Tri-County Meeting Postponed

NOTICE

Notification is hereby given that the Board of Directors of Tri-County Joint Municipal Authority has canceled the special meeting scheduled for June 30, 2020. The Board of Directors has also postponed the regularly scheduled meeting advertised for July 1, 2020 and it will now be held Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. at the office of the Authority located at 26 Monongahela Avenue, Fredericktown, PA, 15333. Mr. Vince Bloom Chairman of the Board

Human Services Plan Hearing

LEGAL NOTICE

The Fayette County Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing on Friday, 7/10/20 at 3:00 PM to review the 2020- 2021 Fayette County Human Services Plan. The hearing will take place at the Fayette County Behavioral Health Administration Office located at 215 Jacob Murphy Lane, Uniontown, Pennsylvania. A Plan summary will be available for review the day of the hearing. Oral or written testimony is welcomed. In the event the hearing is changed to virtual, dial-in information will be posted at FCBHA.org. Amy Revak, Chief Clerk Fayette County, Pennsylvania

Fairchance Proposed Ordinance 2020-3

NOTICE

PROPOSED ORDINANCE NO. 2020-3 OF THE BOROUGH OF FAIRCHANCE

NOTICE is hereby given by the Fairchance Borough Council of the intention to act upon the following proposed ordinance: REVISED STORMWATER MANAGEMENT ORDINANCE PURSUANT TO THE PENNSYLVANIA STORMWATER MANAGEMENT ACT (ACT 167) REQUIRING MUNICIPALITIES TO ADOPT OR AMEND, AND SHALL IMPLEMENT SUCH ORDINANCES AND REGULATIONS, INCLUDING ZONING, SUBDIVISION AND DEVELOPMENT, BUILDING CODE, AND EROSION AND SEDIMENTATION ORDINANCES, AS ARE NECESSARY TO REGULATE DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THE MUNICIPALITY IN A MANNER CONSISTENT WITH THE APPLICABLE WATERSHED STORMWATER PLAN AND THE PROVISIONS OF THE ACT. The full text of the proposed Revised Stormwater Management Ordinance is available for public inspection by appointment by calling (724) 564-9980. The proposed Ordinance may be examined during regular business hours at the office of the Herald-Standard, 8-18 East Church Street, Uniontown, Pennsylvania l5401, at the office of Fairchance Borough, Fairchance Borough Council, 125 West Church Street, Fairchance, Pennsylvania 15436 and at the Fayette County Law Library, Fayette County Courthouse, 61 East Main Street, Uniontown, Pennsylvania. The Fairchance Borough Council plans to consider its respective Revised Stormwater Management Ordinance at its regular monthly meeting scheduled on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 6:30 oclock p.m. located at 125 West Church Street, Fairchance, Pennsylvania 15436. Any interested parties may submit comments at this Fairchance Borough meeting. Simon B. John, Solicitor 96 East Main Street Uniontown, PA 15401 (724) 438-8560

ZHB Hearings, July 15, 2020

Notice of ZHB Hearings Notice is hereby given that the Fayette County Zoning Hearing Board will hold a public hearing in the Fayette County Public Service Building, 22 East Main Street, Uniontown, Pennsylvania, to hear the following petitions:

July 15, 2020 10:00 a.m. EDT / Case ZHB 20-28, North Union Township To hear the petition of Somerset Trust Company, 151 W. Main Street, Somerset, PA. Said petition requests the Board to grant Variances on property zoned B-1 and is shown on Tax Map 25-50-0002 & 0002-01.

10:15 a.m. EDT / Case ZHB 20-29, Redstone Township To hear the petition of Shawn Rafitz, 3338 3rd Street, Grindstone, Pa. Said petition requests the Board to grant a Special Exception for a Group Home on property zoned R-2 and is shown on Tax Map 30-10-0084 .

10:45 a.m. EDT / Case ZHB 20-30, Lower Tyrone Twp. To hear the petition of Gerald & Marjorie Newell, PO Box 361, Dawson, PA. Said petition requests the Board to grant a Special Exception for a (family) Cemetery on property zoned A-1 and is shown on Tax Map 18-08-0085-03.

11:15 a.m. EDT / Case ZHB 20-31, North Union Twp. To hear the petition of Joshua Matthews, 576 Rankin Airshaft Road, Uniontown, PA. Said petition requests the Board to grant a Special Exception for a Kennel on property zoned A-1 and is shown on Tax Map 25-02-0031.

