Clearfield appoints Mack BCO officer|
Friday, January 18, 2013
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
The Clearfield Borough Council appointed borough Code Enforcement Officer Larry Mack as building code officer at last night's meeting pending receipt of his state certification.
It was announced at last week's meeting that Mack had passed the BCO certification test and all that is left for him to be certified is the payment of the certification fee and the state posting his name on its website.
As BCO, Mack said he would review and sign all the building inspections done by its building code inspection firm Middle Department Inspection Agency but will not be doing the inspections himself.
Former BCO Brian Rearick of Middle Department Inspection Agency will close out the projects he started as BCO.
Mack was approved as building code officer on a unanimous vote with Councilman Tim Winters dropping his opposition to Mack's employment and voting in favor.
Last fall, Winters and council member Patricia Kavelak attempted to have Mack terminated because he had not passed his BCO test.
Following the meeting Winters issued a statement to the media.
"I would like to commend Mr. Mack on fulfilling the requirements of his hiring, albeit three and a half years late. Moving forward I will continue to look out for the best interests of the residents of Clearfield Borough," Winters said.
Kavelak, along with council members Richard Stewart and Brian Lytle, was absent.
However, Mack still has to receive his International Property Maintenance Code certification. Council made this a requirement when it reaffirmed his employment last fall because new regulations are coming that will require those who administer the International Property Maintenance Codes to be certified.
During the public comment period of the meeting Linda Evans of Clearfield complained about a zoning permit Mack had issued her and his handling of a fence she had erected due to problems with her neighbors.
Mack said the situation occurred two years ago, and said he would pull her file to review what happened.
Evans also complained about high water rates in the borough and spoke in opposition to the Clearfield Municipal Authority's plan to replace its wastewater treatment plant at a cost of $33 million.
She asked if she could see the borough's financial statements regarding its sewer replacement project. Borough Operations Manager Leslie Stott said she could get them from the borough's right-to-know officer Marianne Herres. As for the CMA's financial records, she said she would have to go to the municipal authority for them.
She also suggested that she speak to CMA manager Jeff Williams if she has any questions or concerns about its proposed wastewater treatment project.
In other business:
• Marven Smith of Clearfield asked borough council members and the public to attend the state Department of Environmental Protection's public meeting being held Monday at 7 p.m. at the Lighthouse Church on the proposed landfill in Boggs Township.
He said he would like to see the church full to show the DEP this area is solidly opposed to the landfill.
• Officer Dan Farley, and Nathan Curry gave the borough an update on the DUI Strike Force. The borough police department is the administrator of the DUI Strike Force, which uses state grant funds to set up DUI checkpoints and roving patrols in targeted areas on targeted days such as during holidays using police officers from police departments throughout the county, Farley said.
He said they are working with Jefferson County to bring it into the fold, which would bring in additional grant funds.
Farley said the main focus of the program is to save lives by providing a deterrent to drinking and driving. He said often times just the sight of the DUI Strike Force trailer is enough to get people to think twice about drinking and driving.
According to Farley, since the DUI Strike Force was implemented five years ago the number of DUI crashes in the borough from six per year to only two last year.
And he said the DUI checkpoints and roving patrols also benefit the borough because they routinely make arrests for other activities such as drug offenses and warrants.
Dawn Roussey, safety press officer of the state Department of Transportation, said the DUI Strike Force is an important program in making area roads safer and said Clearfield and Centre counties are fortunate to be the only two counties in the region to have them.
And because it has police officers from local police departments working together it fosters better communications and teamwork between the departments as well.
• Stott announced that the International Fraternal Order of the Eagles of Clearfield has donated $2,000 to the police department for the purchase of its new handguns and $2,000 to the street department for the purchase of safety equipment.
• Todd Kling, chief of the fire department, said he has concerns with CNB Bank's expansion project and use of Vanvalzah Avenue to access drive-through windows saying it may interfere with access to the fire station and the parking there.
He said fire department personnel use Vanvalzah Avenue to access the fire station. Plus he said that many of the fire station's parking spaces that are along Vanvalzah are small causing vehicles to stick out into the roadway. He said if CNB's current plans for the drive-through are instituted the fire department would likely lose some parking spaces and said he is opposed to any plan that would make it harder for emergency personnel and vehicles to access the fire station or eliminate parking spaces at the station.
Stott said in speaking with bank officials the new drive-through would be a state-of-the-art system that is much faster so it won't have the long lines that traditional drive-through windows have.
She said CNB has a similar system already in place in Meadville.
Borough Solicitor F. Cortez "Chip" Bell III said since Vanvalzah is a public road, the borough cannot stop them from using it but said it appears CNB Bank is trying to be accommodating, when asked by The Progress following the meeting.
Currently the plan is still under review, Bell said.
Council voted to:
• appoint Benjamin Timko to the UCC joint board of appeals, Ed Bartell to the Hospital Authority, Stott as the delegate and Barbara Shaffner as alternate to the Clearfield County Tax Collection Committee and accept the resignation of Rebecca Dotts as part-time secretary and advertise for her replacement.
• approve the gasoline and diesel fuel contract with JJ Powell.
• purchase six tires for the borough's Dodge 5500 from Thompson and Buck of Clearfield for $1,368.
• approve the placement of a handicapped parking spot at 315 E. Market Street.
• approve the purchase of four new Tasers for the police department at a cost of $6,178 and sell the old Tazers to another law enforcement agency for $2,000.
• approve traffic control for the USO Run for the Troops being held in West Side on March 23.
• release the budgeted $1,000 to the CRC for the borough's membership dues and to release to the CRC the money the borough received from the state Department of Community and Economic Development on behalf of the CRC.
The borough is reminding residents to not push snow out onto the roadways and to make sure sidewalks are clear including at the crosswalks of intersections. Stott said the borough is having issues with handicapped accessibility on some of the borough's sidewalks/crosswalks because property owners are not clearing them. Mayor Jim Schell thanked residents who cleared the fire hydrants of snow. He also asked people to drive slowly and be patient around school buses.