Clearfield Police Trying to Curb Disturbances at Riverwalk

CLEARFIELD – Clearfield Borough police officers are doing what they can to curb disturbances on the riverwalk.

At Thursday’s meeting, Police Chief Vince McGinnis told the Clearfield Borough Council about several incidents involving groups of teens on the riverwalk.

McGinnis said residents have been complaining about the teens who have been playing music loudly, yelling profanities and littering.

McGinnis said there isn’t much the officers can do about the foul language, but the officers have spoken to the individuals several times about their conduct.

Council member Steve Harmic said he has also spoken with the teens involved in the disturbances.

“Residents should be able to sit out on their porches with their young children and not have to listen to profanities and rap music that is full of profanities,” Harmic said.

Harmic said he knew of residents who were no longer using the riverwalk because of these groups of individuals.

McGinnis said there is only so much the officers can do, but they’ve been doing what they can.

Borough Operations Manager Leslie Stott said the borough could turn off the power to the electrical outlets along the riverwalk.

She said if the teens don’t have access to the power outlets, they may move on. She said the borough can turn the power back on if there are events at the bandstand.

Also at the meeting, Kevin Stebits and Jayme Stonebraker of the Joseph & Elizabeth Shaw Public Library thanked the council for their financial support of the library over the years.

Stebits said there have been 29,500 visitors to the library this year. There have been 8,000 individuals logging on to the library’s online services each month, 4,500 individuals using the library’s WiFi connection and 2,900 e-books and audio books downloaded.

Stebits said the library hosts Storytime for young children, with about 75 participants per week, a summer reading program and many other programs for library patrons of all ages.

In other business, the council voted to approve:

  • A payment of $2,001 to Metro Technology for computer software for the police department.
  • Closing Pennsylvania Avenue from Third to Fourth Street for a community block party.
  • Holding Trick or Treat night Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Closing a portion of Zimmerman Avenue and Martin Street near the West Side United Methodist church for a block party.
  • A payment in the amount of $3,136.66 to Hunter Peterbuilt for repairs to Squad 1.
  • A payment in the amount of $3,727.75 to Hunter Peterbuilt for repairs to the GMC dump truck.
  • Sending an officer to crash investigation training Sept. 27 and Nov. 8 at a cost of $155 per class.
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