Altoona Mirror, October 5, 2000, Page 11

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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - October 5, 2000, Altoona, Pennsylvania PageM Altoona Mirror BLAIR COUNTY Thursday, October COUNTY Road paving slated at Valley View park HOLLIDAYSBURG Blair County commissioners are expected to award a contract to HR1 Inc. of State College to pave a dirt road at Valley View County Park. HRI Inc. submitted a bid of and if its bid meets advertised specifications, the job will be awarded. Other bids were received from New Enterprise Stone Lime, and Grannas Brothers Stone Asphalt, Hollidaysburg, at Blair County Commissioner John J. Ebersole said Tuesday that the preliminary estimate was Funds for this work are expected to be paid for with money in the county's recreation accounts. Commissioners OK bond sale HOLLIDAYSBURG Blair County commissioners Tuesday authorized a resolu- tion allowing the Blair County Industrial Development Authority to issue up to million in tax- exempt bonds for develop- ment of an industrial park in Greenfield Township. The 100-acre industrial park will be the site of a warehouse planned by the Sheetz Corp. on what's referred to as the Claar- Walter farm near Champion Homes, close to the Sproul intersection of Interstate 99. Sheetz wants to build the warehouse as a distribution site serving convenience stores in five states. Claysburg road to be closed Saturday HOLUDAYSBURG Blair County commissioners agreed to close County Road 101, from Walnut Street to Atlantic Street, Claysburg, from noon to p.m. Saturday for the Claysburg-Kimmel annual homecoming parade. Heat system trouble yields bill HOLLIDAYSBURG-Blair County commissioners said contractors have been work- ing on temperature control efforts in the Stouffer wing of the Valley View Nursing Home. Commissioner John J. Ebersole said that oh extremely cold days, the tem- perature in the newest wing of the nursing home has dipped to 68 degrees. Commissioners Tuesday morning paid a bill to WAE Balancing, Inc. for air and water flow test data. The county installed an underground geothermal heating and ventilation sys- tem for the home when it built the Stouffer wing which opened in August 1998. "This is a new system for this area, so you're going to have some bugs to work Ebersole said. Compiled by Kay Stephens Solicitor Merle Evey announces retirement BY KAY STEPHENS StoffWriter HOLLIDAYSBURG Blair County's longtime solicitor is retiring at the end of the year. Merle K. Evey, who became coun- ty solicitor in 1978, said Tuesday that he plans to wrap up his work for the county at the end of December. "I'll still be in the office but I'm going to be doing estates, wills... a leisurely law said Evey who turns 70 this month. Blair County's three commis- sioners, who have worked with no other county solicitor than Evey, said Evey will be missed. "He's one of a Commissioner John J. Ebersole said. "There's only one Merle." Commissioners also said Tuesday that they expect to name Evey's partner, Michael Dorezas, as solicitor. has done a lot of munic- ipal work, for the borough and for the school Commissioner John H. Eichelberger said. Ebersole and fellow Commissioner Donna Gority said they also would support naming Dorezas to succeed Evey. "I think he'll be Ebersole said. "And that was Merle's recom- mendation." Evey, a tall, lanky, neatly- groomed attorney who traditional- ly wears a dark suit or dark sports jacket complemented by a neatly- folded white handkerchief in the left chest pocket, said he only was the fourth solicitor to serve Blair County during the past 80 years. He succeeded his law partner, Marion Patterson, who died unex- pectedly in 1978. Before Patterson, the county used attorney Robert Haberstroh until he became a judge and before that, the county used Haberstroh's brother, John, who also died while serving as solicitor. Evey says when he attends meet- ings involving county solicitors from other comities, he finds he has Evey become the famil- iar face. "It seems many counties are changing solici- tors every four or eight years, depending on the Evey said. Ebersole, who took office in 1984, said Evey has been the only solicitor he ever worked with and believes Evey has devoted a lot more time to county work than he is paid for. "When Bill [Stouffer] was here, he was on the phone talking to Evey every Ebersole said of his former colleague. Gority, who took office at the same time as Ebersole, said Evey always has worked hard to come up with what he felt was the best advice for the county. "He definitely was a class act, very methodical and a pleasure to work Gority said. Eichelberger refers to Evey as a legend. "When I was growing Eichelberger said, was one of the few recognizable attorneys. And he was the epitome of an attor- ney. Very well respected." Both Gority and Eichelberger pointed out that in addition to Evey, the county has come to rely on attor- neys in Evey's office who are assigned to assist county agencies and boards. With the law firm a block away from the courthouse, the commissioners said they appre- ciate the convenience of the firm. Evey was appointed county's solicitor for a four-year term when commissioners took office in January after being re-elected in 1999. If appointed to succeed Evey, Dorezas will serve the last three years of Evey's appointment. Mirror staff writer Kay can be reached at 946-7456. Tyrone Council rejects bids for City Hotel Park BY WALT FHANK StqffWriter TYRONE Borough Council members rejected bids for con- struction of the City Hotel' Park because they came in well above the amount of money available for the project. Lawruk Builders, Altoona, has submitted a bid of the low- est of seven received for construc- tion of the park at .the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 10th Street. Approximately is avail- able for the project from the pro- ceeds of the sale of Sprint stock anonymously donated to the bor- ough. "We have decided to go back to the drawing Mayor Pat Stoner said. "We have to make some changes so we can build the park." The project became more expen- sive when it was learned that a new wail would need to be con- structed rather than using the existing wall. Plans had called for replicating the 147-year-old City Hotel build- ing, which was demolished in spring 1999, on the standing walls of the abutting buildings owned by attorneys Ellen Wallace and Edward Newlin. Plans also called for a courtyard made of stamped concrete and the addition of trees, flowers, benches, a clock and maybe a fountain. Council members plan to meet with Pellegrini Engineers, who designed the park, to try and come up with some less costly alterna- tives, Stoner said. Stoner also plans to talk with the anonymous donor who provided the stock to see if it is possible to extend the completion date for the park. As a condition of the gift, the project was to be completed by Dec. 31. In other action council members: accepted a resignation from James Ramsay as a member of the Police Pension Committee; set trick or treat from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 26. Mirror staff writer Walt Frank can tie reached at 946-7467. ETHNIC FOOD FESTIVAL Altoona Area High School American Studies students taught by George Gluscic held an international village food festival Wednesday at the high school. The students researched their heritage in conjunction with studies of immigration and prepared ethnic food. At right: Janelle Mitchell, 10th grade, serves her grandmoth- er, Ida Prosper! of Altoona, Mirror jjhoto by J.D. 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