Announcements and News Releases

PUBLIC NOTICE

The City of St. Marys Street Department will be closing upper Charles Street at the intersection of Benedict Street beginning Monday, June 25, 2018 to replace storm drains in the street.  The street will remain closed for approximately one week, weather permitting.  Public needing to access this area can do so by using Walburga Street.  The City of St. Marys appreciates the cooperation of the public during this project.

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VACANCIES ON CITY BOARDS

NOTICE

The City of St. Marys has the following Board vacancies

If anyone is interested in serving on the following volunteer boards, please submit a “LETTER OF INTEREST” to:

City Manager Timothy Pearson, City of St. Marys, 11 Lafayette Street, St. Marys, PA, by July 6, 2018: 

  - Board of Health

- St. Marys Area Airport Authority

PLEASE DESIGNATE WHICH BOARD YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SERVING ON.

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PUBLIC NOTICE

The City of St. Marys would like to inform the public that they are proposing a stop sign change at the intersection of West Arch Street and Rock Street.  The intersection is currently a one-way stop and the City will install a three-way stop intersection on a trial basis.  If it is determined that a three-way stop is needed, action will be taken to change City Ordinance Chapter 15, Part 2 to allow for the update.  Anyone with any concerns about this change may contact City Hall at 781-1718.

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 CONCURRENT NOTICE 

NOTICE TO PUBLIC OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

AND INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS  

DATE: April 27, 2018

GRANTEE NAME: The City of St. Marys

ADDRESS: 11 LaFayette Street, St. Marys, PA  15857

TELEPHONE: 814-781-1718

 City of St. Marys is an Equal Opportunty Housing city

TO: All Interested Agencies, Groups, Person(s): 

The purpose of this notice is to identify actions to be taken by the City of St. Marys. On or about May 16, 2018 the City of St. Marys will request that the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, release Community Development Block Grant Funds for the following progress.                                          

Project Lifesaver Transmitter Location Kits Project ~ 2014 CDBG:

City of St. Marys – Eligible Individual

The City of St. Marys proposes to supplement the remainder of their 2014 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to purchase 20 (twenty) Project Lifesaver Transmitter Kits for eligible individuals in the City of St. Marys.  The City will be working with the local L.I.F.T. (Life and Independence for Today) organization to carry out the project and monitor the transmitters for the next 5 years.  The project qualifies as a Limited Clientele project under the CDBG program.  The funds being utilized are $7,020.50.  

Handicap Accessible Renovations - 2015 CDBG:

Memorial Park Scout House Project  

The City of St. Marys proposes to supplement a portion of their 2015 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for handicap accessible projects at Memorial Park Scout House.  The St. Marys Recreation Board and the local Rotary organization have teamed up to perform various renovations to the Scout House, which was originally constructed in 1955 by the Rotary Club.  Many volunteers have offered their time and talents to clean out the building.  The City would like to utilize CDBG funds to assist with handicap entryway, pathways, parking area, restrooms and inside and outside restroom doors.  The estimated cost for the handicap accessible projects is $65,000. 

Owner-Occupied Sidewalk Replacement Program

City of St. Marys Income Eligible Homeowner 

The City of St. Marys proposes to supplement a portion of their 2017 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for the replacement of nuisance sidewalks in the City as identified by our Code Enforcement Officials per our City Ordinance.  This program is being offered to income eligible homeowners.  Businesses and Landlords are not eligible for the program.  This is a direct homeowner benefit project. The funds reserved for this project total $154,760. 

Finding Of No Significant Impact

It has been determined that such Request for Release of Funds will not constitute an action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment and accordingly the City of St. Marys has decided not to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (P.L. 91-190).  The reasons for the decision not to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement are as follows:

It has been determined that the above projects will not alter any existing environmental conditions or will serve to create a new set of environmental conditions, either adverse or beneficial, caused or induced in whole or part by the above project. This determination has been achieved through the required Environmental Review process according to guidelines specified by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

An Environmental Review Record detailing the proposed project has been made by the City of St. Marys, which documents the environmental review of the project and more fully sets forth the reasons why such Statements are not required. The Environmental Review Record is on file at the above address and is available for public examination upon request, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. No further environmental review of the project is proposed to be conducted prior to the Request for Release of Funds. 

Public Comments On Findings

All interested agencies, groups, and persons disagreeing with this decision are invited to submit written comments for consideration by the City of St. Marys to:   City Hall, Attn: Tina Gradizzi, 11 LaFayette Street, St. Marys, PA 15857.  Such written comments should be received on or before May 16, 2018.  All such comments so received will be considered and the City of St. Marys will not request the release of CDBG funds or take any administrative action on the above named project prior to the date specified in the preceding sentence.

