CLEARFIELD – An interesting and unusual event is going to take place in Clearfield Borough sometime in the beginning of December.
At Thursday’s council committee meetings, Borough Operations Manager Leslie Stott said that a massive industrial drum is being transported from the docks in Erie to Lock Haven.
The drum is so large that transporting it on Interstate 80 is not practical due to overpasses and other issues, so it will be transported over several days via U.S. Route 322.
Stott said that in preparation, the borough will need to take down traffic lights and arms, some signs and other lights and eliminate other obstacles.
The oversized load will be on a specially-designed trailer with separate steering control for multiple sections. There will also be a sizable escort of Pennsylvania State Police, the state Department of Transportation and others.
“There is no stopping this,” Stott remarked, adding that it took two years to plan the route and contingencies.
Also, it will take several days to traverse the route and take about two hours to travel through Clearfield from the bottom of Rockton Mountain, through the borough and eventually up Brewery Hill and out past the mall towards Philipsburg.
The exact date of the arrival in Clearfield is not known at this time and the borough will have more information for the public as the time nears.
The council members also heard from Carl Pizzella, who had a comment about code enforcement. He said he has contacted Code Enforcement Officer Larry Mack several times regarding different matters and is always told by Mack that he is very busy.
Pizzella suggested it might be time for council to either hire a secretary for code enforcement or a part-time employee to help with enforcement.
During Mack’s report, Stott explained to council that the issue is with overhanging limbs on High Street.
She said that it is a problem and that the borough crew does go throughout the borough doing “day lighting” by cutting off limbs, but they were not able to get to it this year because they were busy with other projects.
Mack added that he did go and look at the problem and then talked to Stott, and then contacted Pizzella and explained that the borough crew is aware of the problem, but other matters had taken precedence and the crew had been too busy to address the limbs.
Stott added that they hope to get them cut next summer.