues of $35,415,323, up $174,447 over the current budget while expenses are pegged at $37,032,267, an increase of $1,644,872 over the current year.

Increases for the upcoming year include retirement/pension costs - a state wide problem - going up by $597,237, as the required state rate goes from 21.4% to 25.84%.

Read more in this weeks issue.

 

Linesville makes Pachuk building payment
Written by David Schaef

Meeting in special session on Tuesday, May 5, Linesville Borough Council with 5 members present, council persons Randy Kovisto and Holly Miller absent as well as Mayor Barry Chapin, council voted to pay $70,200 towards the demolition of the Pachuk Building on its main street which has had the debris hauled away, the lot filled and work being done on two damaged windows on the house to the back of the building, along with siding repair up into the second floor, and sidewalk repairs being done, both along side the building on North Mercer Street, and in front on Erie Street.

A problem with the well that sat between the building and former gas station was noted. The 105 foot well [from the basement floor], despite a report elsewhere that a well was discovered, the well was known to be there throughout the process, and had not been capped and sealed previously, was filled in during the process overseen by a certified well inspector.

Some gas was smelled in the area but working with reps from County Fair/United Refinery, the matter was taken care by completing filling in the well casing with a limestone/gravel type material that fills in and absorbs water - according to DEP regulations.

Laura Deal made motion to pay the $70,200 with Deal, Kevin McGrath, Mike Heaney, and Tom Deighton voting yes, and Randy Uplinger casting a no vote.

Read more in this weeks issue.


For additional details about these stories , as well as the headlines noted below, please purchase a Monday, May 11, newspaper at area locations or a digital download of the paper.

  • LHS Class of 1950 gathering! Page 2!
  • West Fallowfield supervisors meet! Page 16!
  • Valley Fireman’s Carnival canceled - Page 21!

 
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