11:45 a.m. EDT / Case ZHB 20-32, Masontown Boro. To hear the petition of Joshua Meyer, 2143 Evans City Road, Zelienople, PA. Said petition requests the Board to grant Variances on property zoned B-1 and is shown on Tax Map 21-02-0073 & 0074.

1:30 p.m. EDT / Case ZHB 20-17, Springfield Twp. To hear the petition of Karen Oleksak, 306 Turkeyfoot Road, Mill Run, PA. Said petition requests the Board to grant a Variance from setback requirements on property zoned A-1 and is shown on Tax Map 35-19-0138-02.

Interested persons may appear at the aforementioned hearings to offer testimony in favor of or in opposition to the requested petitions. Only Attorneys are permitted to represent individuals before the Board. A request for a continuance of a hearing must be made to the Office of Planning, Zoning and Community Development. Pertinent records may be inspected prior to the hearing at the Office of Planning, Zoning and Community Development.

FAYETTE COUNTY ZONING HEARING BOARD

Georges Twp. Bid #2

NOTICE TO BIDDERS

Sealed proposals will be received by the Georges Township, 2nd Cl. of Fayette County at 1151 Township Drive, Uniontown PA 15401 until 10:00 AM, on July 14, 2020.

Bid opening will be at the 3:30 p.m. Board Meeting, the same day July 14, 2020, for the following:

1) 2,117 Tons Superpave Asphalt Mixture design, WMA Wearing Course, PG 64-22, 0.3 to ❤ Million ESALS, 19.0mm Mix, 2 1/2, SRL-E

2) 14,852 LF Furnish and Place Screened Topsoil, Seed Formula D and Mulch

Liquidated damages apply at the rate of $870.00 per calendar day. Proposals must be upon the forms furnished by the Municipality. For third class cities the bid must be accompanied by a certified check or bid bond in the amount of 10% of the bid, made payable to the municipality. For other municipal types it is the discretion of the municipality. A performance bond or certified check in the amount of 100% of the contract shall be furnished by the successful bidder within 20 days after the contract is awarded. The Municipality reserves the right to reject any or all proposals.

Georges Township

Linda M. Smith, Secretary/Treasurer

Georges Township Sealed Bid Proposal

NOTICE TO BIDDERS

Sealed proposals will be received by the
Georges Township, 2nd Cl. of Fayette County at
1151 Township Drive,
Uniontown PA 15401
until 10:00 AM, on July 14, 2020.

Bid opening will be at the 3:30 p.m. Board Meeting, the same day July 14, 2020, for the following:

1) 46,233 Sq. Yds. Asphalt Seal Coat, Single Application, SRL-E NOTE: Use CRS-2PM Oil & 1.0% washed No. 8 Stone

2) 30,000 Gallons Diesel Fuel, delivered as needed

3) 4,500 Tons Various type of crushed aggregates

4) 1,600 Tons #8 (pea gravel)

5) 900 Tons Superpave patching material 9.5mm

6) 800 Tons Pre-mixed patching material

7) 800 Tons Cold Patch Liquidated damages apply at the rate of $870.00 per calendar day.

Proposals must be upon the forms furnished by the Municipality. For third class cities the bid must be accompanied by a certified check or bid bond in the amount of 10% of the bid, made payable to the municipality. For other municipal types it is the discretion of the municipality. A performance bond or certified check in the amount of 100% of the contract shall be furnished by the successful bidder within 20 days after the contract is awarded. The Municipality reserves the right to reject any or all proposals.

Georges Township

Linda M. Smith, Secretary/Treasurer

2020 Pennsylvania Elections Important Dates

All dates in this calendar are subject to change without notice.

Date

Event

May 18, 2020 Last day to REGISTER TO VOTE before the primary
May 26, 2020 Last day to apply for a mail-in or civilian absentee ballot
June 2, 2020 Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive voted mail-in and civilian absentee ballots (must be received by 8 P.M.)
June 2, 2020 GENERAL PRIMARY Polls are open from 7 A.M. to 8 P.M.
June 3, 2020 First day to REGISTER TO VOTE after primary
June 9, 2020 Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive voted military and overseas absentee ballots (submitted for delivery no later than 11:59 P.M. on June 1)
August 3, 2020 Last day to circulate and file nomination papers
August 10, 2020 Last day for withdrawal by candidates nominated by nomination papers
August 10, 2020 Last day for withdrawal by candidates nominated at the primary
October 19, 2020 Last day to REGISTER before the November election
October 27, 2020 Last day to apply for a mail-in or civilian absentee ballot
November 3, 2020 Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive voted mail-in and civilian absentee ballots (must be received by 8 P.M.)
November 3, 2020 GENERAL ELECTION Polls are open from 7 A.M. to 8 P.M.
November 4, 2020 First day to register AFTER November election
November 10, 2020 Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive voted military and overseas absentee ballots (submitted for delivery no later than 11:59 P.M. on November 2)

