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Clarion Borough Council Accepts Bid for Clarion Free Library Stormwater Project

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 @ 12:02 AM

Posted by Chris Rossetti

Clarion Library Doors
CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – The much anticipated Clarion Free Library stormwater project is becoming a reality after the Clarion Borough Council accepted a bid for the project at Tuesday’s monthly council meeting.

The bid is for $52,250.00 and was awarded to EADS Group. Work will include replacement of the drainage system at the library, replacing the sidewalk from the front of the library to the back of the library on the side of the post office, a catch basin, and a handicap-accessible curve – among other things.

Issues have been happening at the library, including damage to the doors of the library since at least 2016. At the September 2016 borough council meeting, it was reported that recent heavy rains had caused at least $3,000.00 in damage to the library.

“Hopefully, this will stop water from coming in through the door,” said Councilman Jason Noto.

Councilman Ben Aaron asked if the repair of the doors is included in this bid, but Noto said that would be a separate bid.

It was mentioned that the design of the sidewalk will include the idea of new doors and that the sidewalk will slope away from the doors at a 1.5 percent grade.


The council also accepted a proposal from EADS in the amount of $4,900.00 to study a potential reconfiguration of the borough’s building’s floor plan.

“The way it is laid out is not functioning as well as it could,” explained Borough Council President Carol Lapinto. “We need a place for (borough secretary) Linda (LaVan-Preston). Instead of doing it piecemeal, we thought we would do a study and move on from there. This could give us better space for public meetings, the police department, the whole building.”

Aaron said there is a lot of “dead space” the way the layout currently is constructed.


A bid in the amount of $23,910.30 from Keystone Ridge Designs, to be paid through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), money was approved. In total, 28 new benches will be placed on Main Street. This is part of the Main Street Improvement Project.


An update was given on the Center Place Stormwater Project, which got underway in the area of the Comet Market Plaza, on Monday, February 4.

The entire project in terms of the pipework and inlets should take between eight to 12 weeks. Reconstruction will follow that.

The project, which is being paid for through a combined PennVEST loan/grant ($559,346.00 in a loan for 240 months at a one percent interest rate on the loan and grant of just over one million dollars).

A bid for the project was awarded to Bison Construction of Fairmount City, Pa., in the amount of $881,260.00 at the October 2018 council meeting.


The council gave permission to the new Infusion Nightclub/Grille (located at the previous Vinny’s Pizza) to close Center Place from Main Street to the end of the Main Street Building for the purpose of having a live band between noon and 7:00 p.m. on March 16.

The open container law will also be suspended in the area, which will be blocked off and have access only through the club, for beer but not liquor during the event.

“I think it is worth a try,” Borough Police Chief Bill Peck told the council.

Lapinto said Infusion had originally requested a four-day event, but the borough would like to try it for one day first to see how it goes.


In other business the council:

  • Approved a number of special event requests including: First Baptist Church’s request for a street closure for vacation bible school July 15-19, 2019; An Easter Sunday (April 20, 2019) closing of Grant Street from Fifth Avenue to Jefferson Place for an event being held in Memorial Park by Hope Rising Community Church; Clarion County Broadcasting’s request for their second annual Clarion River Days to be held June 8-9, 2019.
  • Adopted an ordinance restating the General Employees’ Pension Plan Ordinance
  • