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Commissioners look to relocate polling stations
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
The Clearfield County Commissioners announced yesterday at their workshop meeting they are considering relocating the First and Third Ward precincts in Clearfield Borough to the Expo I Building.
The polling location for First Ward is currently located at the Fire Station on Cherry Street and the Third Ward polling location is located at the former Third Ward Fire Hall on Martin Street.
If approved, both polling locations would be located in the Expo I Building located at the Clearfield Driving Park. Each precinct would remain separate entities with their own election boards, ballots and equipment but would be located at opposite ends in the same building, according to Dawn Graham, director of elections.
She said there would be signs directing voters to the correct side.
Clearfield Borough has requested the polling locations be relocated because it interferes with operations at the fire station and forces the fire department to relocate its equipment outside on Election Day, and the former Third Ward Fire Hall doesn't have heat and no longer is set up for these purposes, according to Joan Robinson McMillen, chairwoman of the Clearfield County Commission-ers.
Clearfield County Commissioner Mark McCracken said the new location is an improvement and has more parking than the current locations.
Before the polling locations can be relocated, the county must properly advertise the change and hold a public hearing to give the public the opportunity to express their views on the change.
The commissioners are holding the public hearing their Aug. 27 meeting, which starts at 10 a.m. at the county Administration Building on East Locust Street, Clearfield.
Those with comments or questions can submit them in writing to Dawn Graham, Director of Elections, 212 E. Locust Street, Suite 106, Clearfield PA 16830 or e-mail at no later than 4 p.m. on Aug. 26.
In other business, the commissioners voted to:
• approve the payment of $7,000 to Bowman Masonry for repairs to the sidewalk in front of the courthouse.
• approve the proposal from Real Estate Appraisal & Marketing Associates to perform an appraisal on the Dimeling Senior Residences to be used in the property tax appeal of the property.
The cost of the appraisal will be shared by three taxing authorities the county, the Clearfield Area School District and Clearfield Borough.
• appoint Michael Ordonez to the CPCA (Community Action) Board. He replaces Carol Lieber.
• advertise to fill the vacancy on the Clearfield County Recreation and Tourism Authority due to the resignation of Jane Elling. The term runs until Dec. 31, 2015.
Commissioner John Sobel thanked Elling for her years of service on the board.
• appoint Mike McCloskey to replace Jamie Straub on the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission.
• authorize Solicitor Kim Kesner to draft a letter to the ATA requesting additional information under the Right To Know law.
Kesner said some of the information the commissioners are requesting includes the salaries of the managerial staff of the ATA as well as eight other items.
Kesner said he would allow the media to see the letter once it is completed.
• approve the Liquid Fuel allocation to Lumber City Borough for $1,500.
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