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Old 12-16-2006, 01:18 PM
Location: ebensburg, pa
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Hello. If you are thinking about relocating to Ebensburg/Cambria County, there are a few things you should know:

Ebensburg does not have set rules in effect for rental properties, i.e. landlords do not have to follow certain codes unless the property is new. We rented a home that had no heat source in the master bedroom, not enough hot water to fill the tub even half-way full, etc. and there were no laws in effect to protect us.
Depending on where you live you might be forced to use a "cooperative" for your electricity. Please be aware that the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission does not govern a company that is a "coop".
Ebensburg Public Library does not have its own parking lot; the lot is owned by the middle school! This is not usually a problem unless school is starting or dismissing. I mention this because we have never heard of a public library not having its own parking lot. Further, if someone really wanted to complain, there is no dedicated handicapped parking for the library. Go figure...
More on libraries: The earliest the Ebensburg library opens is 11 am of Fridays. Mon thru Thurs. they open at 2 pm. The library is closed on Saturdays!!! Interestingly, they are open on Sundays until 7 or 8 pm. If you are a library buff you will have to travel to Altoona or Johnstown to find a library that opens in the morning.
I found Ebensburg to be a place where you have very little rights. A local realtor told me that the general attitude of folks in the Ebensburg area is one of take, take, take. Ironically, the churches are full on Sundays...
I was very disappointed in Ebensburg, most likely because I have been in protected environments that bigger cities provide, i.e. housing, local government, etc.
Finally, it appears that Cambria County has the highest appeal rate for local government.
Take care,
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