Volunteers Still Needed for Red Cross’ Sound the Alarm Event

CLEARFIELD – The American Red Cross and Clearfield volunteers will be going door-to-door April 28 to help residents install free smoke alarms during the “Sound the Alarm, Save a Life” event.

Clearfield Borough Operations Manager Leslie Stott said that some volunteers are even coming from out of the area that day to help.

However, she said the borough is still in need of volunteers from Clearfield to help canvas the borough and ensure everyone has a working smoke detector.

Stott said anyone who is interested should come to the fire hall on Cherry Street at about 8:30 a.m. that morning for instructions.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Buck’s Pizza has already volunteered to provide food and other organizations have also offered services.

Several other items were discussed during the committee meeting Thursday.

(Photo by Wendy Brion)

Stott updated the borough regarding the Allen AME Church on Merrill Street, which recently collapsed. She said G&R Excavating had started work just prior to the collapse.

Since then, they found they needed an abatement, which was done April 3 and filed within seven days. Then a minute amount of asbestos was found in the basement of the parsonage.

Stott said there is no risk of contamination; however, G&R has called a specialist to remove the asbestos, then a report will need to be filed and the state Department of Environmental Protection will have 10 days to review the report.

She said it will be a while before work can get under way again, but G & R was able to come and do some cleanup of bricks, etc. from the neighboring property.

Police Chief Vincent McGinnis said with the nicer weather, the police have seen an increase in speeding in the borough and he reminds residents to slow down and watch for people, children and animals. Residents are also reminded to lock vehicles as thefts from vehicles are up, as well.

Also, there is still an ongoing issue with people getting phone calls supposedly from the IRS. He reminds residents that these calls are a scam and to hang up.

Churches and business owners are also reminded to double check their doors when leaving. McGinnis said the police have been doing checks at night and finding many doors unlocked.

Code Enforcement Officer Larry Mack reminds residents that they are to keep their front porches clear and neat looking and not use them as sheds to store items.

And he has found residents are leaving their trash cans in right of ways and not moving them and has started to address that issue as well.

Other items to be approved by the council next week include road closures for the Bloom and Berry Bash June 23, the Art Festival Aug. 18, the Fall Festival and Pumpkin Run and the Rosary March, May 6.

The summer paving list has also been submitted. Streets include West Front from West Pine to Nichols streets; Spruce from South Second to Linden streets and Linden to Latimer streets; Pine from Williams to West Front streets; Williams from West Pine to Clearfield streets; and Healy Avenue from East Walnut Street to Leavy Avenue.

The following will be tarred and chipped: Hughes from Nichols to Clearfield streets, Duke from East Fourth to the end; Adams and Dairy Lane.

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