CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield Borough Council held a short committee meeting Thursday and heard updates regarding leaf collection and the demolition of three structures in the borough.
Borough Operations Manager Leslie Stott said the street crew is working to get leaves gathered.
She noted that mother nature didn’t cooperate this year regarding when the leaves turned and began falling, so the street crew has been working overtime to get the leaves collected.
On Wednesday the clutch of the leaf vac caught fire. The crew did temporary repairs, but they do not know how long the repairs will last.
A new leaf vac is going to be purchased with grant money, but even if it was ordered now it wouldn’t be at the borough for another six months.
Stott asks residents to get their leaves to the curbs as soon as possible, as the vac will be used until next Friday, if the clutch lasts. Residents can also bag leaves in biodegradable bags and leave for the street crew.
The compost site is open and residents can take leaves there on their own.
Residents are asked to not sweep leaves into the streets. Wet leaves create a road hazard and can be as slippery as ice. Leaves also clog the stormwater drains, creating an additional hazard.
Code Enforcement Officer Larry Mack updated the council on three dilapidated properties in various stages of demolition. The house at 407 E. Walnut St. has been completely demolished, the debris removed and the property seeded.
The house at 328 W. Seventh St. is down and debris removal will begin soon. The third property is a house on S. Fourth St., which was badly damaged by fire recently. The structure is across from the Penelec building. Mack said demolition will begin soon.
Residents are reminded again to lock their car doors and not leave valuables in their cars. Police Chief Vincent McGinnis said the police are still receiving a large volume of calls regarding thefts from vehicles and most can be prevented by simply locking your car door.
Also, during Thanksgiving weekend all parking will be free in the downtown area, compliments of CNB Bank. The bank will be placing bags on the meters for this event.