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Bedford County Inquirer (Newspaper) - March 30, 2007, Bedford, PennsylvaniaGazette Coyle looking South on old route 220 the relocated Highway is being carved into the Hillside to travel behind the bed Ford Springs hotel the Stone Nagels Mill is visible in the background at left there will be a connection Between the relocated Road and current one which will serve the hotel and Sweet Root Road Penn Dot says Springs Road on target continued from Page 1 called to a number of traffic accidents in those areas you cant blame accidents on the Road other than its added a lot of traffic cubby son said but there is an Issue of making sure emergency responders can get to the scene by the most direct and safest Means he said the detours for fire ambulance and police Means they have to travel Down route 220 and double Back or Cut through Bedford Borough to Back Springs Road cubby sons concern is for children who Are now playing outside especially in the heavily popu lated avenues within the Bor Ough Crews would always proceed with caution through the areas he said but if there is a major fire that necessitates fire and Ems at the hotel or anywhere out there youll have heavy fire and Sims equipment and police coming through residential sections b lives on Sweet Root Road so he is also impacted As a resident he and others on the Southern Side of the route 220 realign ment have had to Detour Down Back Springs Road which has seen an increase in traffic along with several other avenues near the project area John Holbert also lives on Sweet Root Road which runs beside the Springs Golf course and used to intersect with the old 220 at the Springs the million hotel restoration is also in its last months officials Hope that project will wrap up in june in addition to the hotel restoration and Golf course reconstruction occurring he and his neighbors also were required to tap into new municipal sewer and water lines the water system replaces one that served the Homes from a Springs Spring the Sweet Root properties did not have municipal sewer service Between hotel Golf course Road sewer and water construction life has been coated with dust and mud for several months in getting tired of it hol Bert said of the construction i think the Springs is going to look very Nice it looks like there doing it right and the Golf courses going to be Beautiful the bypass he said i think that was an awful mistake route 220 used to lie Between the hotel and the Golf course but funding was secured to have it moved behind the Springs project ill just be glad to get rid of the dust and mud Holbert new Enterprise Stone Lime co is still hauling rocks off the Hillside behind the Bedford Springs hotel said Penn Dot officials said during a Public meeting last year the route 220 project would about 600000 cubic Yards of soil to Cut into the Hillside and that some of the cuts would be As deep As 100 feet the dirt and Rock material is being hauled to a location behind the Bedford elks Golf course Wolfhope said the project is close to the Point where project will begin to look like a Road As Crews begin grading to come up with a Road base in the next couple weeks the bituminous Plant will be open in preparation for paving he said were working very hard we to meet the project requirements and having a May opening Wolfhope said Snake Spring groups argue Over turbines Friday March 30 2007 Bedford inquirer Bedford a 5 Bedford promotes continued from Page 1 Allegheny ridges spoke about the topics concern ing the risk wind turbines which May stand As High As 500 feet to animals and Birds particularly High flying raptors there is also a risk to the watershed she said each tur Bine will require a Large amount of excavation and deforestation which will significantly Impact the watershed noise can be a problem at night for residents who live near the turbines she said All these potential Environ mental problems Are not Worth the Energy the wind farms would produce she argued wind Energy int efficient and wont decrease the need for Coa powered plants or nuclear Energy she also noted a study saying that wind turbines of today could be an out Date technology perhaps within a couple decades Are we going to ruin our mountains our important Bird areas for something that could be obsolete in 10 years she said to the supervisors supervisor Charles Nycum commented any Energy source hurts the environment but it be better to have wind farms than another Coal Plant he asked there building More Power plants As i speak Jackson said and whether wind tur Bines Are built in the county would have Little Impact on that Dawayne Diehl township resident voiced his opposition to what he thinks could be ordinances overreaching property owners rights he took a slight Jab at Jackson who is from West Providence township i dont want her to come out of West Providence and Tell me what i can do on my property he said Anderson said the township should look Lon term at the Issue were Only on this Earth for a Short period of time and we have to be stewards of this land she said attorney Diehl stripped some language out of the original draft which was language More fitting of a nuisance ordinance and is hard to defend in court he said phrases such As unregulated wind Turbine generators create a potential Dan Ger to the Public and opera Tion and construction of Large wind turbines generators can be fairly characterized As an offensive business could easily be challenged Jackson inquired of Diehl whether he had a conflict of interest because he and Mem Bers of his family supposedly