Clearfield Borough Pleased With Progress of Stinky Run Repairs

Stinky Run repairs have Daisy Street temporarily closed at 12th Street in Clearfield while the borough’s street crew prepares for summer paving. (Photo by Theresa Dunlap)

Stinky Run repairs have Daisy Street temporarily closed at 12th Street in Clearfield while the borough’s street crew prepares for summer paving. (Photo by Theresa Dunlap)

CLEARFIELD – Last night, the Clearfield Borough Council reviewed progress on repairs to the Stinky Run underground water channel, where it crosses Daisy Street at 12th Street.

Borough Street Commissioner Fred Long said the street crew is working on head walls and laying pipe and will be ready to lay concrete next week.

Repairs were required after a metal cover on the waterway failed last month when a tri-axle truck broke through on Daisy Street.

Borough Operations Manager Leslie Stott said the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was very cooperative in processing the permit, which was needed before the work could start.

She said the permit was received Monday, and the crew went right to work. She noted Engineer Todd Banks of Stiffler, McGraw and Associates Inc. has been at the site several times during the week overseeing the project.

Long commended the street crew for their work to move the project along.  It was noted paving of this section of Daisy Street is scheduled to begin soon.

Banks has been working on a new construction project for Stinky Run that’s designed to resolve a number of issues caused by the stream. It was reported Banks will be at next week’s council meeting when bids will be opened for the large-scale project.

The project will be funded with a Community Development Block (CDBG) Grant through the state Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

Long also reported the Clearfield Municipal Authority made significant repairs for the areas of settling after recent line replacements, also in preparation for scheduled paving.

Stott said she’s received calls regarding pot holes and other street issues, and asks the public to be patient until the Stinky Run/Daisy Street repairs are completed

Nichole L. Mendinsky, RLA, a Landscape Architect for Herbert, Rowland & Grubic Inc., presented information regarding the borough’s Streetscape Project slated to begin in August.

Stott explained Mendinsky is partnering with the borough through Clearfield County Economic Development Corp.’s Riverfront project.

Mendinsky discussed various options of Phase I of the Streetscape Project, which includes plans for a Market Square multi-purpose facility and improved parking. Considerations for the project are to make Market and East Locust streets one-way for easier access for deliveries and for traffic flow.

Council discussed expanding the defined Downtown Business District, which will require ordinance changes.

The Streetscape project is a cooperative effort with CCEDC’s Riverfront project and Clearfield Revitalization Corp.’s downtown revitalization programs.

Code Enforcement Officer Larry Mack pointed out that there are a lot of swimming pools, decks and hot tubs being installed throughout the borough. He reminds residents that these projects require building permits and inspections. He said he’ll begin following up on permit violations on Monday.

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