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Bedford County Inquirer (Newspaper) - July 17, 1981, Bedford, Pennsylvania Combined with the Everett Republican established 1812 166tk year 49 Bedford Republican july 1981 uses 047720 single copy ten cents fort Bedford inn proposed for housing under proposal by Bedford county housing the port Bedford inn May be converted to elderly the Bedford landmark Hai been cleared Alnee Everett school votes for tax anticipation loan in a move toward better fiscal the Everett area school Board in special session monday night voted to borrow million and invest it in certificates of Deposit that could return a according to the the loan is in the for of a tax anticipation note at 11 percent interest from the first National Bank of them Neyr explained District superintendent Rodney will be reinvested with the same Bank in savings certificates with an or percent interest depending on the amount invested for six months or a the higher rate of return is possible because the transaction is Kuhns state Law local government unit debt act permits a school District to borrow in anticipation of tax receipts and other incoming up to 85 percent of that with the loan to be repaid at the end of the school by borrowing Early in the fiscal the District has More funds to invest than otherwise might be and the Cash flow situation becomes much More he school systems normally experience a Cash flow deficit from month to some meet the problem by drawing from a Large starting balance or by taking out monthly Loans in order to meet payroll and other part of the situation is that Large amounts of state sub for j arrive every four months with the largest payment commonly coming at the end of the school continued on Page 8 by Mike Coburn the fort Bedford which has stood vacant since could be revived As a 55unlt elderly housing according to a proposal made to Bedford Borough Council Robert Harbaugh and Orant representing the Bedford county housing requested councils endorsement of the project As an initial step toward the application for funds from the Federal department of housing and Urban development to Purchase and renovate the former which has been a Bedford landmark for Over 60 the housing authority executive director said the current proposal Calls for the reconstruction of the upper three floors of the hotel to provide about 55 one bedroom and two bedroom apartments for elderly of and minor cosmetic work to restore the exterior of the we could preserve the inn in the near Harbaugh told because everyone knows its going downhill pretty the inn was operated As a hotel for the past year and a half by John who relinquished the property to former owner James Fungaroli this the hotel has been closed since Harbaugh said the authority has not yet formalized an option to Purchase the hotel from corps of engineers and conservation personnel gather at weavers Bridge near Saxton to Survey the buildup of Silt in the upper end of Ray town the Sand bar Here extends visibly about feet on the inner Edge of the Rivers curve and is now growing Green grass and some estimates say the siltation level in the Lake in already past the 100 year Silt plagues Ray town Lake by Nancy by Saxton when it Rains heavily in Bedford county the streams run yell Wbrown with and 40 Miles where the Juniata becomes Ray town the water is still this Over a few Short has already produced a Sand bar in the upper end of the just beyond where the Slack water each rainstorm brings additional tons of if nothing done to Stop the the sediment will continue to build up and the Lake will gradually to clod according to conservation its hard to believe a Lake the of Ray town could fill up with hut it observed Ron Tibbott of us Pennsylvania of Tab he made the trip to Ray town from the fisheries environmental Section in pleasant map to join with other con and army corps of Sii Zeevi off cuu in Over situation firsthand Biily we have a said Robert Ray town Lake finding the exact or of the trouble will require More detailed study by the but information so far Points to primarily bobs and Dunnings we have information from the Broad top said but we believe its from farther up the watershed than it must be coining from Bedford said Carol executive assistant of the Bedford county conservation the evidence is there after any substantial this Spring was exceptionally observed Ray town Lake maintenance chief Keily there some real the group also included Robert a Lutes and Donald directors of the Bedford county conservation District Aon Phelps and Wei Ramsey of the soil con continued on Page a Lake administrator Robert and Robert Williams of a director the county Chic Mottoa discuss Aerial photos i that Wuu ams took a Mouth at Tor noticing he could no longer launch a Canoe in one of us favorite spots because of sediment councils approval of the project is the first he in the process to secure Hud after Council votes to endorse the Harbaugh Hud representatives will examine the inn and review the proposal before giving a godhead to proceed with the the housing authority at its May meeting discussed plans to Purchase and renovate a Large vacant Structure in Bedford Borough As either a Low income family