City of DuBois supports funding request for testing|
Friday, July 11, 2014
By Josh Woods Staff Writer
DUBOIS - DuBois City Council will submit a letter of support for Nature Abounds to resubmit a grant-funding request to the Department of Community and Economic Development for baseline private water well testing in the Highland Street Extension area near DuBois in Brady Township.
Council believes Highland Street Extension is a high priority area for private water well testing due to the proposed commercial disposal injection well and shale gas wells. Council approved the letter of support at yesterday's work session.
According to Councilwoman Diane Bernardo, Nature Abounds would use the funds to conduct testing at 17 private water wells located within a quarter mile radius of the proposed injection well. If there are funds left over, Nature Abounds would expand its testing, she said.
Earlier this year, DuBois asked the EPA to deny Windfall Oil & Gas's disposal injection well permit. In a letter to EPA, city council said "undue pressure from injection activity could push fluids along the fault lines into abandoned gas wells with the potential to contaminate underground sources of drinking water."
A request from DuBois Redevelopment Authority for council to post its minutes and the minutes of other city entities on the city web site was tabled until council can speak with its solicitor.
The minutes would have to be approved before they're posted online, City Manager John "Herm" Suplizio said. Minutes aren't approved until the following meeting, so there would be a delay in posting the information, he said.
"I think we're the most transparent organization that I'm a part of," said Councilman Ed Walsh. "All of the information is in the paper the next day."
A request for modification to the Daugherty property was rejected, as recommended by the DuBois Planning Commission. The planning commission recommended the rejection of the modification request because the applicants failed to appear at its meeting to further discuss the matter.
A revised land development and site development plan for DuBois Country Club was approved contingent on the receipt of proper DEP and storm water management permits.
Code Enforcement Officer Zac Lawhead gave a brief report. Lawhead is working to set up a meeting with Advanced Disposal's collections specialist, he said. Garbage pickup is mandatory under the city's code of ordinances, he said.
Lawhead has received numerous calls regarding stray cats. The city doesn't trap feral cats and can't resolve the issue without knowing who their owner is, he said. Residents are also reminded to be courteous and pick up after their dogs, he said.
Police Chief Ron Larotonda gave a report for June. DuBois police handled 23 thefts, seven burglaries, six forgery/fraud incidents, 21 activated alarms, 15 incidents criminal mischief, 26 harassment/assaults, 39 disorderly conduct/disturbances, 18 fights, 24 animal calls, 36 suspicious persons and 13 trespassing/unwanted persons.
DuBois PD responded to 20 check welfare/mental health calls and six lost, missing or runaway person calls. It conducted five drug or narcotic investigations and investigated 10 liquor law violations. There were 23 traffic accidents and police issued 146 citations, 29 warnings and 231 parking tickets. There were 917 total calls for service.
DuBois City Council's next meeting is Monday at 7 p.m. at the city building.