Caution During COVID-19 Outbreak Raises Questions Over Clearfield’s Summer Activities

CLEARFIELD – Caution during the coronavirus outbreak has resulted in questions regarding how various activities will take place in the area this summer.

Clearfield Borough Council discussed some of these matters during Thursday night’s meeting.

One example is the Corner Concert Series. Borough Operations Manager Leslie Stott said the organizer would like to start holding the concerts again beginning June 5, but with the county under yellow status from the governor’s office, gatherings of more than 25 people are prohibited.

She said the first concert planned is of a very popular local band, and one idea proposed is to hold the concert in Lower Witmer Park, where people can space out better.

Another option is to postpone the beginning of the concerts altogether. Stott said they are working with the organizer and hoping that restrictions are lifted even more.

It was noted that the Clearfield County Fair is also in question, although at this time the fair board is planning on holding the fair, and is still looking at reports and holding discussions. Stott said the board is putting off making a final decision as long as possible.

She noted that the fair and park board has been there for the community for years and especially recently with the needs of the Salvation Army and Clearfield Area School District.

She asked that people be patient with them and others who have to make these very hard decisions in the coming months.

In other business, the council approved Stott executing contracts for two smartphones for the police department and a tablet for the street department.

The police have been using their personal phones to answer calls, get information and so on, and she said they need to have phones dedicated to the department.

Stott said the street department needs a tablet to keep track of PA One Call 811 marked sites in the borough.

Council also discussed an ongoing issue with an old railroad right of way along Third Street and residents on Linden Street debating who owns what.

Solicitor F. Cortez “Chip” Bell said when the railroad was abandoned the land was sold at auction, and council member Jim Kling agreed, adding that he understood all the parcels were purchased.

Bell intends to do more research in the assessment office regarding the matter.

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