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Bedford County Inquirer (Newspaper) - September 18, 1987, Bedford, Pennsylvania Combined with fhe Everett Republican Al 1812 175th year 5 september 1987 Dps 0477 2000 single copy 35 gents commissioners Cut off county auditors pay Nyrl a in r in v in Ico Vinh fir a trip 1v the to Tipp Ftp Tenn Tilv the Bedford county commissioners have informed the Bedford county auditors that they will not be paid for further work this the auditors also were told that their paycheck on Friday would be for three Days Over the past two week pay not for the 10 Days the auditors reported they the funding cutoff stems from a budget the auditors have expended All their budgeted funds for the but they say the com missioners Cut their budget last january to an unreasonable part of the dispute hinges on whether the auditing work is or re quires full As of it did not appear a Compromise or Resolution might be reached Between the two the auditors said they have contacted an out county lawyer and will meet with him next the impasse has been coming for some the problem started with budget preparation last fall budget cutting before adoption at the end of december and a notice to the auditors that they had expended All but of their budget by the end of june brought the conflict when the six month budget analysis was it listed where All county offices were in rela Tion to their the auditors were 37 percent Over the six month figure at that the auditors last year had a budget of they spent they contended this week that their 5 percent pay raise had not properly been figured into the 1986 and that if it they would not have overspent the the commissioners this year Cut the auditors budget to based on full time work to Complete the an Nual audit and Par time after the 1983 budget had been the 1984 when All funds of the District justices were added to the offices to be went to in the budget was then it Rose to the july notice the commissioners sent out advised All offices to be cognizant of their expenditures and advised them to stay within their the notice to the was it said that the original budget of was actually overspent at that based on anticipated full time pay from january to May when the annual audit is after the county had budgeted five Days per month for the auditors to do the state monthly the auditors had asked for and received the commissioners approval to extend the audit period through in agreeing to the commissioners committed themselves to another 43 Days of pay to the left for salaries and according to the county or 33 Days for each of the three the notice to the auditors said that when on Page 8 with fall encroaching on Bedford nature is beginning to reflect the change of this peaceful scene was photographed West of Manns where some Trees Are beginning to change col photo by Terry Kanari pipeline Job off until May by Nancy Wylie staff writer Houston Texas Eastern Gas pipeline has postponed until next May the Start of its replacement project that includes work in Bedford letters have been received by local township saying that the company will reapply for Road encroachment permits needed for digging up roads in connection with the phase i of the two year project was planned for this summer and but a controversy that surfaced in february Over past pc contamination at some 18 company pipeline compressor stations Promp Ted the state department of environmental resources Der to put a hold on approvals for the larger pipe until the chemical pro Blem is cleared approval from each involved state is part of the Federal Energy regulatory commission approval from the late 50s through waste material containing pcs poly chlorinated biphenyl was dumped into earthen pits at the stations in what was said to be a routine Industry practice at the Texas Eastern is still on schedule with terms of a Der con sent order regarding pc said James Media relations Everett faces loss of superintendent by David oilman staff writer Everett continuing lawsuits and grievances May have Cost the Everett area school District its Rodney citing Burn has requested a years Sab beginning in january said he would following the sabbatical to fulfil the remaining six months of his contract if the Board wanted him it also was reported that Kuhns strongly hinted that he May not return to the District following the Kuhns request will be on the september school Board and it will up to the Board to approve or disapprove the superintendents sabbatical there is Little doubt that the Board will go along with Kuhns its just a mat Ter of filling in the one Board member the request for sabbatical leave by the superintendent caught the Everett area school Board by sur in Kuhns unveiled a million High school renovation pro Gram a program the District has been considering for several in two weeks before the Start of the 198788 school personnel and Legal problems reached a two former teachers sued the Board and the and claiming they were forced to two other teachers were suspended for 15 Days and two More teachers resigned to move to other school these actions added to the districts personnel in the past few several grievances have been filed by the professional and last the District lost in court when a bus Driver in the District challenged his the suit has yet to be friction Between teachers and the administration has plagued the District since a 1982 strike by teachers closed school for six weeks and took months to the current contract agreement reached then expires in talks Between the District and the Everett area educational association can begin As Early As although the school Board negotiating