CLEARFIELD – Clearfield Borough Council voted on the use of grant money, received information on a recent incident on Daisy Street and discussed other matters.
Community Planning Specialist Lisa Kovalick attended for the final hearing for the Fiscal Year 2020 Community Development Block Grant funding.
She said she worked with the borough on what the money could best be used for and it was decided to earmark the money for stormwater improvements on Clearfield Street between Soult and Turnpike avenues.
When they talked with some of the residents, they were extremely happy with the prospect of having the problems fixed. Kovalick said the stormwater system is the old sewer system and has been damaged by tree roots and other things, resulting in flooded basements and other issues.
A survey indicated about 68 percent of the residents are low- to moderate-income, meeting guidelines for CDBG money.
The agreement and resolution allocate $94,698 for the project and $20,787 for administrative costs. The project will be submitted by the county commissioners Oct. 28 to the state.
Assistant Police Chief Nathan Curry spoke to council about the incident Oct. 14-15 on Daisy Street, noting that the official final report will come from the Pennsylvania State Police.
As reported in a recent article, on Wednesday evening, borough police conducted a traffic stop on Christopher Kanouff, 48, of Clearfield, who ultimately fled on foot, pointed a handgun at officers and barricaded himself in his apartment on Daisy Street.
Ultimately, the stand-off with police, including borough police, PSP and officers from Curwensville and Lawrence Township, ended in the suspect’s death.
Curry said he has talked with the officers who were on the scene as well as other officers and over the next few weeks, he and Chief Vincent McGinnis will continue to keep in touch with them and conduct briefings. He added that there are services available to the officers to help them work through their thoughts and emotions after the incident.
“The outcome was not what [we] would have wanted,” Curry said.
He also said that the police did all they could to secure the area and protect citizens, but some worked their way through the perimeter and Kanouff was able to describe the civilians he intended to shoot, requiring officers to break cover and move to protect the person, putting more people at risk.
Curry reminds residents that when a perimeter is established, stay away.
Borough Operations Manager Leslie Stott announced that the borough Christmas Tree this year will be the tree in Lower Witmer Park, and decorations were donated in memory of John Crissman. She said the small trees at the courthouse will also be decorated.
It was also announced that on Oct. 24, the Centre County YMCA will be bringing the fire truck the borough donated to the Driving Park to hand out boxes of food to local families in conjunction with a program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Cisco.
There will be food boxes for about 720 families, consisting of frozen meat and vegetables, dairy and a gallon of milk.