Grampian park to close during project|
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
By Dianne Byers Staff Writer
GRAMPIAN - Last night, Grampian Borough Council heard a status report on the project to rehabilitate the stream bank along a portion of Davis Run and curb storm water run-off from U.S. Route 219 into Grampian Community Park.
Barbara McCracken, council president, told council work is going "full steam" at the park necessitating it be closed through June 22. She said the park will reopen just in time for the annual Grampian-Penn-Bloom Festival and Homecoming June 24-30 at the park. The park's closing was advertised and letters have been sent to the Curwensville Area School District advising it the park is closed.
She said the work schedule has been slightly hampered by the recent wet weather but hopes are it will be completed on time.
McCracken also reported a battery backup was recently purchased for the traffic signal located at the intersection of state Routes 879 and 729 at a cost of $6,575.
The mechanism has an indicator that can tell at a glance whether the light is being powered by electricity or the battery backup. She said thus far, the backup is working well citing last week's storm when electricity for many of the borough's homes was out, the signal kept working.
The majority of the cost for the backup will be paid with $5,000 in Clearfield County's special liquid fuels funds allotment. McCracken said there is a possibility of future grants to pay the remaining costs but for the present the remainder of the bill will be paid from the borough's state liquid fuels fund stipend.
Council also discussed again the practicality of adopting an occupancy ordinance that would require those moving into and out of the borough to notify the borough office.
McCracken said the borough recently received a list of residents from Keystone Collections Agency - the agency that collects earned income tax for the borough and some of the names on it were not correct.
"Taxes are the borough's paycheck and if we don't have tax revenue coming in how can we take care of the borough's needs. If people refuse to pay then the good people of the borough who do pay their taxes will have to make up for it," she said.
William Waterloo, council member, said he believed council should adopt an occupancy ordinance noting "it would eliminate a lot of problems for us if people were required to notify us when they are moving in or out of town."
Council is waiting to receive a sample ordinance from another community.
In other business, council:
• approved advertising for a part-time, temporary employee who would work on an as needed basis.
• discussed people dumping junk on their properties and several ways to possibly remedy the situation.
Council's next meeting is July 2 at 7 p.m. at the Grampian-Penn-Bloom Fire Co. hall, Grampian.