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Conneaut holding line on school taxes
Written by David Schaef
A public meeting held to update Conneaut School District residents Thursday evening at Conneaut Area Senior High revealed the district is holding to its effort to once again not raise taxes in the year to begin July 1.
Though there was poor turnout of residents - abut a dozen in attendance, nearly all with school district connections - business manager Greg Mayle reviewed work to date on the budget to begin July 1.
Expenditures are pegged at $39,565,618, with Mayle, Schools Superintendent Jarrin Sperry and budget committee members Jody Sperry, Dot Luckock, and David Schaef holding 7 budget committee meetings, reviewing 22 departments and 2,324 budget line items with more work to be done before preliminary approval of the budget in May and final approval in June.
Additional meetings are scheduled with staffing levels yet uncertain as are insurance rates and a final review of budget requests as expenses out weigh income at this point.
An expense the Conneaut District is taking on is a close to $250,000 effort to set up a welding class extension from the Crawford County Career & Technical Center [vo-tech] to be housed at Conneaut Valley Middle School with 10 new welding bays put in allowing for 20 additional students to be trained, the class overseen by the CTC.
Summit delays opening of building bids
Written by Roseanne Staab
Summit Township held the April public meeting with Supervisor Bill Agnew leading the salute to the American flag. Supervisors Lud Zarembinski and Jerauld Smith were in attendance and Secretary Cindy McCoy took the minutes. There were 6 citizens present.
Engineer Ashley Porter talked to the Board regarding the proposed new municipal building for the township.
Since that April 4, meeting, bids were put out for the new municipal building with bid opening planned for Thursday, April 27, but information since has seen the bid seeking extended and the bid opening date pushed back to May 15 - most likely due to a lack of bids coming in.
The new municipal building has a cost estimate of approximately $1.1 to $1.2 million and official talks continue about the possibility of the Harmonsburg Library being housed within the new structure.
The township will undertake two loans, one from the DCED for $100,000 and the other from Erie Bank for $900,000.
Wallace Avenue Bridge gets new life, to be replaced
Written by Roseanne Staab
The Conneaut Township Board of Supervisors held the April public meeting with George Greig leading the salute to the American flag. Timothy Greig and Josh Fusco were in attendance and Secretary Telce Varee took the minutes. There were 9 citizens present.
Secretary Telce Varee announced that meeting times are now changing for summer hours with the Board to meet in May at 6:00 pm.
The March meeting minutes and the payment of expenditures were unanimously approved.
For Public Comment, some citizens asked about the Wallace Avenue Bridge and its possible permanent closure.
Supervisor George Greig announced that he may have some positive news regarding that bridge.
He met with PennDOT’s Josh Montgomery and Project Manager, Tom Alcorn, and talked to them about losing that bridge, and he also mentioned Mackin Engineering.
Read more in this weeks issue.
- NEW ADAMSVILLE POST OFFICE COULD OPEN BY FALL! PAGE 19!
- SALUTING ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS!
- CS ALLEN AUCTION UPCOMING! PAGE 19!
CVE WINNERS - PEMA, along with their many sponsors, hosted a state-wide severe weather poster contest. The state poster contest winners were put on the ReadyPA Facebook and Twitter pages. Locally in Crawford County there were two winners from the same school. Two second graders at Conneaut Valley Elementary School in Conneautville, Katrina Cameron took 1st Place and Jacey Blood took 3rd Place; first place winners received $100 and third place $25.00. Also awarded were certificates. Presenting Certificates of Appreciation from the Crawford County Commissioners was, from left - Crawford County Department of Public Safety’s Deputy Director for EMA, Allen Clark, during a ceremony held in the gymnasium at the elementary school this past week. The poster theme this year was, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” A Certificate of Appreciation was also presented to Suzanne Weathers, CVE art teacher who had the entire second grade participate in this state-wide poster contest. PEMA is working with DCNR, PENNDOT, and PA Turnpike to have hundreds of the winning posters distributed to Pennsylvania State Parks, Forest Lands, Welcome Centers, and Rest Stops in April and May. The posters will be displayed in the summer, when outdoor activities and lightning are most prevalent, to remind people of the dangers of lightning. PEMA and related agencies are coordinators of emergency management services in the state and counties in the event of various emergencies from blizzards to hazards.
- Written by DAVID SCHAEF DAVID SCHAEF
- Created: 17 April 2017 17 April 2017
The Conneaut School Board, by 7-1-1 tally at its Wednesday, April 12,voting meeting passed a motion to seek the dismissal of a Professional Employee and to inform that employee of the scheduling of a board hearing to consider the dismissal.
The action came following an executive session of the school board members, its lawyer, and superintendent.
The hearing is also subject to any rights the employee may have to elect grievance arbitration in following Public School Code which means the employee may decide not to have a hearing before the board and go to arbitration.
No details of the situation were discussed in public - the motion passed confirming action taken by the Schools Superintendent at a point previously.
As would be typical in such cases, details of the Superintendent’s action would not be discussed even in the executive session as the school board, if a hearing is held before them, must act as jury.
Voting to schedule the hearing were Don Ellis, Jr., Jamie Hornstein, Kathy Klink, Cheryl Krachkowski, Dot Luckock, Tim McQuiston, and David Schaef. John Burnham voted no. Board president Jody Sperry was absent from the meeting with Luckock conducting the meeting.
Read more in this weeks issue.
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- SHOP LOCAL BUSINESSES! SUPPORT YOUR
- GREENHILL AUCTION UPCOMING! PAGE 24!
- MATTER OF BALANCE CLASSES
EASTER BASKET WINNER -Winner of the large Easter Basket given away by the Linesville Public Library was Jaime Barnes. Many entered the drawing, the drawing just one of many activities at the library. See page 12 for more happenings at the library.