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Leonardi Proposes Do Away with Transient Merchant License

From the Titusville City Council comes a proposal to eliminate the city's transient merchant license.  Instead, only standard business licenses would be issued. 

The proposal was floated at the end of Tuesday night's meeting by Council member Heather Leonardi.  She says confusion over the two kinds of licenses available to merchants in the past prompted her to make the suggestion. 

Last week, City Manager Larry Manross denied a special Event license application for the Annual Titusville Open Air Market lately located in Fleming Park along East Central Avenue at Diamond and South Martin Streets.  Manross cited concerns this year over safety and liability with regard to several concurrent construction and paving projects in and around Fleming park set for the same  time as  the Open Air Market normally operates between June and October. 

Manross said farmers would be able to sell homegrown produce at Schiede Park with paying a fee.  He conceded that technically, the farmers could set up at any city park with city manager permission.  Food, craft and other vendors would have been required to obtain a transient merchant license.  But in the past there has been confusion between a business license and a transient merchant license. 

Thus the proposal for a business license only for anyone doing business in the city.  According to city officials a transient merchant license could cost up to $200 a month.  A business license runs $100 per year the first year and as low as $60 every year thereafter. 

 

The proposal would require an ordinance amendment according to Manross.  He says he will present council with the amendment at the next council work meeting March 21.  Additionally Manross says he will draft a flyer to be distributed in the city water bills explaining the process of selling home grown produce or homemade products in a venue other than the Titusville open air market at Fleming Park.  The Titusville open air market committee will also continue to operate the open air market, but at an as yet unidentified private location.  

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Plans Available for Review for Venango County Bridge Replacement Project. Bridge to be replaced as part of Public-Private Partnership

Oil City, PA The community is invited to review plans regarding the replacement of a Venango County bridge included in the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. The plans display will provide important information including the construction schedule and traffic changes that are planned to take effect while the bridge is being replaced. 

Bridge:       Route 427(Bradleytown Road) bridge, spanning the West Branch of Sugar Creek in Plum Township (JV-16) 

Location:    Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department

458 Meadville Road, Titusville, PA 16354 

Dates:         February 27 through March 13, 2017 

Plans can be viewed by appointment by calling Jody Davidson at 814-758-0104 

A letter announcing the start of construction will be mailed out two weeks in advance to all project stakeholders. You will be given the opportunity to sign up as a project stakeholder at the Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department during the plans display period. 

This bridge is referred to as JV-16 and is one out 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 allows PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly, while achieving significant savings and minimizing impact on motorists.  

To view the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit www.p3forpa.pa.gov. Additional information on the project, the team and how to bid on the project can be found at www.parapidbridges.com  

 

Requests for special needs or accommodations to aid public participation at this facility should be directed to Jeff Rossi at 412-596-1832.   

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Governor Wolf Outlines Plan to Invest Additional $2.1 Billion for Highways and Bridges Through New Road MaP Program

Harrisburg, PA –  Governor Tom Wolf is announcing plans for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to invest more than $2 billion in roadway maintenance and highway and bridge capital projects over the next 10 years through its new Road Maintenance and Preservation (Road MaP) program. 

“We’ve made significant progress on our roadway and bridge needs and the Road MaP program will amplify our efforts statewide,” said Governor Wolf. “We’re bringing an even bigger focus to our interstates and to the lower-volume roads where many Pennsylvanians live and work.” 

The investments are being made possible due to legislative action in 2016 which caps the expenditures from the Motor License Fund going toward the State Police budget beginning with the 2018-19 budget and concluding with the 2027-28 budget. The program will see an additional estimated $63 million in the 2017-18 state fiscal year through Governor Wolf’s budget proposal of a $25 per capita fee for municipalities with exclusive State Police enforcement coverage. 

Of the capital-project investments, $500 million will be allocated to an Interstate preservation and reconstruction program, bringing that total program, begun in 2016, to $1 billion over the next 10 years. Another $600 million will go toward rehabilitation and reconstruction needs identified through the department’s district and regional planning efforts. 

