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Huntingdon Daily News (Newspaper) - December 13, 2012, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania Serving All of Ray town country n Aba warriors Edge heat 97 95, the Page 5. Daily mrs vol. 92 no. 250 est. 1 a College f my tall Juniata s i Elus named Kcal South All Star Page 4. A . Basketball Huntingdon boys handle Williamsburg 61-53, Page 4. 1922 thursday Dix pm blk 13,2012union rep says talks unethical moving toward the future local school leaders discuss programs with chamber by if full daily news staff writer Barry Pearce Union representative for the american foundation of state. County and municipal fat a Floyces of some Council 83, is upset with Huntingdon Borough manager Bill Wheeler Over comments he made in two previous articles recently published in the daily news about a possible three percent salary increase for Borough employees. A the fact the Huntingdon Borough manager openly discussed contract negotiations is perceived by me As a blatant and premeditated attempt to undermine the collective bargaining agreement to own advantage. It was totally unethical and totally unprofessional a a said Pearce. Pearce represents the employees of the water sewer administrative offices and the maintenance departments of the Borough. The budget discussions t a it a a majority of the time from the water and sewer Parks recreation and Public property and administrative committees meetings last week in those meetings Borough manager Bill Wheeler said As part of the budget there could be a three percent salary increase for those Union members. Part of those discussions also included a 49 percent increase in health care insurance for All full time Borough employees estimated to Cost the Borough $835. Kkt. A i just found out about the articles last night during a meeting a Pearce told the daily news wednesday. A was you know contract negotiations Are to be in closed sessions and that is the same thing on the of sch Side. Honestly the respect and Trust been Pearce who been negotiating Union contracts for Borough employees since 1999, told ten there never been a problem before this with the Union Page 2by Jeff Gill daily news staff writer the four superintendents of the county sch Oil districts t x k time out of their Busy schedules wednesday morning to take part in the Huntingdon county chamber of Commerce a Coffee connection at Westminster we xxi. There was one common theme Between the four presentations from the superintendents a moving towards the future. The four also agreed they All faced a common problem a financial issues. In giving presentation Juniata Valley superintendent David Christopher told the members of the chamber it is the goal of District to push the students into possible multiple education sex , which would include High school seniors taking College courses through both Juniata College and Penn Highlands Community College. A last year 47 percent of our graduating class had earned College credits Quot Christopher said. A we would like and we feel that we can have that number up to 75 or even 80 percent in the near in expanding the Way classes Are presented to students the faculty at Juniata Valley is a flipping the e lass Roum Quot according to Ltd Hris Ltd Phr. He said this is where students will photo by Jeff Gil Southern Huntingdon county school District superintendent or. Tod Kline discusses some of the programs District is working on to improve education. Superintendents from All four Huntingdon county school districts gave presentations during wednesdays Huntingdon county chamber of Commerce Coffee connection at Westminster Woods. Of doing Hom it we irk in the Chiss Nim with the teacher and the class work is being done at a Dixie via the internet with a teacher. In presentation Huntingdon area Sci Hii districts Fred Foster discussed the Bud Lutary issues facing the District. A i he truth is this expenditures Are up and revenues Are Cit Hwn Quot Foster said. A that is the reality of where we arc at. But i also believe it takes a crisis to make you the superintendent noted residents of the Hunting it it a area school District make up almost one half of the districts revenues Foster said that Over 60 percent of the districts expenditures came in the form of salaries and benefits for District employees. Foster also pointed out the District met its requirements for adequate year Progress Asp recently Only standing Stone elementary school did not meet the requirements. He did note the elementary school see future Page 2 my Library celebrates first Yearby Kylie hawn daily news staff writer thursday dec. 8, 2011. Was not an ending but merely the close of a chapter for the former mount Union Branch of the Huntingdon county Library. The second tuesday of the same month a new chapter began for what is currently the mount Union Community Library. The Library will celebrate its one year anniversary As an Independent Library dec. 13. And Volunteer coordinator Jane Wagner said the Library a biggest accomplishments include a new computerized checkout system and keeping the doors open for patrons in the Community. A one of our biggest accomplishments been staying open with volunteers a said Wagner. A beyond that its taken exactly one year to do the new computerized checkout system with electronic cards. That also been a major while software for a computerized checkout system would have Cost the Library $1kktthey were Able to find a Way do it without purchasing software. A we subscribe to an online database system called Library world Quot said Wagner. A we can do Library cards and checkout through this system instead of buying software. We re renting space by having a yearly subscription. It w As definitely a Cost savings for Library few issues raised Over ratio Chang Page 3 photo by Kylie Haw Mikayla Stoner left receives a Brand new Library card from Library Volunteer Stephanie