Gov. Wolf Signs COVID-19 Response Bills to Bolster Health Care System, Workers, and Education and Reschedule the Primary Election

Governor Tom Wolf signed four bills today to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in Pennsylvania that bolster the health care system, benefit workers and schools, and reschedule the 2020 primary election for June 2.

The governor signed House Bill 1232, which provides $50 million for the Wolf administration to purchase medical equipment and supplies for hospitals, nursing facilities and emergency medical services to meet the urgent needs by patients and staff.

“This funding will allow Pennsylvania to get more beds, ventilators, and other personal protective equipment that our health care system needs for a surge in patients,” said Governor Wolf. “The state and our health care system are mobilizing as fast as possible to provide medical workers with the equipment they need to care for patients.”

The governor also signed, Senate Bill 751, which waives the requirement for schools to be in session at least 180 days, provides for continuity of education plans, ensures school employees are paid during the closure, and provides the Secretary of Education with authority to waive student teacher and standardized assessments. The Department of Education previously announced the cancellation of all PSSA testing, Keystone exams and the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment for the 2019-20 school year.

The governor signed Senate Bill 422, which reschedules the 2020 primary election from April 28 to June 2. and makes other election process changes, including some due to the COVID-19 emergency. The bill provides process improvements to Act 77 of 2019, to allow counties to begin processing and tabulating mail ballots beginning at 7 a.m. on election day, rather than after the polls close at 8 p.m. Additionally, the measure allows counties to temporarily consolidate polling places without court approval and eases other rules regarding location and staffing of polling places for the primary to respond to county concerns about a potential shortage of poll workers and appropriate polling place locations.

“Delaying this year’s primary election as several other states have done is in the best interests of voters, poll workers and county election officials,” said Governor Wolf. “I commend the General Assembly for acting quickly on this critical legislation. The Department of State will continue to work with local election officials to ensure Pennsylvania has a fair and accessible election.”

The governor reminded voters of the new option to vote by mail-in ballot rather than going to a polling place on election day. Already more than 215,000 registered voters have signed up for either a mail-in or absentee ballot, with nearly 78 percent using the commonwealth’s new online application. Those voters do not need to file new applications despite the change in primary date.

The governor also signed House Bill 68, which makes applying for unemployment compensation easier for workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill requires the Department of Labor & Industry to waive the one week waiting period and job search and work registration requirements for claimants under the disaster emergency, provides automatic relief from benefit charges for employers whose account would otherwise be charged during the disaster emergency, increases timeframes and allows for interest-free payment plans, and provides the secretary with the ability to adopt temporary regulations to ensure compliance with federal law.

The governor signed House Bill 1578 which makes technical changes to the disclosure of fees in declarations and in public offering statements of planned communities, cooperatives, and condominiums and to permit corrective amendments to the bylaws of planned communities, cooperatives, and condominiums by utilizing the current procedure used to make corrective amendments to declarations.

The governor vetoed House Bill 1100.

Visit the commonwealth’s Responding to COVID-19 guide for the latest guidance and resources for Pennsylvanians or the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s dedicated coronavirus webpage for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.

View this information in Spanish here.

Election Officials Misusing the ADA to Close Polling Places

For Immediate Release
1/30/2020

Contact: David Card
202.408.9514 x122
press@ndrn.org

Washington, DC – A new report released today by the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) shows many of America’s polling places remain inaccessible to people with disabilities. The report, entitled Blocking the Ballot Box: Ending Misuse of the ADA to Close Polling Places, also examines an alarming new trend in which jurisdictions are misusing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to close polling places, a practice that NDRN vehemently opposes.