Another piece of Road MaP is aggressively addressing relatively low-volume roads with a reinvigorated initiative to use recycled asphalt to preserve and upgrade the condition of these roads. Recycled Asphalt Paving (RAP), which repurposes materials from projects onto other roadways by mixing ground millings with oil, allows the department to pave less-traveled roads that otherwise wouldn’t be paved, or to reinforce roadway shoulders. 

RAP is an environmentally conscious method that saves the need to purchase new material, stretching dollars to impact more miles of secondary roadways. In PennDOT’s northwest region where RAP is being deployed, they estimate roughly $5.4 million in annual savings due to RAP usage. RAP will be an increased focus with PennDOT forces in Armstrong and Berks counties in 2017, with expanded usage occurring in 2018. 

“Our county staff have aggressively managed their budgets over the past decade to maximize maintenance dollars and Road MaP will allow us to better complement the vital work of our private-sector partners to improve our transportation system,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. 

The savings achieved through county staff’s innovation and efficiency efforts have laid the groundwork for Road MaP to make the biggest impact with department and private-sector work. Roughly 75 percent of the department’s total highway and bridge investments go to the private sector and Road MaP’s maintenance component ensures that department forces and industry partners can continue and expand vital maintenance improvements. 

Road MaP addresses large needs on the 40,000 PennDOT-maintained miles. Specifically, the Interstate program will address the issue of more than half of the state’s Interstates being out of cycle for reconstruction, which should be considered every 40 years. Of the 2,691 department-maintained Interstate bridges, nearly 40 percent have exceeded their original 50-year design life and 44 of them are older than 65 years. 

In addition, of the roughly 18,000 miles of PennDOT-owned, low-volume roadways, 24 percent haven’t had structural resurfacing in more than 20 years. Of the PennDOT-maintained roads that aren’t Interstates or on the National Highway System, 27 percent are rated as “poor” on the International Roughness Index, which rates pavement smoothness. 

The department estimates that Interstate reconstruction costs roughly $2.6 million per lane mile, or $5.2 million if the segment mile of Interstate has two lanes. Resurfacing one mile of two lanes of interstate in one direction of travel costs roughly $1 million. On lower-volume roads, per-mile costs are roughly $24,700 to seal coat, $101,400 to resurface and $910,000 to rehabilitate. 

“We’re well aware that many Pennsylvanians are dealing with very old roads that sorely need repairs, and Road MaP is one way that we’re going to fix our connections within communities and to other states,” Richards said. “With this initiative we’re telling our customers that we’re using these new investments to better maintain and preserve our massive roadway system – the fifth-largest in the country.” 

Road MaP, with its additional resources making more contracts and department maintenance work possible, means that all maintenance projects listed in Act 89’s Decade of Investment will be completed by 2028. As of late February, more than 70 percent of projects accelerated or made possible by Act 89 were completed, are underway, or are on the department’s four or 12 year plans. The projects are viewable at www.projects.penndot.gov. 

 

More information on Road MaP is available at www.penndot.gov on the “Act 89 Transportation Plan” page.

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The Titusville Senior Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 – 4.

Lunch is served each day, at noon, for those aged 60 and over.  Suggestion donation $2.

Please call at least one day in advance to make lunch reservations at (814) 827-9134. 

Monday, March 6:  Oreo Cookie Day!  Stop in for Oreo’s & Milk!

Noon ~ Lunch, Pork Chop with Scalloped Potatoes 

Tuesday, March 7:  10am ~ Healthy Steps in Motion exercise class ~ FREE

Noon ~ Lunch, Stuffed Pepper Casserole with Whipped Potatoes

12:45 ~ “GREEN” Bingo ~ All CASH Prizes!  Plus our regular $25 Jackpot! 

Wednesday, March 8:  9am ~ Shopping Trip to the Christmas Tree Shops in Erie

Noon ~ Lunch, Chef Salad with Noodle Soup 

Thursday, March 9:  10am ~ Healthy Steps in Motion exercise class ~ FREE

Lucky Luncheon Silent Auction ~ Bring a few extra dollars with you to take a chance on winning some fun prizes!

