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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - September 5, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                INSIDE TODAY SPORTS; Tommy Maddox named No. 2 QB BUSINESS: HP deal will create tech giant TOftf lliHi fHtIEififlSOS'w F I CJ _ New Mirror feature V- highlights bands, cheerleaders Copyright 2001 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2001 500 newsstand Altoona brokers project accord Authority agrees to keep Pleasant Village and pay the city over the next 10 years. BY WILLIAM KIBLER Staff Writer The Altoona Housing Authority has approved a settlement pro- the city to end their 2 year dispute over who owns the Pleasant Village housing project. The tentative agreement would allow the authority to keep the 120- unit project on Pleasant Valley Boulevard for a price: per year for 10 years, authority Exec- utive Director Dan Farrell con- firmed when called at home Tuesday evening. The city still must ratify the set- tlement, Councilman Ron Reidell said. The settlement ends a court fight that began after the project's 50-year construction bond expired at the end of 19911, triggering a clause that allowed the city to take over the property for a nominal payment. The authority first asked Blair County court to rule'on the issue, arguing state law doesn't allow the authority to get rid'of it still needs. But the court ruled against the authority, saying the city should get Pleasant Village in keeping with a plain reading of the bond agreement. The authority appealed to Commonwealth Court, where a three-judge panel ruled in its favor by saying the 1918 authority couldn't have known whether the 1998 author- ity would have needed the project Since then, the city has asked the full Commonwealth Court to hear the case, according to a different informed source who 1'efused to be named. There have been five or six offers and counteroffers since the dispute began, according to the source. They tended to become more com- plicated as time went on. A year ago, the city proposed that the authority pay million to keep the project. The authority countered with an offer to pay million during 11 years and annually instead of taxes, while making million in improvements during a shorter period. Please see A7 CAMBRIA COUNTY FAIR Mtlefl: r% Ethan Itle-Szpala, 3, of Loretto tosses a ping pong ball toward his target as he and his aunt Carolyn I tie try to win a goldfish at the Cambria County Fair Tuesday. Below: Fairgoers (from top left, clockwise) Jessica Workman of Gallitzin and Eric Williams, 8, Shelby Williams, 11, and Jean Williams, all of Lilly, take a ride above the midway. Mirror photos by Jason Sipns Food, fun attracts thousands BY LINDA HUUKINS For the Mirror EBENSBURG Holland helped his granddaughter, year-old Destiny Langton, work up enough courage Tuesday to hop on a bright red train at the Cambria County Pail-. For Holland, a former Altoonan who lives in Louisiana, the trip to the fair- was like going back in time to the mid- way, agriculture barns, bright lights and spicy foods that have been staples at the American Legion Fairgrounds for 110 years. For Destiny, though, it was as new as the brand-new rabbit bam where she Please see A7 License's rejection appealed Boston Concessions is asking Blair County court to overturn Lakemont Park liquor decision. BY KAY STEPHENS Staff Writer HOLUDAYSBURG Logan Township's denial of a liquor license request for a food concessionaire at Lakemont Park is being appealed. Boston Concessions is asking the Blair County Court of Common Pleas to strike down the supervisors' unanimous decision to block a license transfer that would have payed the way for beer and wine sales at catered events in the park's picnic pavilion area. The court is expected to review the dispute at an Oct. 1 hearing. Boston Concessions contends the township must approve a transfer request unless doing so would adversely affect the welfare, health, peace and morals of a municipality or its residents. "There is no substantial, relevant, competent evi- dence on the record of the public hearing to support the finding by the board [of supervisors] that the trans- fer would adversely affect the welfare, health, peace and morals of the Robert Donaldson, the food provider's attorney, wrote in his appeal. But in a letter to Boston Concessions written on behalf of Logan Township, solicitor Larry Clapper referred to testimony from the township's July 26 meeting and other records as providing the basis for rejecting the transfer. Please see A4 BEDFORD COUNTY Skating park wins reprieve BY BETH N. GRAY For the Mirror BEDFORD Skaters and bicyclists got a reprieve Tuesday night when Bedford Borough Council agreed to reopen the skate park at Fort Bedford Park at least temporarily. Matthew Lenk, 19, one of a half-dozen local teens who worked with the council in establishing the park four years ago, was joined by about 25 supporters in plead: ing with the council to reopen the park that was closed last week because of safety, liability insurance, van- dalism and sanitation concerns. Please see A12 POLITICS See more coverage, Pages A5, C1 C3 U.S. House resumes 1 07th session today BY ROBERT IOOE StaffWriter With their monthlong district work sessions over, local congressmen are taking Interstate 270 south to finish this year's session of the 107th Congress. The House of Representatives is scheduled to resume at 2 p.m. today to take up many unresolved issues. While it is unlikely that all of these Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7-180 or (800) 287-4480 issues will be settled before Congress' scheduled Oct. 5 adjournment, the key focus will be the budget. Experts say debate over President Bush's budget proposal always a center of dispute will be especially heated in light of projections that the federal government will have to bor- row billion from the Social Security surplus to balance the budget. Please see A5 DOME-COMING Tlie U.S. House ol Representatives resumes its first session ot the 1D7th Congress today, while Hie Senate began their session Tuesday. Several key issues are In committee, which means tiiat both the House and Senate have passed their versions of the bills and are working to come to a compro- mise bill for President Bush to consider: budget patient's rights bill education bankruptcy reform Other bills, which have passed the House but not the Senate, include: (arm relief "fast track" trade negotiation The first session is slated (o end Oct. 5 for both houses. Portage father faces charges in death of 6-month old son From Mirror staff reports 31 -year-old Portage in an was released from prison Tuesday night after post- ing bail on charges filed in connection with the death of his 6-month old son. Samuel Burda faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of a child and recklessly endangering another per- son after the death of Joseph Burda at their residence, 713 Branch St. Samuel Burda was arraigned Tuesday after- noon at the office of District Justice Galen DeCort, who set bail at Burda eventu- ally posted the required amount and was released from the Cambria County Prison. Burda couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday even- ing. Although neighbors in this community were uncertain of what occurred, the incl; dent was the talk of the town Tuesday night. Portage police Officer Judy King said the child died as a result of suffocation, anrj Burda's consumption of alco- hol played a role in the alleged crime. The child was found Monday morning by his mother, who was returning from work. Burda I Lottery numbers, A 2 Mostly sunny, Forecast, A2 .Mirror pp oo oo B Bucks Business Mpvjes___ Opinion A9 A12 A8 Local ____ Scoreboard B4 6s Ld NATION j Classifieds C3-1 2 Comics ____________ D5 Community news D2 Puzzles _D4 television A major eleclrica! problem in the Mirror's pressroom caused a four- hour delay in printing and delivering Tuesday's edition. We would like to apologize la our readers for the delay and than kail our carriers and motor route drivers for their patience.   

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