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Bedford County Inquirer (Newspaper) - January 14, 2005, Bedford, Pennsylvania Established 1812 192nd year 22 january 2005 uses 04772000 single copy 75 cents a Crew from John Claycomb excavation in new Enterprise works to dig up a Trench for water and sewer lines and to level out a piece of ground behind the former Bedford county John Claycomb is operating the track Hoe and Dick is working the skid when the ground is the county will move a new modular building onto the space for the tax assessment county project under Way by Elizabeth Coyle Gazette staff writer workers began excavating this week and installing sewer and water lines to Hook up a new modular building that will House Bedford county tax the latest step in the county move toward consolidated office Claycomb excavating of new Enterprise will probably work another Day or so in preparing a space for a modular building that will be Home for the assessment office for at least 18 months at the rear of the former Bedford county jail in Bedford the work will include level ing out the space and tying in the water and sewer lines into the jail which currently houses Bedford county plans Call for demolition of most of the Back half of the Lyons also formerly known As Timmins where the county tax assess tax children and services and judges office and Chambers Are local commissioners chairman Steve Howsare said he hoped that the modular unit will be moved in on the commissioners approved a lease for the unit with Edward leasing of Windber for per month for 18 the agreement would continue on a month month basis after the commissioners Are plan Ning a three Story Structure that attaches the rear of the courthouse to a rebuilt Lyons a project estimated at Between million and the commissioners saw a plethora of failings in the Lyons and other buildings when they toured it last Janu shortly after two of the commissioners were newly sworn a part of rot Ted floor in the office at the Lyons gave Way in the fall of during the officials saw Asbestos flaking off pipes and exposed wires and cracked plaster throughout the coun Tys aged most of which were constructed in the the commissioners agreed to pay Penn ecosystems of lock Haven to conduct a hazardous materials investigation of the court House and two annexes which serve As offices for the treasurer and veterans the inquiry will help Poten tial demolition contractors pre pare bids for removal of Lead and at least one fuel storage tank Between the courtyard and the this investigation is so shoot Way so bidders dont get hit with costs they we rent Howsare the study is expected to take two to three officials the commissioners also approved to authorize Cut laboratories to provide a plan to add necessary subsurface grouting to solidify the ground under the new Struc project manager Fred Mel Lott of Dobson and fore Man said the bids will Call for a contractor to Drill holes where a kind of Grout will be pressure pumped into the holes to give a firmer base continued on Page 8 school joins county on appeals by Elizabeth Coyle Gazette staff writer standing up for its assess ments of five disputed com Mercial properties Cost the county an estimated a Price tag the bed Ford area school District seems willing to help officials said the Bedford county com missioners said they Are ready to sign a contract with 21st Century appraisals of greens Burg if the school District is willing to share the Cost of the court Challenge that Walmart and three other property own ers Are putting up against what they Are calling unfair property commissioners chairman Steve Howsare said the county will continue to negotiate with Walmart and the other prop erty Walmart is appealing its assessments for its distribution Center in Bedford town ship and store in Snake Spring three other property owners Robert owner of the former state police Barracks in Snake Spring township Donald Rug owner of office building at the Bedford county Busi Ness Park and Robert owner of the new state police Barracks property in Bedford also have filed Law suits against the each of the property owners appealed their assessments in october but the commission ers denied those three of the challenges May be worked out through Degoti Howsare he declined to identify which of the he referred if Walmart were to win its the property taxes would drop by to Bedford schools for the store and for the distribution Center and to the county for the store and for Walmart con tends that its distribution Cen Ter is valued about Mil lion too the townships of Bedford and Snake Spring also would lose out on hundreds of tax dollars As commissioner Dick Rice said he hoped All of them would be settled before any court appearances Are Neces Patrick superintendent of the Bedford area school said he will recommend to the school Board that the District pay half the Cost up to a maximum Dol Lar weve been in this situation before where we fought the appeals and shared the Crawford he said at least twice the District paid for the appraisal of the contested property the information needed to deter mine whether the suit could be the District Doest have to participate at All but Rice said the District has stepped up its the responsibility of the county to do the the District has been Good to continued on Page 8 weather leaves Blue Knob Snow less by Danielle Hart Gazette staff writer Blue Knob this the unseasonal weather has created unfriendly Winter conditions for skiers and tubers alike at the Blue Knob All sea sons resort and surrounding ski we were trying to make Snow ast night ground was top wet and above said Aaron ski patrol rental shop Ina Nager and Maint Nence due to the warm tempera Tures and the ski slopes shut Down on he added that the resort will probably reopen somewhere after 13 or the Jet Stream is supposed to change directions around which will help to bring colder tempera the ski slopes originally opened before with the Snow tubing area ready on Christmas eight