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Bedford County Inquirer (Newspaper) - May 20, 2005, Bedford, Pennsylvania Established 1812 192nd year 39 May 2005 uses 04772000 single copy 75 cents county office bids total million the proposed new county office building can be seen from this Angle behind the courthouse and the the rear of the Annex a no historic Addon will be torn Down for the by Elizabeth Coyle Gazette associate editor bid prices came in higher than first estimated but officials said tuesday they Arent surprised Given the current atmosphere in construction the Bedford county com missioners opened construction bids that put the Cost of the new office com plex at million when calculating the lowest i think we talked about to its a Little commissioner Dick if we had done this a year we probably would have been Down in million commissioners chairman Steve Howsare i think the general construction base bids were pretty the electrical work was higher than i the commissioners along with architect David Albright and consultants from Gwin Dobson Foreman engineers opened bids for four different contracts general construct ventilation and air conditioning and plumbing and officials noted that the con Crete alone has jumped from a cubic Yard a year ago to about per cubic Yard this add to that the significant increase in fuel prices and the project has at least two significant Cost jumps continued on Page 5 Vensel wins three Way county race More than two by Elizabeth Coyle Gazette associate editor Republican candidates spent More than her two opponents combined in the race for the Republican nomination for Bedford county Register of of according to the latest Campaign finance reports filed with the elections Dorothy Vensel of Bedford Valley has spent while the other Tonya Clark of Breezewood and Susan Schetrompf of tallied about in combined spending Between Janu Ary and the reporting deadline of May each used their funds for typical purchases of advertising materials for food fundraisers and other various who is one of three county spent since March 29 while a coun for your Safe spent Vensel also collected in including those from her Campaign staff of Joann Fleming and District attorney Williams both from and from one of her commissioner Dick and his wife Eleanor who gave to the Rice said he told Clark he was donating to Vensel and that she probably was disappointed but was understand Clark is an elected official and int supervised by he said he made the Dona Tion to exercise his right to show his primary the Issue was discussed by members of the elections Board and reviewed by attorney Dean Crabtree who ruled that it was Legal and said Alan member of the Resolution Board which rules on ballots the night of the election and is a member of the election Board when commissioners run for who As commissioner is a member of the elections said making the contribution was his you cant stand by and let some body else choose in the Pri he i think Mak ing contributions is part of the i dont have a problem with continued on Page 5 by Robert Igoe Gazette staff writer it seemed like an eternity for the top Republican Candi dates in the race for Register of of deeds tuesday but it took every vote to be counted before assistant elections director Dorothy Vensel claimed the Vensel won the Republican primary to Over a Tough challenger in two term county auditor Binya giving her the right to Chal Lenge democratic two term recorder Faith Zembower for the office in the finishing third was your Safe Haven Counselor Susan Schetrompf with 640 i plan to continue what i have been doing As a Candi Vensel i will continue to get out there and talk to the Vensel credited her support ers for their hard work in the and offered her respect to Clark and her team for their Strong it was a tribute to How hard everyone she said of the close we had three great candidates who worked hard and that Why the race was so i tip my hat to Tonya for c carrying out a fair and Friendly Cam be n s e1 gained her Best Lead of the night with 39 of the 41 precincts taking a 368vote advantage before Strong Clark showings in West Providence township and Hopewell town ship to Cut the final margin to 207 those final votes Vensel lighting a Candle for awareness More than 60 people turned out thurs Day evening to take part in the third annual Day of enlightenment program and candlelight the held in front of the Bedford county was sponsored by the Bedford county Community sup port program As a to raise aware Ness of mental follow ing comments from Bedford county com missioner Dick Rice Randy Deputy administrator of mental health services for Bedfor Somerset Mhor Danny Wildason and Kathy Region Al cup speakers and several mental health con Sumers who shared their stories of the group gathered for a Cande lighting serv the pro Gram concluded with the singing of amazing May is National men Tal health War e n e s s were counted just before mid with neither candidate willing to concede defeat or claim i was hoping it would be Clark a lot of people predicted it would we both worked hard on our and you can never be sure what the people Are going to do once they get to the voting u just have to go out and work Clark beat Vensel in several with her Best victories coming in East Providence West