DuBois manager Suplizio to serve on advisory committee|
Saturday, February 23, 2013
By Josh Woods Staff Writer
DUBOIS - DuBois City Council has given Manager John "Herm" Suplizio its blessing to continue serving on Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley's local government advisory committee.
At city council's work session Thursday, council voted to allow Suplizio to continue serving on the local government advisory committee. The committee is an advisory and oversight board that studies the impact of legislation on local governments.
At the local advisory committee's recent quarterly meeting it discussed local government reforms and energy. According to the state Department of Community and Economic Development website, speakers from chambers of commerce and industry discussed how businesses and local governments could work together to provide a better economic climate. Speakers from the Public Utility Commission, the state Department of Environmental Protection and the governor's energy executive discussed Marcellus shale development, according to the DCED website.
Suplizio said Lt. Gov. Cawley appointed him to the local government advisory committee, and he has served on it with 10 other representatives from across the state. The committee discusses legislative updates and the impact of proposed bills on local communities, he said.
Council authorized bidding out the demolition of the former Dollar General Store located at 300 S. Jared St.
Redevelopment Authority Director Joe Mitchell said the authority purchased the property but was unfortunately denied grant funding for it. As a result, the authority would use leftover Neighborhood Stabilization Program money to demolish the building.
Suplizio said the building contains mold and needs to be cleaned up.
"It would not be cost effective to renovate," said Mitchell. "We hope to make it a developable lot. We're going to try and demolish the building and actively market the lot."
Suplizio said council would reopen a discussion about proposing a noise ordinance at Monday's regular meeting. Several people have contacted the city and asked to speak about it, he said.
Police Chief Mike DiLullo said individuals who make unreasonable noise and disturb other people are currently cited for disorderly conduct. However, an ordinance could specifically define what vehicle noise, amplified noise, etc. is, he said.
"I encourage everyone not to take matters into their own hands," said Chief DiLullo. "Please call us and let us take care of it. Sometimes it creates more problems when people try to handle the situation themselves."
In other business, a request from DuBois Area Jaycees to use the Edward V. Cherry Amphitheater, Little League field and tee ball field for its annual Easter egg hunt on March 30 was approved.
An executive session was held after the meeting to discuss a land sale.
DuBois City Council's next meeting is Monday at 7 p.m. at the city building.