housing project or an elderly until authority members had refused to identify the Structure As the inn because of their policy not to reveal details of business dealings with private in authority member William Masterson reported last month that he had discussed the project with Borough officials who were willing to Back an elderly housing but not Low income Public in his proposal said the authority plans were now strictly for an elderly who is the authority told Council the building is feasible for he said that Large areas on the ground floor such As the ballroom and dining areas could be made into Community facilities for senior and that the laundry building could be torn Down to provide More parking Nicklas also noted there was an interest on the part of some private individuals to lease and operate the inns in response to councils questions concerning Security for residents and maintenance of the proposed Nicklas replied if Hud approves funding for the it will be owned and operated by the housing authority on the same terms As the authority current elderly projects in Saxton and Nicklas said because of the size of the proposed it would be almost imperative to have a liven manager to respond to residents the 20unit projects at Saxton and Hyndman do not have liven noting that there Are currently 75 applicants on the waiting list for elderly apartments at Mountain Valley apartments on East Pitt told Council the project was needed in the and that applicants would be no mayor Richard Letrent said that if the project were kept up and fixed up like Mountain it would be an asset to the it will free Homes for younger he Council agreed to support the proposed pending a study of the formal agreement which will be forwarded to Hud with preliminary applications for Harbaugh cautioned Council that the request for endorsement did not mean construction on the project would begin in the near i dont see anything happening for a year or i Harbaugh the next he Are to secure an option to Purchase the inn and to convince Hud that is feasible for in other Council refused a request from Manns Choice Borough for police Protection by the Bedford Borough police count men said the distance Between banns to too and Bedford made the requested Protection impractical Cor be Fords Small police Letrent also noted that Manns Choice would need assistance most during 1 continued on Page 8 someone out for a stroll amid Cooling Hes a member of the youth conservation in hard Hes shoving a Laden wheelbarrow along a Trail at Blue Knob state Story and additional Page 8 county controls future seems for now by Becky Rose the Issue of whether the services of county control would continue after Ceta funds expire in september was somewhat defused last week when the Bedford county commissioners decided to help pay the salaries of several employees after the Federal funds but the potential for controversy is still county control is the radio network which connects area fire and ambulance departments with a base which is Able to dispatch sound emergency and take last the county spent almost on the according to the annual but More than that came from the Ceta Public employment program to pay dispatchers a number of municipalities also help pay the systems one estimate had placed the annual operating Cost at around a figure the commissioners indicated in the past they Felt was too much for the county to Bear some of the emergency services using the system feared the county might drop it when Ceta funds expired at the end of commissioner Gary Ebersole had mentioned the possibility of a november ballot asking voters if they would favor a county tax if to fund the the commissioners agreed at their regular meeting tuesday to pay the salaries of the two employees now being funded by the Federal Ceta in addition to the three dispatchers already paid by the after county control director Legrand Perce submitted a plan to Cut the staff from eight employees to the commissioners Are still looking for additional Aid from the ont Ejob training out program to help pay the additional the salary problem could crop up again when out funds Perce has filed applications for the which is another Ceta sponsored out will pay approximately on half of the salaries of those employees now being paid by Ceta Public service employment funds after their current 18month eligibility period is this will extend for several months after the Ceta funds depending on the amount of training the dispatchers still but then the county will have to pay the full salaries of All five that situation will Likely occur Early next and will be a budget consideration for the commissioners this commissioner Ebersole had stated prior to tuesdays meeting that he was opposed to the county paying for the but he changed his position after Perce brought in what he called his Bare Bones plan of Ebersole indicated at the commissioners meeting that he believed that the second operator was pointing out that the state police handle their emergency Calls with Only one Perce said that the police had to handle Only one kind of but at county two dispatchers could handle things better if several continued on Page 5

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