Clearfield Boro OKs agreement with CCEDC|
Friday, July 20, 2012
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
The development agreement between Clearfield Borough and the Clearfield County Economic Development Corp. was finalized in time for the June 29 deadline, reported borough Solicitor F. Cortez Bell III at last night's meeting of the Clearfield Borough Council.
The borough received a $5 million Redevelopment Capital Assistance grant from the state to develop commercial and residential properties in downtown Clearfield and a riverwalk between the Nichols Street and Market Street bridges in downtown Clearfield.
Council voted last April to approve an agreement with the CCEDC for it to be the developer for the project, pending legal approval by Bell for there were some contractual issues that needed to be worked out. The state set a deadline of June 29, and Bell said they were able to finalize the contract before the deadline.
In the agreement, the CCEDC agreed to be the developer of the project at no cost to the borough, but the CCEDC would be the owner of the properties and the properties would be placed on the tax rolls, Bell said.
Originally, the borough had selected Bob Yoder and his firm Impact PA of Turbotville as the developer of the project, but last year the borough severed its relationship with Yoder citing a lack of progress on the project.
In other business:
• the new playground equipment has been installed in Kurtz Park, but borough operations manager Leslie Stott reported the company sent the borough the wrong color scheme for the equipment. She said the playground equipment was supposed to be green, butterscotch and red but the playground equipment sent to them was red, white and blue.
The borough had purchased the equipment from Bitting Recreation for $32,559.34, using Community Development Block Grant funds, according to a previous article in The Progress.
Stott said the company also sent the wrong color of park benches for Upper Witmer Park as well. The benches they sent are red but were supposed to match the playground equipment and be green with beige poles.
She said the new playground equipment appears to be very popular with area children but said the borough is in negotiations with the company for the borough to receive some kind of compensation for the mix-up.
• Stott reported the borough is looking to have some dead trees removed, the trees are as follows, two in Upper Witmer Park, along the river near the library, one near the boat dock, one at the point in Upper Witmer Park and one along Market Street. She said she is currently getting quotes for the cost of the tree removal.
The borough voted to:
• accept the resignation of James Moyer and William Swisher from the police Civil Service Commission and appoint Ann Jane Ross, Andrew Brickley and Jim Leitzinger to the Civil Service Commission.
• approve the fire department's drivers list.
• approve traffic control for the YMCA's 5K race on Saturday morning of the Clearfield County Fair.
• pay Tibbons Auto Body and Towing $2,457.41 for the towing and repair of the street sweeper.
• reappoint Andy Spencer to the borough planning commission.
• sell the borough's 2004 Ford Crown Victoria to Diana Muhlon for $200.
• pay William Miller $1,878.38 for half of the fee for arbitration.
Code Enforcement Officer Larry Mack reported the borough is receiving numerous complaints of open burning. Mack reminded residents that open burning is prohibited in the borough and violators will be cited.