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Ebersole said Tuesday that the preliminary estimate was $32,000. 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 resolution allowing the Blair County7 Industrial Development Authority to issue up to $3 rn OI ion in tax-exempt bonds for development of an industrial park in Greenfield Township. The 100-acre industrial park will be the site of a w arehouse 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 bu Od the warehouse as a distribution site serving convenience stores in five states. Claysburg road to be closed Saturday HOLLIDAYSBURG - Blair County7 commissioners agreed to close County Road 101, from Walnut Street to Atlantic Street. Claysburg, from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday for the Claysburg-Kimmel annual homecoming parade. Heat system trouble yields bill HOLLIDAYSBURG - Blair County commissioners said contractors have been working on temperature control efforts in the Stouffer wing of the Valley View Nursing Home. Commissioner John J. Ebersole said that on extremely cold days, the temperature in the newest wing of the nursing home has dipped to 68 degrees. Commissioners Tuesday morning paid a $550 bill to WAE Balancing, Inc. for air and water flow test data. The county installed an underground geothermal heating and ventilation system 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 out,” Ebersole said. Compiled by Kay Stephens Solicitor Merle Evey announces retirement By Kay Stephens Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County’s longtime solicitor is retiring at the end of the year. Merle K. Evey, who became county 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 practice,” said Evey who turns 70 this month. Blair County’s three commissioners, who have worked with no other county solicitor than Evey, said Evey will be missed. “He’s one of a kind," 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 county solicitor. “[Dorezas] has done a lot of municipal work, for the borough and for the school district,” 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 fine,” Ebersole said. “And that was Merle’s recommendation.” Evey, a tall, lanky, neatly-groomed attorney who traditionally 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 unexpectedly 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 meetings involving county solicitors from other counties, he finds he has become the familiar face. “It seems many counties are changing solicitors every four or eight years, depending on the politics,” 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 day," 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 with,” Gority said. Eichelberger refers to Evey as a legend. “When I was growing up,” Eichelberger said, “[Evey] was one of the few recognizable attorneys. And he was the epitome of an attorney. Very well respected.” Both Gority and Eichelberger pointed out that in addition to Evey, the county has come to rely on attorneys 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 appreciate 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 Stephens can be reached at 946-7456. Tyrone Council rejects bids for City Hotel Park By Walt Frank Staff Writer TYRONE - Borough Council members rejected bids for construction 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 $456,500, the lowest of seven received for construction of the park at the comer of Pennsylvania Avenue and 10th Street. Approximately $209,000 is available for the project from the proceeds of the sale of Sprint stock anonymously donated to the borough, “We have decided to go back to the drawing board,” Mayor Pat Stoner said. “We have to make some changes so we can build the park.” The project became more expensive when it was learned that a new wall would need to be constructed rather than using the existing wall. Plans had called for replicating the 147-year-old City Hotel building, 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 alternatives, 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 be reached at 946-7467. ;

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