had been approached by a wind Energy company to lease some of the Ridgetop land they own Diehl said he would neither deny nor confirm the Rumor and comment during the meeting on a Persona mat Ter when he was at the meeting As the townships attorney he said after the meeting that if the supervisors feel they need another attorney to review the ordinance he would Welcome it he pointed out however that he didst draft the ordinance the committee did the committee planned to meet soon for a last look at the draft and its Likely the supervisors will advertise for a final Public review at the april meet ing Bedford twp advertises Turbine ordinance continued from Page 1 addressed the concerns of the average citizen of the county i Hope with the safeguards it will be viable to build Webb expects to have eight to 10 turbines on his ground and although there has been a raging debate about the num Ber of potential turbines he said plans Hes seen Are for 20 25 turbines on the whole Ridge the proposed ordinance requires demonstrated compliance with regulations such As the National pollutant dis1 charge elimination system the Pennsylvania natural heritage program dealing with protected threatened or rare species and the Federal wetlands regulations under the ordinance tur Bines must be set Back 15 times the Turbine height from a property line and 15 times the height from any occupied Structure whether on a participating or nonparticipating property five times the Hub height to the nearest occupied Structure of a nonparticipating landowner at least 2000 feet from any historic Struc Ture the setback is measured As a straight horizontal line As per surveyors methods according to the supervisors each individual Turbine will require a permit application to the township and All adjoin ing landowners must be Noti fied by certified mail if the landowner cant be located the township can waive that requirement the ordinance does Call for a Public hearing on permit applications some of those at tuesdays meeting questioned not put Ting the Cost of investigating complaints on developers and not asking for a share of the revenues solicitor Brad Allison said that As with investigating Many complaints the town ship will have to Bear some costs which might be recouped if the complaint landed in court and the town ship won there could be a fee schedule established but it is not part of the ordinance Gen eral provisions he noted he said he had looked into requiring a deeper Turbine but my View is that if you attempted to Levy a fee other than the Cost of reviewing the application you might be open to challenges i dont want to advise a client to Levy a fee per Turbine at this Point at least one township else where has approved a contract with a Turbine Developer to pay a fee and in Somerset county there was a Revenue sharing arrangement with one township although the Money can Only be used for Turbine related expenses or Community projects As approved by an outside foundation the Only provisions in the View shed Protection Section of the ordinance Calls for the Developer to make every reasonable Effort to minimize deforestation in cooperation with the township supervisors in the Overall site design and construction the word ing came from the advisory committee after looking at the comprehensive plan the plan talks about protecting Scenic vistas although there apparently Are no state Laws to Back that up and the town ship Hast embarked on any ordinances to support the plan Allison said the Only thing that might keep the turbines from spiking the top of ridges is the setback it the property Boundary is on the top of a Ridge the Turbine might have to be set lower he said the ordinance does include a provision to try to keep out invasive Plant species one meeting participant also wanted a Baseline sound study to be done at the developers expense Frazier told the speaker to put that request and any others in writing and submit them during the review period from Page 1 Thompson 54 has worked for the Bedford school District his entire career starting in january 1976 this is an Honor and i think Ive had a highly blessed career Thompson said later he is a 1970 graduate of bed Ford High school and started out to be a health teacher he did his undergraduate work at lock Haven followed by a Mas ters degree from West Virginia University and his pad from Perm state he taught first at Hyndman in health physical education and Drivers education and headed the Bedford area Edu cation association for three years then moved to being director of support services for the District which covered buses and buildings from there he was principal at the Bedford Middle school for nine years until moving up to the assistants Job in july 2002 Thompson said he liked every Job Hes held in the District thou cant beat the knowl Edge and experience of work ing your Way through the Vari Ous positions he said and Ive worked with great people he added Thompson said he sees the superintendents Job As facilitating everyone work i really enjoy working with people to solve problems and in the bed Ford District i think everybody is trying to do the Best Job they can he cited a number of Craw Fords Basic views hiring Good people focusing on staff development working hard on con tent emphasizing character development As Well As curriculum and finding ways to connect students with their Pas Sions whether math or Art so they find value in school its extremely important to care most about the child that is or Crawford stamp on the District and i cant ignore it its also critical to work hard at providing a Safe