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Progress continues on Stinky Run project
Friday, October 12, 2012
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
The design work on the Stinky Run flood control project in East End of Clearfield Borough continues to progress, borough engineer Todd Banks, of Stiffler McGraw & Associates said at last night's committee meetings of the Clearfield Borough Council.
Banks reported the design and engineering work should be completed sometime next year with construction slated to begin in 2014.
Stinky Run is a mostly underground stream that runs underneath East End. It reportedly received its name years ago when it used to be polluted with raw sewage.
The project will replace approximately 2,500 feet of underground pipe starting in the area of the Wrigley Street near the borough line. The pipes will run underneath East End, across Bigler Avenue (U. S. 322,) pass in between the ethanol plant and Satterlee & Sons buildings, cross underneath the railroad tracks to the river.
The project will replace the existing four-by-four foot box culvert with dual 60-inch diameter pipes, more than doubling the volume of water the stream can carry, Banks said.
A small portion of Stinky Run, approximately 100-200 feet, extends into Lawrence Township, and for that portion to be replaced; the borough would have to reach an agreement with the township, Banks said. Because the borough is the sponsor of the grant, it will be responsible for maintaining the new system.
The state Department of General Services is paying for the $2.6 million project to correct persistent flooding problems with Stinky Run. The project has been in the works since the mid 1990s but has been delayed several times due to funding, Banks said.

In other business:
• When asked how often the borough police provide protection in Lawrence Township, Chief Vincent McGinnis said the township often is without local police protection and relies on the state police to provide coverage.
However, he said there was a domestic incident recently on Turnpike Avenue in Lawrence Township. Lawrence Township didn't have any police officers on duty at the time so the state police were called.
However, the Clearfield Barracks only had three cars on duty at the time and didn't have the manpower to respond so the DuBois Barracks were asked to respond instead.
McGinnis said borough police responded and stood by at the scene waiting for the state police to arrive. However, they never did arrive so after 45 minutes of waiting the borough police cleared the incident and left.
When the domestic incident flared up again, the DuBois state police did respond the second time.
McGinnis said borough police only respond to Lawrence Township in emergency situations but said this situation involved a physical domestic incident.
Despite the gaps in Lawrence Township's police coverage, McGinnis stated that the township's requests for assistance have decreased by approximately two-thirds.
In other police business, McGinnis requested council consider purchasing a parking boot that can be affixed to the vehicles of repeat parking violators.
McGinnis said the borough has a problem with repeat offenders and said there are a lot of people out there who would be eligible for a boot.
Borough operations manager Leslie Stott said they are currently looking at a sample ordinance to use a parking boot.
McGinnis also said the borough is receiving numerous complaints about people parking on sidewalks and is reminding residents that it is illegal to park on borough sidewalks.
Code Enforcement Officer Larry Mack too said he is receiving a lot of complaints on this. He said they are having problems with people pulling into driveways but not pulling the whole way up so the vehicle blocks the sidewalk, causing an unsafe situation because pedestrians are forced to walk on the street.
• the borough is reminding residents that trick or treat night is on Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. and the annual Kiwanis Halloween Parade is being held on Oct. 30 at the Clearfield Driving Park.
McGinnis asked the public to take care when driving on these nights.
• Fire Chief Todd Banks reminded residents that fall is fire season and to have an emergency escape plan and make sure all their smoke alarms are working properly.
• the Public Works Committee voted to recommend sending Mike Mayersky and Matt Turner to PA One Call training in Altoona on Oct. 3, Bill Beveridge and Gregg Shaffner to PA One Call training in Clarion on Oct. 30 and to send Steve Biancuzzo and Howard Gallaher to excavator class in Ridgeway on Nov. 3.
The committee also opened bids for snow removal services and street materials.

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