Release of Funds

The City of St. Marys will undertake the projects described above with 2014, 2015 and 2017 Community Development Block Grant funds from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). This notice also certifies to the Commonwealth that Timothy J. Pearson, serving in the capacity as City Manager, consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to environmental reviews, decision-making and action and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. The legal effect of this certification is that upon its approval, the City of St. Marys may use the 2014, 2015 and 2017 CDBG funds.

Objections to Release of Funds

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) will accept an objection of its approval of the release of funds and acceptance of the certification for a period of 15 days following its receipt of the request only if it is on one of the following basis:  (a) that the certification was not in fact executed by the Chief Executive Officer or other Officer of the Grantee approved by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED); or (b) that the grantee’s Environmental Review Record for the project indicates omission of a required decision, finding, or step applicable to the project in the Environmental Review Process; or (c) that another federal agency, acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1505 has submitted a written finding to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality.  Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedure (24 CFR Part 58), and may be addressed to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Office of Community Development, 4th Floor, Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120.

 

Objections to the release of funds on basis other than those stated above will not be considered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).  No objection received after May 16, 2018 will be considered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development unless, because of unforeseen delay, the Request for Release of Funds was received after the date mentioned at the beginning of this notice. Since this is possible and would cause a change in the objection period, objectors should contact the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to verify the date of the last day in the objection period. 

Contact City Hall for Questions or Information: 814-781-1718

 

ZONING PERMITS REQUIRED FOR PAVING OR CONCRETE PROJECTS

 The City of St. Marys Zoning Ordinance of 2005 requires residents and businesses to acquire zoning permits for the paving or installation of concrete or asphalt on parking lots, driveways, parking areas, and sidewalks.  Applications for these improvements are available at City Hall, 11 Lafayette Street, and can be submitted by the contractor or the property owner; the cost of which is $25.00.

Some examples of when a permit is required are: new asphalt or concrete installation, asphalt or concrete installation over existing gravel, stone, tar and chip areas, and expansion of existing asphalt or concrete areas. 

Some examples of when a permit is NOT required are: sealing of existing asphalt or concrete areas, milling and/or resurfacing of existing asphalt or concrete areas with no increase in size, and no separate permit is required for asphalt or concrete improvements if an application is received for another improvement i.e.; a house is being built that proposes a concrete driveway.  The zoning permit application for the house should state that a concrete or asphalt driveway is proposed and it will be reviewed then.

The City of St. Marys would also like to advise its residents to use caution when choosing an asphalt paving or concrete contractor. Citizens should be wary of promises of a “special deal for cash” and/or “left over material” claims. There have been instances in the past where substandard work has been performed under these circumstances.

 If you have any questions regarding this Ordinance, please feel free to contact the City’s Zoning Officer at 781-1718 Ext 227.

OUTDOOR FIRE ORDINANCE

The City of St. Marys’ Code Enforcement Office would like to explain to City residents the recent changes made to the Outdoor Fire Ordinance.

 In the past, one of the biggest challenges for the Code Enforcement Department dealt with recreational fires in backyards. Those types of fires were not permitted under the prior Ordinance. With the new changes, brush and firewood may be burned, uncontained, in the outlying areas of the City known as the Rural Conservation (RC) Zoning District. If a property is located in the more populated areas, toward the center of town or in developed neighborhoods, the brush or firewood must be burned in a container, such as a fire ring or fire-proof container. The revisions to the Ordinance allow residents to burn dead branches that have fallen from their trees, or to have a recreational fire in their backyard. Those individuals burning larger, uncontained fires located in the RC Zoning District are required to make a 24-hour notification to City Hall and/or the Crystal Fire Department.

 General restrictions still apply to any type of outdoor fire, including a 20-foot setback distance from property lines to the edge of the fire. Also, outdoor fires that discharge noxious odors, dense smoke, or fly ash are not permitted. All outdoor fires must be maintained by at least one adult person. No outdoor fires are permitted during any period for which the Chief of the Crystal Fire Department has issued a burn ban, and no outdoor fire shall be set or maintained for the purpose of disposal of garbage, processed wood, petroleum products, tires, and other similar materials.

 If a resident should have any questions regarding the changes to the Outdoor Fire Ordinance, or are not sure which Zoning District their property falls into, they should feel free to contact the City’s Code Enforcement Office at (814) 781-1718 ext. 239, and the Code Enforcement Officers would be happy to answer questions.

PRIOR NEWS RELEASES

Expanded Options for Sewer Bill Payments

  Sewer Bill Direct Pay Form

Zoning Permits Required for Structures

 

VISION STATEMENT

2016 City Vision Statement


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