of the 30 slopes were open for we had really Good conditions up until new years Claar but last saturday and it was like Spring we had kids in shorts and with Only seven of 31 slopes seven Springs Mountain resort in Somerset county is also trying to Deal the weather Robert Duppstadt a spokesman for seven Springs Mountain resort in Somerset said the resort is showing complimentary having roller skat ing parties and offering other special kids programs while the weather is less than Ideal for before the Spring like weather both Blue Knob and seven Springs enjoyed crowded and Busy slopes during the week Between Christmas and new fears we had a pretty Good Christmas Claar both parking lots were they were really Good Days the conditions were to make the most opportune conditions include cold temperatures and the lower the humidity the better especially As warm As the ground is Claar As soon As we get cold weather get the cold to stay for three Well be Able to make he if these conditions 75 per cent of the slopes will continued on Page 8 school panel hears tax info by Sharyn Maust Gazette associate editor a new task intended to help Bedford area school Board Chart its course through the states Homeowner tax Relief met for the first time tuesday to learn about the staggering procedures that go with trading property taxes for Slot machine by the end of the states 501 school districts have to decide whether to opt into act which will provide Slot Money for lowering school taxes for Home and farm own with the act comes of 1 percent increase in earned income or wage but it also could mean More than that or a shift to person Al income the act also puts limits on schools property tax increases and provides for voter referendums on some financing Bedford area school Board decided it needed More input from the Community and invited most with government or financial Back to join a task it also has hired a Penn state Bill to crunch numbers for the Dis and he will make a presentation at a town meeting on the task forces first meet ing was devoted to an overview of act its the most significant change in Public Educa Tion funding in Pennsylvania history since the said superintendent Pat assistant superintendent Glenn Thompson said the task Force is being asked to get a feel for How the segment of the Community you represent will be he added that there will be confusion and some disgruntled for some Are already looking for tax Relief at least a year and half before Slot machines Are in place and produce enough Revenue to provide any and some think it will automatically mean a refund which is not homeowners and farm owners have to apply for an exclusion before March 1 if the first tax reduction should show up in the amount owed on their 2006 school tax the tax Relief applies Only to the owners primary residence in other the place the owner lives at least 50 percent of the landlords and renters cant get neither can there also is the belief that schools get More Money from the for its a the Money goes to tax Relief and it will probably Cost Thompson chief county assessor Melissa Roy told the task Force that far More property owners have applied than did under the states first attempt to continued on Page 5 committee posts Bill Shuster by Elizabeth Coyle Gazette staff writer Bill Shusters lobbying efforts paid off in a big Way not just once but twice this week As he landed a sub committee chairman ship and a spot the House armed ser vices com a position he had eyed since he was first Shuster of the ninth said in a Media teleconference Friday that he waged a mini Campaign among his Republican colleagues and leaders since his election in May of 2001 to get a seat on the armed services Shuster stepped up to take strips to Iraq and Kosovo and kept informed on the issues regarding intelligence and other mat ters the armed services committee i will be one of the very few members in Congress that will be on the cutting Edge of military policy Mak he adding he hoped to shape the future of he defense Shusters districts includes letter Kenny depot army depot and the army War col lege in letter Kenny surely will be a target when Congress considers to close More military bases As it did in the fellow House member and pennsylvanian Curt Weldon was his chief thus Ter the person that was the tip of the Spear for me is Curt the vice chairman of the armed services commit he was my Champion As Well As the Tom thus Ter Shuster also May have gained More favor As he aligned himself with commit tee chairman Duncan Hunter against president Bush in the push to pass intelligence Reform last said he Hopes he can use his new clout to attract defense contracts in the he also said that he Doest believe there is a need for More troops in saying that the military on the continued on Page 5 Bedford Lucky again by the Gazette staff Bedford county was relatively unscathed by the wintry mix of ice and rain that caused Power outages or flooded roads and basements for other areas of the Everett fire department was called out to pump a base ment in West Providence town ship thursday afternoon but it was Only after a pump stopped Gwen Secretary for Everett Borough said bloody which caused damage late last summer when it Over stayed in its emergency management coordinators in typically High water areas reported no prob in io6king gout my Back window at wills Creek and its holding its said Michael emergency coordinator for Londonderry the which flows past Hynd had crested by mid after most of the concerns Are for upper wills Creek which drains the mountains of Somerset Long didst hear of any problems from that part of the township East Clair townships creeks held their own As reported Charles Pensyl emergency coordinator six mile run fire chief Tim Hinish said i company didst receive any Calls for pumping or other storm related prob Bedford fire chief Rocky Fetter said his company received Only one that was on wednesday for a base ment of an 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