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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - September 5, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Q LOCAL SORRY FOR TMI DELAYAltoona mirror© Copyright 2001    WEDNESDAY,    SEPTEMBER    5,    2001    500    newsstand INSIDE TODAYSPORTS: Tommy Maddox named No. 2 QB BUSINESS: HP deal will create tech giant Altoona brokers project accord ■ Authority agrees to keep Pleasant Village and pay the city $1.5M over the next IO years. By William Kibler Staff Writer The Altoona Housing Authority has approved a settlement proposed by the city to end their 2Vi-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: $150,000 per year for IO years, authority Executive Director Dan Farrell confirmed when called at home Tuesday evening. The city still must ratify the settlement, 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 1998, 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 property it still news. 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 1948 authority couldn’t have known whether the 1998 authority 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 refused 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 complicated as time went on. A year ago, the city proposed that the authority pay $2.5 million to keep the project. The authority countered with an offer to pay $1.1 million during ll years and $10,000 annually instead of taxes, while making $1.8 million in improvements during a shorter period. Please see Accord/Page A7 TTI'n New Mirror feature highlights bands, cheerleaders License’s rejection appealed ■ Boston Concessions is asking Blair County court to overturn Lakemont Park liquor decision. By Ray Stephens Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG - 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 paved 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. I 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 evidence on the record of the public hearing to support the finding by the board [of supervisors] that the transfer would adversely affect the welfare, health, peace and morals of the municipality,” 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 Liquor/Page 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 pleading with the council to reopen the park that was closed last week because of safety, liability insurance, vandalism and sanitation concerns. Please see Park/Page A12 Portage father faces charges in death of 6-month-old son From Mirror staff reports PORTAGE — A 31-year-old Portage man was released from prison Tuesday night after posting 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 person after the death of Joseph Burda at their residence, 713 Branch St. Samuel Burda was arraigned Tuesday afternoon at the office of District Justice Galen DeCort, who set bail at $20,000. Burda eventually posted the required amount and was released from the Cambria County Prison. Ii DELIVERY H Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7    22910    00050    4 *    !'! BIO FOUR 2    5    2    2 ■ Lottery numbers, A2mm wE«n«» . mf D sunny, 76° ■ Forecast, A2 ». Business    A9 Movies A12 Obituaries All Opinion A8 OI SPORTS t I $ Local B4 Scoreboard B5 C3 NATION Classifieds C3 •12 □ lot Comics D5 Community news D2 Puzzles D4 Television    D4 i A major electrical problem in the Mirror’s pressroom caused a four-hour delay in printing and delivering Tuesday’s edition. We would like to apologize to our readers for the delay and thank all our carriers and motor route drivers for their patience. CAMBRIA COUNTY FAIR A t left: A® Ethan Itle-Szpala, 3, of Loretto tosses a ping pong ball toward his target as he and his aunt Carolyn hie try to win a goldfish at the Cambria County Fair Tuesday. Below: Fairgoers (from top left, clockwise) Jessica Workman of Gallitzin and Erie Williams, 8, Shelby Williams, ll, and Jean Williams, all of Lilly, take a ride above the midway. Mirror photos by Jason Sipes Food, fun attracts thousands By Linda Hudkins For the Mirror EBENSBURG - Terry Holland helped his granddaughter, 4lA-year-old Destiny Langton, work up enough courage Tuesday to hop on a bright red train at the Cambria County Fair. For Holland, a former Altoonan who lives in Louisiana, the trip to the fair was like going back in time to the midway, 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 barn where she Please see Fair/Page A7 POLITICS 4 See more coverage, Pages A5, Cl, C3 U.S. House resumes 107th session today By Robert Igoe Staff Writer 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 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 borrow $9 billion from the Social Security surplus to balance the budget. Please see House/Page A5 Bucks DOMi-COMING The U.S. House of Representatives resumes its first session of the 107th Congress today, while the Senate began their session Tuesday. Several key issues are in committee, which means that both the House and Senate have passed their versions of the bills and are working to come to a compromise 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: ■ farm relief ■ “fast track" trade negotiation The first session is slated to end Oct. 5 for both houses. Burda couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday evening. Although neighbors in this community were uncertain of what occurred, the incident was the talk of the town Tuesday night. Portage police Officer Judy King said the child died as a Burda result of suffocation, and Burda’s consumption of alcohol played a role in the alleged crime. The child was found Monday morning by his mother, who was returning from work. ;

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