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City of DuBois to complete projects
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
By Josh Woods Staff Writer
DUBOIS - The City of DuBois moved forward with refinancing its S&T Bank loan and will use part of the savings to complete its state Route 255 water extension and Showers Field projects.
At last night's city council meeting, City Manager John "Herm" Suplizio said a portion of the city's gain would be used to complete the projects - leaving a savings of approximately $120,000.
"This is good timing, good money management, and a good way to save about $100,000 per year," said Suplizio. "We've got a couple of these projects going on that we're funding by doing this. There aren't too many times when we get a win-win situation, and this one is."
Earlier last night, council took necessary steps to authorize the refinancing of its loan. A public hearing was held on its debt ordinance, and a second reading of it was approved. No comments were received at the public hearing.
The debt ordinance authorizes the incurrence and increase of non-electoral indebtedness in the principal amount of $4,664,523 to be evidenced by the city's general obligation note, series of 2013. The note would bear interest at the rates described in a written proposal from S&T Bank and the city's loan agreement.
Another bill brings uniformity to the city's parking meters. Council passed a second reading of council bill no. 1883, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2013. The ordinance regulates the time of operation for on-street and off-street metered parking, stipulating it shall be Mon.-Sat. from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. It also allows motorists to pay for up to 8 hours without re-feeding a meter. The meter rate remains 25 cents per hour.
During public comment, Dr. Jeffrey Rice requested council support of his train car-dining project at Dr. Doolittle's. Rice plans to put two or more historic rail cars on city-owned property to promote DuBois' railroad history. Rice has one rail car in his possession, a 1947 rail car he plans to convert into a restaurant with a 1950s motif. He's interested in two other rail cars - a 1927 car used by Presidents Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower and Winston Churchill and a 1901 car used by President Theodore Roosevelt and built by President Abraham Lincoln's son.
A building inspector does not consider the rail cars to be historic structures, Rice said, though the state Historical and Museum Commission disagrees. As new structures, building code would require a foundation, ceiling and sidewall insulation, and a handicap accessible doorway, he said. Dr. Rice wishes to put the train cars on a rail and leave their mahogany interiors unharmed.
Rice has applied for a variance from Sandy Township's Building Code Board of Appeals. A hearing would be advertised for two weeks, prior to the board considering his request. DuBois City Councilwoman Diane Bernardo made a motion to write a letter to the Board of Appeals supporting the project. All were in favor.
DuBois Police Chief Mike DiLullo gave a monthly report. In December, DuBois Police Department handled 14 thefts, 10 burglaries, three forgery/frauds, 27 activated alarms, 13 incidents of criminal mischief, 32 harassment/assaults, 16 disorderly conduct/disturbances, 21 domestic/ fights, 14 animal calls and 16 suspicious persons or circumstances.
The department checked on the welfare or mental health of 24 individuals, conducted four lost, missing or runaway persons investigations, three drug or narcotic investigations and three liquor law violations.
DiLullo said DuBois PD conducted 40 traffic accident investigations, issued 49 citations and four warnings and wrote 61 parking tickets. The parking tickets were issued for "here to corner," "wrong way," and other violations, he said. No parking tickets were issued for expired parking meters due to free holiday parking, he said. Police responded to 538 total calls for service.
DuBois City Council's next meeting is Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at the city building. A work session is scheduled for Feb. 7 at 4 p.m.
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