comfortable and healthy environment in the school its the first thing parents mention before they talk about what their children Are studying Thompson said he also noted that Over the next five years the District expects changes in about 20 percent of the current teaching staff so that will be a focus you have to prepare for transitions and i intend to be successful at this one Thompson said the District also now has two administrative positions to fill As of july Crawford said the opening for Bedford High school principal has already been advertised internally and externally seeking a successor to Kerry Barefoot now the same will be done with the assistant superintendents Job also at the meeting a District resident John Rafter questioned the Board on not being Able to review the proposed agreement Between the school District and the Bedford county commissioners on the reassess ment lawsuit Rafter said he was told the proposal was Public then told it could not be emailed to him at what Point does something become Public he asked Crawford said he was Soroja there was some misunderstanding about this last week the Board approved submitting the proposal to the ers the commissioners timetable for reassessment attached to the proposal but Crawford said that when he spoke to the districts attorney who is handling the lawsuit he was told that it proper procedure to be sure the other party had the documents first the proposal is basically a1 negotiation he said and we just walk it Down Street As wed first thought so the commissioners Arent expected to receive their copy of the proposed agreement thursday or Friday so it remains a lawsuit negotiation Rafter also questioned How the Board could vote on submit Ting the proposal without Ting Public comment Board president Royce Coughenour said that while Legal deliberations can be done in closed session weve open about this for we didst discuss this with the commissioners behind closed doors we did it in open at the february Agenda he noted that Agenda meetings Are always advertised for possible action As needed Rafter also questioned Why he get a copy of the Board agendas prior to meeting Crawford said he would prefer to discuss that Issue in a meeting himself and Rafter rather have a debate at the Board meeting Rafter suggested that agendas and meeting sum Maries might be posted on the District website in other action the Board the tentative Calendar for the next school year the first Day for students will be aug 28 final Day june 6 2008 Ridge selects from Page 1 will end on june 30 2010 at a base salary of its a great responsibility at a progressive school District Kimmel said after the meeting in seeing All the right things that you want to be part of Donald Allison Trudy Barefoot Ryan Emerick William Pataki and Connie Way voted for Kimmel while Annette Godissart Robert Sweet Robert Mickle and Shane Weyant voted against his employment Otis said nine applicants were whittled Down to Kim Mel Chestnut Ridge Assis Tant superintendent Brian Mcdermott and Chestnut Ridge Middle school Princi pal Dave Goodin the Board members voted their consciences Otis said when describing the close vote there going to work with anyone that the Bot Tom line Otis who will be retiring later this year is confident that Kimmel will continue the legacy of making a great school District even greater Kimmel graduated from Conemaugh township High school in Somerset county in 1989 and from Juniata College in 1993 where he played football wrestled and was on the track team since then he also spent time coaching these sports including most recently wrestling at Shad Central City High school he received his masters degree in educational Leader ship and his secondary principals certification from St Francis University in 1999 and his elementary Princi pals certification from Indi Ana University of Pennsylva Nia in 2002 prior to his stint at Shade Central City Kimmel was an assistant principal at Laurel Valley school in the Ligonier Valley school District in new Florence and before this taught at Cone Maugh township High school at Ridge Kimmel said hell have to adjust to the size and population of the school District which he said was three times larger than Shad Central City Kimmel said Hes looking Forward to working with the administration and staff members and of the students Hes excited be a Leader and wants to solve problems i had a Mentor help through my life and i certainly see the Benefit of that he said its More about helping others rather than helping myself its almost like an inner Corn pass he said he will use his Best skills of communicating others and being a great lis1 Tener the ultimate goal is for students and teachers both find Success he said Chestnut Ridge is now the third school District in the county to name a replace meat for a retiring pendent this year also on tuesday the Ford area school District school Board promoted Tant superintendent Glenn Thompson to superintendent after superintendent Pati Crawford retirement in june last month the Bedford county school dis1 strict welcomed superintend Dent William wades Sor Scott King of Martins Burg who coming from the Harmony area school District in Indiana and Clearfield counties Kimmel commented that the trend of new school District leaders extends throughout the appalachian intermediate unit 8 schools Kimmel is married and has two children Taya 5 and Natalie 3 his wife Tara is also an educator who works at the Center at the Conemaugh township High school its a Way of life for us he its something year round

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