committee must Inch a contract with the districts the superintendent usually plays a Large part in the Kuhns sabbatical will effectively remove him from the other project that will be put on hold is the High school we cant ask that a substitute superintendent step in and proceed with one Board member estimating that it could be As Long As two years before the renovation project gets moving the Board has several options in filling the superin Tency during Kuhns and it is looking at All of the Board could elect to promote from within the current or it could hire a retired superintendent for the one year the other option is for the Board to create a new position assistant superintendent and hire from outside the Rod was under a lot of one Board member with All of the suits and problems he Felt he was not being productive right and needed some time it was kind of a sur prise that it the sabbatical request came right he Kuhns declined to confirm his sabbatical request when reports of it surfaced last he did inform teachers of his intentions during i service he said the company anticipates getting Federal approval for the replacement but there is not enough time left in the 87 construction season to make a significant segments of two 20and 24inch diameter natural Gas pipelines built in the 1940s Are to be replaced by a 36inch the East West route runs through West Pennsylvania and new Jersey and includes some 26 Miles of right Otway across bed Ford county for the 20inch the route runs near West Buffalo the company Bedford Valley compressor Charlesville and entering Fulton county near Texas Eastern had said earlier that perhaps 800 construction jobs would be available in Bedford and Somerset counties once the local part of the six month project got the Job service office in Bedford received some 200 applications and forwarded them to the Somerset of fice As they Are still on file and available to the contractor for next years if Texas Eastern gets clearance to cleanup of pcs has not yet soil and water testing has been conducted both by Der and by a contractor hired by Texas contamination was but it does not constitute a real Public health Der has not All the results Are in and there Are still More tests to according to citizens for pipeline a group of local residents who live near the pipelines Bedford compressor Sta spokesman sue Rose of Bedford re 3 said that Der has continued to Supply the citizens group with reports on the and that the state Agency at this stage is still identifying the full extent of the pollution she said local household Wells were tested for pcs bul not for other including benzene and that have turned up in later pipeline dioxins that could have been Emit Ted into the air by burning pc containing material in the past Are also a she on Page 5 Borough Grant chances Good the chances Are very favourable that Bedford will be awarded a downtown revitalization planning Grant within the next according to the boroughs Richard Sutler gave Council the encouraging report moments after his firm was hired As project plan ners for the Small communities planning assistance Grant Scag for which the Borough has today i talked with Ca the state department of Community affairs and they had just read the boroughs Sutler they indicated we should know in another four earlier this year Bedford Borough applied for a similar Grant through the states state planning assistance Grant Spag program and was turned Down by Cathe state suggested Bedford apply under the Scag which is similar to the second application May pay its very but its not for sure Sutler the Competition was Leas than we anticipated and there is More Money Sutler said one advantage in the delay is thai the local share of the would be about 10 percent the Spag program requires 50 percent local match while Scag is 40 recent Suller said Hal although his firm was hired it would be january before work if the Grant is the project would take 12 months to Complete and would involve a series of meetings for Public comment and review As the study is the Council received less encouraging news on several other the Grant request for resurfacing the Tennis courts Al the Green was turned Borough manager John Montgomery said letters of intent were received for the and Waler conservation act and Only 21 communities will be asked to make full Survey work shows one Section of the Preston Streel sewer line in the Southern portion of the Borough runs causing sewer backup problems in a number of the engineers esl Imale for replacing Aboul 830 feet of sewer manholes and Tapins along one Block of Preston Streel is the Council will have bids to review at its next Montgomery Council tabled action on bids for the Public Square renovation fix Tures streetlights and other furnishings in order to discuss the bids Wilh the county commissioners since about half of the fixtures will be going in the Cour Thouse two bids were received for the six foot u9 in the architects design and eight fool benches 5 with a Price discrepancy of about per the More expensive and Are the style the Borough there was some question whether the cheaper at and met the specs outlined for the one bid for lamp posts to of them came in at but there were no bids for the trash receptacles 5 were each and planters 5 came in at and on Page 5 rain Over the weekend didst Dampen the Imler area Volunteer Parade saturday the precipitation stopped just before the to starting time and then began again just after the Parade Imler fire Queen Kim Hileman presents a ribbon to Gerald Mowry for the float entered by the Bedford county Farmers

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