The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

August 25, 2013

Readers' Forum 8-25 | Pet food bank struggling to exist

JOHNSTOWN — Since early May, when St. Mark’s Episcopal Church started a pet food bank, we have given away more than

3,100 pounds of dry dog and cat food. This amount does not include kitty litter, wet food, treats, etc.

When the article in The Tribune-Democrat first appeared, we received a good amount of donations. However, the donations have virtually dried up in the past few months.

As more and more people keep coming for help each time we are open, our expenses keep getting higher and higher, and we are unable to carry this financial burden alone. Without the continued support of local citizens and merchants, this worthwhile cause may just become a thing of the past, despite fundraisers we have been engaged in. I would consider it a grievous event should we have to discontinue this program.

So many depend on the food bank to be able to keep their beloved four-legged family members during these difficult financial times. It is my hope that this community will rally to keep this program going and add yet another reason why Johnstown is a wonderful place to live.  

Steven Hoover

Johnstown

Pet food bank director

Lots of misinformation about sewage work

There has been a lot of discussion and misinformation about the consent order and agreement between the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority dated Aug. 25, 2009.

Case in point is when Scott Rugh of EADS made a comment on the agreement as it applies to Southmont Borough. He said, “All of the municipalities have been ordered by DEP to remove all storm water from sanitary sewers.”

This appeared in The Tribune-Democrat on July 5, 2013. Rugh is not a professional engineer or a lawyer, so he should not make public comments that are half truths, not correct and/or often misleading.

If one would, at least, read only Page 1 of the agreement (which is on the Internet), one would quickly understand the agreement applies only to the redevelopment authority, because it owns the Dornick Point sewage treatment plant, and interceptors sewers passing through Johns-town.

The agreement does not specifically direct any legal requirements on the surrounding communities (including Johnstown) – it only suggests cooperation with the communities and redevelopment authority. Therefore, all the fines and penalties stipulated in the agreement are the responsibility of redevelopment authority.

Individual service connections within the communities are not mentioned in said agreement, so it is not DEP, but the local officials, by ordinance, who are causing users to replace their service connections if they do not pass a “misunderstood air test.”

Leonard J. Facciani

Professional Engineer

Ferndale

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