Providence Liberty Hopewell township and act 72 county will prepares contract for archivist by Robert Igoe Gazette staff writer archivist Wayne Webb will soon have a contract for doing what he has been doing for nearly nine months in helping Bedford county straighten up its recorded history and who has been taking inventory of county records since september 2004 As part of the county records improve ment requested the con tract from the Bedford county records improvement commit tee at their meeting on thurs Day to continue his though he is asking for no increase in his a month if the county feels the is Fine with its Fine with he i just dont want to create any hardship for the the Board is expected to offer a two year contract for webbs with an option to review the contract every three the contract also Calls for Webb to remove no records from the county unless specifically authorized by the county Webb is paid per month with no adjustment for extra time worked and with no reimbursement for in Webb said he often pays for his own supplies with out presenting receipts to the county for his salary comes from the approximately per month that is made up of the per every fee the recorder of of wills office collects for registering for the the county feels they Are getting their moneys As Webb has nearly completed inventory on records stored in the county tax according to the commit once that room is Webb plans to do inventory on she said one Factor in the loss was the expected Low voter As just Over 25 percent of eligible voters went to the who ran unopposed on the democratic brought in including decisive totals in Broad top Liberty Kimmel township and As one of Only three democrats to hold Row offices in the she knows the registration num Bers Are on the gop but says the Issue of Quality favors continued on Page 5 Abc second to opt out by Danielle Hart Gazette staff writer Loysburg with Only 21 Days before the act 72 dead Northern Bedford school Board members unanimously voted tuesday to opt out of the becoming Only the second District behind Tussey Mountain in the county to make an official we All have been to Many meetings and thought this through for a Long commented Board member Beth it was a hard but i think its the right thing to Board member George Hershberger agreed by saying the the Board didst make its Deci Sion based on other school Dis members gathered information and thought the decision he we didst care what other districts were doing we Only looked at our added Larry school Board before the Joe continued on Page 8 Everett opts out also by Elizabeth Coyle Gazette associate editor Everett Everett is the latest school District to reject act voting unanimously to forgo adoption of the state Law that would require the District to implement a higher tax on workers in Exchange for a Par tial property tax before against a Reso Lution to adopt the act thurs school Board members repeated their criticisms of the state taking legislators and de Rendell to task for crafted piece of legis Northern Bedford and Tussey Mountain school districts also have rejected act Rodney Reffner said he had been on the Fence last week but then Rendell proposed that the state legislature May mandate it for Public school districts when addressing a broadcasters association on april Reffner equated the statement As a threat by the governor to run it Back your if its so Why didst he just mandate it Reffner won Board member Gary Sams its up to the government in continued on Page 8 Bedford 90 to opt out records in two rooms in the courthouse basement commonly known As the those rooms could take up to two years to Faith zem Bower said the Job needs to be done As quickly As we need to find out whats there and find out what we can get rid she its vital that we get through this inventory before we can go any fur once that we can move onto other Webb said he will focus on newer materials then turn his attention to older records which will need greater by Sharyn Maust Gazette associate editor Bedford area school Board voted 90 tuesday to opt out of act 72 As Board members had no com ments to add to their position paper that went along with the last week there was considerable discussion of the draft which technically was a decision not to Levy an increased earned income for homeowners and farm owners to receive tax Relief from Slot machine districts must add at least percent to the wage in hearing that the Gover nor will try to Force districts to accept act said Board president Royce that what i Call representative he adding that he was speaking Coughenour said after the vote that he expects de Rendell and the legislature to try to Amend act but didst know what the proposal will be to require the referendum included in the act or to accept slots the Board said it didst want to encourage and Coughenour added that the referendum has never been an Issue with the Bedford Board the limits in the act would not have come into play in the last five we Only raised taxes when we needed i think our vote and others makes the Point that gambling is not How we should finance if the governor and legislators want tax there Are avenues that allow simple act 72 gives tax Relief to a narrow group of people the state if it continued on Page 8

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