Drob Nock right while Kelsea Brown Waits to Check out a Book at the mount Union Community Library which celebrates its one year anniversary Kylie hawn daily news staff writer municipalities thu Ighut the county Are in the in it Cess of adopting their budget for the 2013 fiscal year and Haw and tips de resolutions to it for the county a new predetermined Radii change by cutting their millage in halt to Conix a sate for assessed property Alue percentage which is nov 80 percent. According to the Huntingdon county lax assessment office Nui Nii Pality leaders have had few questions regarding the ratio change. A some municipalities wants to make sure it we Hildn t affect the income Quot said chief assessor Ken Tucker. A we originally sent a letter to All municipalities in september explaining what the ratio change was and How it w ill affect them and they Are to Cut millage rates in half from last Tucker explained the change from 40 percent to 80 percent of the 1978 value was not a coincide Nee. A a i he Way we did it. We went from 40 percent to 80 percent so i Iuni i politics a Ould be Able to Cut their millage in half Quot said Fucker. A if we property value at Kkt percent millage rates would have had to have been Cut by 40 percent. By cutting the millage rates in half peo it be understand it a lot better and it made it easier to explain to every municipalities have to have finalized budgets by Jan. 1 and the tax assessment off ice needs to know the millage rates for each municipality by feb. I. A municipalities Are in the budget process and its been no different this year As opposed to other said Fucker. �?o1 Trust they will have them done on time. Many have already sent their changes to the while there Are in it plans for a county wide reassessment at this time the ratio change was a Way of buying time to see what will transpire at the state ratio Page 3 Orma members of finances for fiscal Yearby Kylie hawn daily new s staff writer members of the Orbisonia re Khill joint municipal authority Orma passed their budget for 2013 at wednesdays regular meeting pending any revisions that May need to be made throughout the next fiscal year. A a Orma Secretary David Brightbill Isnit in a position at this time to Tell us what revisions May need to be made to the budget a said Orma chairperson Bonnie Rose. A we should probably go with the same budget As last year and adjust later As a motion was made to approve the budget with the same figures As 2012 with Nec Essary changes allowed to be made As they get More information regarding finances. It was then unanimously approved. Orma members also reviewed inquires from customers with concerns ranging from shutting off water and sewer to overdue charges. Letters were sent by mail to Orma offices prior and none were present during the meeting. A one customer a vacant House and wants to shut off water until the House is rented a said Rose. A the resident wants to be relieved of charges if the water is shut off a All members agreed to charge see or manage 3 Wood supervisors approve annual budget by Ron Morgan daily new s staff writer the Wocl township supervisors unanimously approved the municipality a 2013 budget during a special meeting held wednesday evening in the township building in Robertsdale. Sanctioning the new budget were supervisors Tom love Bill Black and chairman Kirby lock Ard who conducted the Brief ses Sion. Township Secretary Tonya Passmore reviewed the completed budget with the supervisors prior to its approval and outlined income and spending figures for the budgets three categories general state Highway and Street Light. There were no changes made to the budget. Broken Down the general account is projecting a total expenditure of $62,350 for 2013. Out of the 27 budgeted items the top three expenditures include insurance $12,500 Highway maintenance $8,0 x and payroll taxes $5,5 k. A total of $44,4 x in special projects were also listed in the general account although there is no guarantee the projects will be initiated next year. They include insulation of the township garage $8, xxx work associated with the proposed demolition of the old Wocl furniture Plant $30,000 see separate Story in the daily news \ Purchase of american flags which Are placed on Street Light poles in Robertsdale and it xxx $1,4 x playground work $2, x 0 and Inlet work $3, xxx. The total projected general Wood historical Structure scheduled to be raze see woo Page 3by Ron Morgan daily news staff writer a Well known historical Structure in the former Coal mining Village of it xxx will soon become the victim of the wrecking Ball. During a recent i hmm township meeting the supervisors Learned an application w ill be submitted for Community development blk k Grant a dog funding to pay for the demolition of the former Industrial site a rated near the rusting rails of the East Broad top Railroad in we xxx. After a decade of attempts to save the time honoured facility the supervisors earlier this year reached the conclusion it would be tax costly to rehabilitate the property and agreed to have it razed. The supervisors acquired the 18, xxx -sq.-ft. Concrete Block Structure at a sheriffs Sale in the summer of 2 k 3 and set up a special committee to seek realistic options for rehabilitation an see Structure Page 3 Index classifieds 11,12 horoscope.12 comics.10 news of yesteryear. 14 or. K.12 people amp pastimes 8 editorial.7 sports.4,5,6 0010a weather tonight a Clear with a Low around 22. For the Complete weather forecast see Page 13. Inside today i local . Blair gives gifts to salvation army Page 2. A farm pass 97th farm show offers new attractions time honoured favourites. Page 9. A state state wont set up health Exchange. Page 14. Dec. 13 12 shopping Days to Christmas teaser what was Liberty township a total budget proposal for 1988 25 years ago find out in news of yesteryear

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