The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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June 29, 2014

Readers' Forum 6 29 | Expand sewage treatment plant

JOHNSTOWN — In reference to Priscilla Stricker’s Readers’ Forum letter on June 20 (“Johnstown’s council can’t be trusted”), I must agree.

Dornick Point sewage treatment plant was built in the 1960s. With population growth of residents and businesses, the  present plant is too small to handle the waste of today’s population.

Dornick Point plant needs to be enlarged to solve the region’s sewage problems.

Three million dollars is still unaccounted for following the plant’s sale by city council.

Since the city has changed from the mayoral form of government to city manager status, all its city managers have resigned. What’s that tell us?

Our city needs to go back to the strong-mayor form of government, with the mayor running the show, like in other cities. Of course, finding a mayor with a backbone to lead might be a problem.

Finally, the old Point Stadium was used more than the current structure of steel.

The stadium was built for the people, not for council to control who is allowed to hold AAABA games, football games, concerts, etc.

B.J. Mroczka

Johnstown

Savings for scooter have been taken

I’ve learned a vital lesson: Don’t speak ill about any government agency that you get money from, even when it’s deserved.

I’m 76 years old, I can’t talk or walk, and I’ve had open-heart surgery to have a valve replaced. I am legally blind in one eye and have limited use of my left arm.

I’ve been on Supplemental Security Income for quite a while and receive  $1,168.30 a month between SSI and Social Security. SSI wants $443 of that back.

I live in an apartment. I pay rent, buy food and have no way to get around. I was saving for a scooter. I had some money in my account, which was over the SSI limit for years.

I wrote an article about SSI. No one told me about SSI’s limit and why I can’t save for my transportation needs.

It will be hard to live like this, but the arrogant people at SSI will save the agency $443. Aren’t they heroes?

All I can do is sit here.

Joe Morris

Johnstown

 

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