Demolition slated for Third Street building|
Friday, February 22, 2013
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
This year's roadwork and the cleanup efforts of the Third Street fire were topics of discussion at last night's Clearfield borough council meeting.
The fire destroyed the former Ethan's Café/Angry Bean building the night/early morning of Feb. 9-10, causing an estimated $750,000 in damage and displacing several residents.
Borough Code Enforcement Officer Larry Mack said salvage work on the building is scheduled to begin today and fortunately, much of the equipment in the kitchen of the restaurant was not damaged and can be salvaged.
When asked by The Progress, Mack said the building is slated for demolition but said the owner of the building, Dustin Quigley, is moving very quickly and said the building would be down as soon as possible but no date has yet been set. Mack said borough regulations require the building to be demolished or be brought back up to code within 60 days.
However, the fate of the building next door that housed Evan's Photography has not yet been determined. Mack said Quigley is waiting for a decision from his insurance company.
Council also approved advertising for bids to have Daisy Street paved as well as this year's list of street repairs/paving.
Daisy Street is going to be paved from U.S. 322 to 14th Street at a cost of approximately $120,000, according to borough engineer Todd Banks of Stiffler, McGraw & Associates of Hollidaysburg. The borough is using Community Development Block Grant funds to pay for the project.
Councilman James Kling said there are many areas along Daisy Street that are having storm water problems that need to be corrected with new curbing. The public works committee is going to meet with Banks and go over the areas that are having issues with storm water runoff.
In addition to Daisy Street, council approved the street paving/repair list this year. They are Leavy Avenue from South Second Street to South Third Street, East Walnut Street from South Front Street to South Third Street, East Locust Street from North Front Street to South Third Street, Byers Street from High Street to the borough line and South Third Street from Witmer Street to Latimer Street.
The borough plans on repairing the base of Byers Street this year and have it repaved next year, according to borough Operations Manager Leslie Stott.
Total estimated cost of these paving projects is $123,753. The borough plans to pay for these projects using Liquid Fuels Funds, according to Stott.
If the bids for these projects come in lower than expected, she said the borough would also like to pave the one block of Margaretta Street this year, Stott said.
In other business, council voted to:
• send the draft Nuisance Ordinance developed by Mack and the borough planning commission to Solicitor F. Cortez "Chip" Bell III for review.
• deny the request for a handicapped parking space on East Pine Street.
• close Locust Street from Front Street to Water Street on June 2 from 12-9 p.m. for the Family Fun Day hosted by the Hyde Wesleyan Church.
• move the "No Parking" signs on East Locust Street further up the hill to create two new parking spaces.
• place "No Parking" signs on Bowes Street before East Sixth Street.
• close the necessary roads for the Clearfield County Fair Parade on July 29.
• approve the traffic control request for the St. Francis Pony Run on April 27.
• approve the traffic control for the Tour de Susquehanna on July 14 from 8-10:30 a.m.
• purchase a garage door and opener for the police station from Penn Central Door for $3,237.
• post Temple Avenue as "No Parking" from East Pine Street to Church Street.
• advertise for the usage of the International Property Maintenance Code 2009. Currently the borough is using the 2003 codes.
• advertise for lawn care bids.
• keep the pay rates for members of council at $75 per month and the mayor at $150 per month.
• send two police officers, John Brown and Eric McBride, to Punxsutawney for Crisis Intervention Training. The training would occur one day a week for five weeks. Chief Vincent McGinnis said the training would likely be at no cost to the borough for the department has secured a $1,000 grant to pay for the incidental costs of sending the officers to the training.
• authorize the personnel committee to look into restructuring the street department.
• release the $1,300 budgeted donation to the Community Pool Association.
• give the fire department up to $5,000 toward the purchase of a new van for the fire police. The fire department, the Firemen's Relief Fund and donations from the public are paying for the remaining cost, estimated to be approximately $20,000, according to Chief Todd Kling.
Stott reminded residents that on May 18 the CRC is holding a Downtown Beautification Day beginning at 10 a.m. to clean up tree boxes, plant flowers, and hang flags and the star lights and said volunteers are welcome.