Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances
On the “Watch List”:
• Route 28. Before the five-year-long project to reconstruct Route 28, we were told it would spur residential and economic development along the corridor, particularly in southwestern Armstrong County because the commute to downtown would take less time and aggravation. We hope so, but we also have our doubts.
• The Ford City Council. The council is pulling the old “Scare the taxpayers; that way you can fleece ’em” trick over its threat to disband the police department. Disbanding will occur the day after Councilman Jerry Miklos sprouts wings and flies to Cadogan. This “controversy” is nothing but an effort to get political cover so the council can hike taxes to cover its $600,000 grant default and pay off other debts due to its financial incompetence.
• Westmoreland County employee retirements. From senior managers to rank-and-file workers, this year’s retirements have set a new record. And that’s an opportunity, not only for finding so-called “new talent” but for effecting better efficiencies in county departments. Let’s see some savings.
Lance: To fishy smells. There’s an odor of dead carp emanating from Clinton Township. Two energy companies want to build a gas metering station there. So whose property are they planning to use? The farm owned by the husband of Clinton Supervisor Kathy Allen. And, we’re told, “That meter station will have little impact to residents (and) blend into the rural environment.” And who told us that? Supervisor Allen told us. Sniff, sniff?