CLEARFIELD – Representatives from the Joseph & Elizabeth Shaw Public Library Board of Trustees spoke to the Clearfield Borough Council at last night’s committee meetings.
They first thanked the Clearfield Fire Department for showing their fire truck and helping spread the word on fire safety at the library story sessions during Fire Prevention Week. Borough Operations Manager Leslie Stott noted approximately 50 children attended between the two story sessions, plus their parents.
The trustees noted that while the library is open to all, the direct service area includes a population of 16,930. They reported the library is in the process of replacing its seven public computer stations, and will need to replace the circulation computer system next year.
The library has a staff of nine individuals, and offers programs for all ages from infant to adults, the trustees said. They announced a new e-reader program that will be launched at the end of this month. A Robert Schucker heir donated 48 e-readers for the “Books on Board” (BOB) program. It was explained the readers will be offered in age and subject categories, and will each have 12 to 15 titles on each one.
The trustees are requesting the continued support of the borough council of at least $4,560 per year.
Borough Engineer Todd Banks of Stiffler, McGraw and Associates Inc. reported the Community Development Block Grant-funded paving project on Daisy Street is completed. He noted the total project cost from New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. was $140,689.72, which is well under the original bid amount of $148,628.
Banks said the Streetscape project is scheduled to begin late 2014 or early 2015. He said the engineers are working with PennDOT to excelorate the project, and working with CNB Bank to coordinate its street work with the project plans.
Street Commissioner Steve Biancuzzo reported the liquid fuels funded paving is completed. Payment of the HRI paving invoice for $98,662.41 is put on hold pending engineer review, and for an issue with the paving that interferes with a business drive. Stott and Borough Solicitor F. Cortez “Chip” Bell will review the contract and the paving issue and bring their findings before the board at next week’s meeting.
Biancuzzo reported that fall clean-up pick-up schedule has started. He said the borough’s composting site was cleaned up, and there are a few more alleys the borough crew is still working on.
Snow removal proposals were received from: TR Excavating and Contracting, Clearfield; Bowman Masonry, Clearfield; A&B Property Maintenance, Curwensville; and J.W. Taylor and Sons, Clearfield. Stott noted with insurance verification, these contractors will be placed on the list of contacts for the season’s snow removal.
Stott reported the Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation has presented a consent order for right of entry on a Right-of-Way for the proposed demolition of the David Houser house and garage on South Fifth Street. The demolition is part of a mine subsidence project for the property.
The Public Safety Committee agreed to recommend approval for street closures for Dec. 7 for the Christmas Parade.
Councilman Jim Kling reminded residents that leaves aren’t to be raked into the streets.
Trick-or-Treat night will be Oct. 31. Residents wanting to be visited by Trick-or-Treaters should leave their porch lights on.