MORRISDALE — Graham Township Supervisors approved the proposed 2020 budget with no tax increase at Monday’s meeting.
Chairman Jeff Williams reported a special meeting was held on Nov. 6 for the supervisors and the township’s secretary to work out the details of the spending plan. The general fund’s income is projected at $255,949.22 and expenses, $185,634.38. The state road fund’s revenue is expected to be $193,640.37 and operating costs, $92,950.
The budget will be available for inspection for the next 20 days at the township office at 3395 Deer Creek Rd., Morrisdale. The supervisors expect to adopt the spending plan at the board’s Dec. 9 meeting.
In a related matter, the supervisors adopted a resolution for a tax levy supporting the general fund and the local fire company. Property taxes will remain at three mills. The fire tax supporting Morris Township Fire Co. will remain at 1.3 mills.
MORRISDALE — Graham Township Supervisors on Monday heard a progress report about the project to upgrade Big Run Park in Morrisdale.
Chairman Jeff Williams said the concrete pads for the handicapped parking space and the bench were poured Saturday. The sign with information about the project will be delivered Tuesday and the tentative date to install the commercial playground equipment is set for Monday, Nov. 18.
Once the equipment is installed, a cleanup will be done and the fiber mulch added around the playground equipment, Williams said.
Improvements to the park’s facilities through an addition of safe playground equipment was foremost in a survey of park users taken by the township. Last year the township was approved for a $40,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to add new playground equipment, accessible walkways and parking spaces at the site at 68 Park Ave., Morrisdale.
Williams reported officials from DCNR are expected to perform an inspection of the work done at the park on Monday, Nov. 25. A ribbon-cutting will be scheduled next year, once weather improves, Williams said.
“It looks nice. The man who did the concrete work did a good job. Things are proceeding there very well,” he said.
Once the the work has been approved, the township can apply to receive the second half of the grant funding, Williams said.
COALPORT — A Coalport teen who skipped bail resulting in a warrant being issued for his arrest was captured by Clearfield-based State Police despite denying his true identity.
On Nov. 6 at 2:30 p.m. on the 5800-block of St. Lawrence Road in Beccaria Township near Coalport Borough, Deputy Sheriff Mike Rowles detained a person who referred to himself as “Damon” outside the residence. The person detained was found to be in possession of a syringe and two metal spoons, and was detained inside the sheriff’s patrol vehicle.
About 15 minutes later, Troopers arrived on scene. The trooper was able to identify the detained person as Isaac Lee Krause, 18, of Coalport, due to recent encounters with him. Even after the trooper identified Krause, the male insisted that he was not Krause.
Krause had an active warrant that was issued by District Judge Richard Ireland on Oct. 30 at Centralized Court when he didn’t appear for his preliminary hearing. Krause was transported to Clearfield County Jail to be held on that warrant.
Krause was charged with false identification to law enforcement and use/possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.
Krause is also charged in two separate cases. In the first case, he is charged with burglary-not adapted for overnight accommodation, a felony of the second degree; criminal trespass, a felony of the third degree; theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, both of which are misdemeanors of the third degree.
The first case occurred on Sept. 26 after Krause allegedly stole cash and credit cards from his grandmother’s wallet that was located in her purse inside her vehicle.
In the second case, he is charged with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and theft from a motor vehicle, all of which are a misdemeanors of the first degree.
The second incident occurred on Oct. 2 when PSP was investigating a burglary in progress in Woodward Township. Troopers responded and upon arrival, observed Krause running toward them on Mease Road. Krause was taken into custody.
Krause was free on $25,000 monetary bail, which was posted by Liberty Bail Bonds of DuBois.
At a bail hearing held on Nov. 7, Krause was assessed $50,000 monetary bail on both previous cases, and an additional $5,000 for the incident stemming from his capture.
Krause is awaiting a preliminary hearing scheduled today at Centralized Court at the Clearfield County Jail.
A mural of a photograph was recently placed on the exterior of the building that houses the offices of Visit Clearfield County office. The art work highlights the beauty of the trees growing along the riverbank in Clearfield during the spring.
The mural was created from a photograph taken by Haley Owens of Clearfield. Owens, a 2019 graduate of Clearfield Area High School, was the winner in a contest sponsored by Visit Clearfield County and the Susquehanna River Art Center of Clearfield.
Owens, who is currently taking classes in phlebotomy, creates art and takes photographs as her free time allows. She was also a member of a group of students who created the murals painted on the wall at Shaw Park and on the Clearfield Arts Studio Theatre building.
Clearfield County Recreation and Tourism Authority Director Josiah Jones said he had proposed a contest to SRAC member and Liddle Gallery Owner Jody Grumblatt as a way to encourage people to visit downtown Clearfield and to increase awareness of SRAC does and the classes offered there.
“So we created a contest,” Jones said, adding there were 30 entries submitted by SRACC members including photographs and paintings that “highlighted various areas of Clearfield County. It was a chance to work together to promote both tourism and the arts in the county,” he explained.
Jones said “Haley’s entry really stood out.” He said the cherry trees along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River enhance the river’s beauty and the landscape along the waterway. Owens’ photograph captured the trees at the peak of their bloom.
Owens said she too thought the scene was appealing when she took the photo about five years ago.
“Those trees stood out to me. Some years they are not always that vibrant but that day was just one of those perfect times that showed the beauty of Clearfield.”
Grumblatt said although SRACC has been established approximately 50 years to provide opportunities to exhibit original art and conduct programs for the development of art, many of its members are long-time ones. Grumblatt said she hopes the contest would encourage more photographers and artists to both join the organization and enter the contest.
“We need some young energy,” she said.
Jones said there was some discussion about where to place the mural and it was decided to install it on the wall closest to Rural King.
“Rural King is such a draw to Clearfield County. We wanted to place the mural on the side closest to the store in a location where people would see it. The mural will provide people with an opportunity to talk about the art gallery and a local artists. It fulfills the original purpose of the contest which was to educate people about Clearfield County and what’s available here.”
Plans are currently in the works for a second contest to be held in summer of 2020.