DuBois City Approves Amended Recreation Ordinance

DUBOIS – People who visit DuBois City park and recreation areas must now follow new regulations.

On Monday night, DuBois City Council voted unanimously to approve its amendment to its recreation ordinance.

Prior to the vote, council made some revisions. For example, dogs will be permitted in recreation areas, and not limited to designated areas.

However, dog owners must still have their pets on a leash that’s no more than six feet long.

DuBois City officials retain the ability to enforce temporary bans on dogs for special events, which will be properly posted.  In addition, they’ll be able to ban specific dogs that appear to be “uncontrollable” to city police officers.

Council condensed its lengthy section of restrictions on specific vehicles into “non-pedestrian forms of transportation.”  These will not be permitted, unless approval is granted by a city official or police officer at their discretion.

Council noted that visitors who are using “non-foot methods” to travel in recreation areas must yield to pedestrians.

Council set the hours of operation for city recreation areas, except for the tennis courts and walkways, at 6 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.

However, police will have the discretion to establish or change these hours based upon incidents that occur.

Violators could face a lengthy ban from the city’s park and recreation areas. And upon conviction by a district judge, they may also face fines and or incarceration.

Also, on Monday night, council members were presented with an aerial photograph of the paver project being done by the American Legion Post No. 17.  Pavers are still available for purchase.

(Photo by Steven McDole)

In other business, council:

  • announced the State American Legion Baseball Tournament, Senior Division, will be hosted by DuBois City.  The tournament will run from July 27-31 and will have eight teams. It will also coincide with both the 100th anniversary of the American Legion and its local post.
  • heard from a concerned citizen who requested for city officials to look into having a sidewalk placed in the area of Auto Undertaker and Repair. They said there were sidewalks along Beaver Drive, and there was less of a need in that area. City Manager John “Herm” Suplizio explained the Beaver Drive sidewalk project was made possible with grants, and he wasn’t sure the city could afford to have this fall upon the taxpayers. He also reminded that Route 255 is a state road, and the right-of-way isn’t for the city’s use on its own. Plus, he said what isn’t part of the right-of-way is private property.

Shown is the eastern side of the property. (Photo by Steven McDole)

Shown is the western side of the property and the worn gravel section that serves as a very narrow sidewalk. (Photo by Steven McDole)

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