CLEARFIELD – Last night, Clearfield Borough Engineer Todd Banks of Stiffler, McGraw and Associates Inc. opened seven bids for a curbing and sidewalk replacement project on Third Street.
Most companies offered base bids and alternate bids. Banks explained the base bids are for traditional construction in which the curbing is installed separate from the sidewalk and alternate bids are for the newer method of constructing the curbing and sidewalk together in one cement pour.
The lowest bid was from Horizon Construction Group of Sandy Lake (near Grove City), offering a base bid of $363,500, and an alternate bid of $353,000. Council agreed to award the bid to Horizon, pending engineer review. They also agreed to go with the base bid for the traditional design, to be consistent with what is already in place downtown.
Banks noted the grant for the project totals $450,000, which will cover construction and engineering costs.
Borough Operations Manager Leslie Stott reported that major vandalism is occurring at Lower Witmer Park. She said vandals have torn apart several picnic tables. Stott added she’s ready to order new, heavy-duty picnic tables at a cost of $300 each, but will wait until the vandalism issue is resolved before replacing the tables.
Stott noted steps have been taken to improve visibility at the park, cutting back branches that obstruct view or light, plus added signage. She said the park is closed at 9:30 p.m.
Police Chief Vincent McGinnis said police are investigating the vandalism. Stott said the vandals will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. She encourages anyone with information or who may see suspicious activity at the park, to please call 9-1-1 to report to the borough police.
Stott also reported New Enterprise will begin paving Friday on Fourth Street, then will move to the west side to pave Williams and Linden streets.
Banks reported work on the repairs to the Stinky Run underground water channel at Daisy and 12th streets is progressing well. He commended the street crew for efforts to finish the job as quickly as possible, as paving on Daisy Street will begin soon.
Council agreed to have Solicitor, F. Cortez “Chip” Bell prepare an amendment to the Downtown Business District Ordinance to expand the defined Downtown Business District.
Bell is also to draft an ordinance to make Water Street from Market to East Locust and then East Locust Street from Water to Front streets one-way streets. Further, it was agreed to have Bell prepare documents for transfer of a right-of-way along Water Street to the Clearfield County Economic Development Corp. (CCEDC).