Noon ~ Lunch, Italian Meatball Hoagie with Seasoned New Potatoes 

Friday, March 10:  Noon ~ Birthday Luncheon, Potato Crusted Fish with Macaroni & Cheese and Stewed Tomatoes

12:45 ~ “Leprechaun” Bingo ~ Fun Prizes, plus our regular $25 Jackpot! 

The Titusville Senior Center is again hosting the AARP Tax Aide Program.  You can schedule an appointment to have your Federal, State, and Local Taxes filed for FREE.  There is no age limit, and there are no income limits.  However, the program cannot file taxes for those who are self-employed, have rental income, or farm income.  Appointments are scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays now through April 12.  For more information, or to schedule your FREE appointment, call the Titusville Senior Center at (814) 827-9134. 

Make your reservations now for a day of shopping and dining at the Strip, Pittsburgh’s Historic Market District on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.  Cost is $30.  The charter bus will leave Titusville at 8:00 AM, returning at 6:00 PM.  This trip is open to all ages.  For more information, or reservations, call the Titusville Senior Center at (814) 827-9134.  Hurry, this trip fills fast! 

 

The Titusville Senior Center is located at 714 East Main Street at the Titusville Community Center in Burgess Park.  For more information call (814) 827-9134, or visit us online at www.goseniors.org.

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Brogan Says for University System Everything is on the Table

Pennsylvania’s state university system needs a major shake-up to remain solvent, the commonwealth’s top higher education official said last week.

“Everything has to be on the table,” Frank Brogan, chancellor of the State System of Higher Education, told the Senate Appropriations Committee during a hearing on the system’s budget. “If sacred cows are created along the way, they will stack up … and nothing will happen.”

The need for change, Brogan said, is urgent. Facing a years-long decline in enrollment and tuition income, as well as squeezed budgets, the system is struggling with a roughly $60 million deficit, he told senators.

 

As part of his $32.3 billion budget proposal, Gov. Wolf has asked for an $8.9 million boost for the system’s 14 universities, to $453 million. But that's just a fraction of what the system has said it needs after years of largely stagnant funding under the previous administration.

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Land Acquisitions, Energy Deals Highlight Meeting Donations Add To Game Lands

Pennsylvania’s system of state game lands would grow by more than 50 acres, thanks to two land donations approved today by the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners. 

One tract – located in West Finely Township, Washington County, near State Game Lands 245 – was offered by Dr. David A. Celko.

 

Celko would retain the oil, gas and mineral rights associated with the 29.4-acre tract, which is mostly forested with mixed hardwoods, is traversed by Blockhouse Run and has a 5-acre scrub-shrub wetland complex. 

The other land donation – two tracts totaling 34 acres adjoining State Game Lands 43 in Warwick Township, Chester County – was offered by Natural Lands Trust. 

 

The forested tracts lie within the Hopewell Big Woods Important Mammal Area and the Hay Creek-French Creek Forest Block Important Bird Area. Access from the east is from a private drive off Pine Swamp Road, and from Laurel Road to the west.

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New Gas Deals To Result In Nearly $1.5m Bonus Payments

Energy-development agreements approved today by the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners are expected to result in nearly $1.5 million in bonus payments, which will be added to the Game Fund. 

 

Energy Corporation of America (ECA) has agreed to develop natural gas under approximately 370 acres beneath State Game Lands 223 in Greene and Cumberland townships, Greene County. 

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Reclamation Of Refuse Coal To Generate Revenue

The reclamation of refuse coal beneath about 23 acres of State Game Lands 332 in Indiana County could generate an estimated $1 million for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, based on an agreement approved today by the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners. 

Robindale Energy Services Inc., of Armagh, has agreed to remove an estimated 1.8 million tons of recoverable coal refuse material beneath the game lands. The six-year deal permits the company to occupy an additional 41 acres, as well. 

Mining will be regulated by the Commonwealth’s Mining Regulations and the Commission’s Standard Coal Refuse Reclamation Agreement. 

 

Learn more about the recent land acquisitions and energy deals. 

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