The ADA requires all polling places to be accessible to people with disabilities and the Help America Vote Act of 2002 mandates that all Americans have the right to a private and independent vote. When the United States Supreme Court in Shelby County v Holder struck down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that required federal approval before changes could be made to election procedures, jurisdictions with a demonstrated history of discriminatory voting practices saw an opportunity — blaming their polling place closures on the ADA and access needs of voters with disabilities.

“After the Supreme Court struck down protections in the Voting Rights Act, counties and cities began citing ADA concerns as the reason for closing, relocating, or consolidating their polling places,” said NDRN Executive Director Curt Decker. “The ADA was never meant to be used in this way and we challenge any jurisdiction that attempts to close a polling place because it is not ADA compliant.”

In this report, NDRN spoke to and visited counties with recent Department of Justice (DOJ) settlements for polling place accessibility. NDRN found these counties were working to be more accessible while keeping polling places open. Alternatively, counties that did not have a recent DOJ intervention and had not shared ADA surveys of their polling places or any collaboration with the disability community, seemed more likely to attempt closing polling places.

“The idea that making polling places accessible is too expensive and forces closures is a lie,” continued Decker. “The solution to inaccessible polling places is not to close them…it is to make them accessible. It’s clear to us from this investigation that these counties are not interested in improving accessibility. They are simply looking for excuses to close polling places and making it harder for people to vote.”

To read the report, view video commentary, and see recommendations for how election officials can avoid poll closures, go to Blocking the Ballot Box: Ending Misuse of the ADA to Close Polling Places.

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The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and the Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, the Network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.

Fayette Welcomes New Voting System

Uniontown, PA – For the next three months, Fayette County Election Bureau officials will be hard at work preparing for their first Election Day with the county’s new voting system.

Representatives from the Denver, Colo.-based Dominion Voting Systems met with election employees and Fayette County commissioners Wednesday afternoon to kick off the county’s latest venture.

Founded in 2002 in Toronto, Canada, Dominion Voting Systems sells electronic voting hardware and software, including voting machines and tabulators, to municipalities and other organizations across North America. As of September 2019, Dominion voting machines are used in more than 2,000 jurisdictions in 33 states and Puerto Rico.

Last year, commissioners voted to replace the county’s existing voting systems with Dominion, following issues with what Election Bureau Director Larry Blosser called “overvoting.”

“Some cross-filed candidates would appear on the ballot twice, leading to more votes than were possible,” Blosser said. “Some voters could take the time to correct the ballots, but others wouldn’t worry about the alert and left them as is, which created a problem for us on the back end.”

The county previously used Hart Intercivic voting systems for 13 years, and Blosser said he hopes Fayette will receive a “better quality of service” from Dominion. DREs, or direct-recording electronic voting machines, will also be replaced.

“The voters should realize that this is a paper-based system with paper ballots, which will eliminate those problems we saw in the past,” he said. “Moving forward, we’ll only have one DRE voting system at each precinct for people with disabilities.”

Dominion Senior Manager Jason Frank said parts of the new system will be delivered next week, and the outdated hardware will be put through the state’s official decommissioning process.

“You’ll receive a certificate of destruction, and they’ll recycle most of the plastic and other parts they can salvage,” Frank said. “There’s a whole process, so nothing ends up in a landfill and all the data will be destroyed.”

Frank will work with Pennsylvania’s Customer Relations Manager Frank Dutton, who will serve as Fayette County’s project manager, to implement the new system and teach election officials how to use it.

“You all know what kinds of problems you’ve had in previous elections, and those should be eliminated. We’re going to work with you on something we call ‘train the trainer,’” Frank told meeting attendees. “We teach you guys how to do everything so you can then go and teach all your poll workers.”

Part of that training will include working with example ballots in a mock election, which election bureau employees will build from the ground up.

“We’re super excited to be able to come down here and work with you guys,” Frank said. “I’m really looking forward to demonstrating how everything works and getting hands-on. We’re excited to show you what we’re made of.”

Blosser said the county is on a strict deadline to have the new system in place, as Pennsylvania’s Presidential Primary Election is April 28.

“We’ve got a big job to do and it’s complicated,” Blosser said. “I hope the voters will be patient with us while we work out the bugs in the system so we can offer them something better than we had before.”

For more information on Dominion Voting Systems, visit http://www.dominionvoting.com. For more information on the Fayette County Election Bureau, visit http://www.fayettecountypa.org/230/Election-Bureau.

To learn more about Fayette County, visit http://www.FayetteCountyPA.org.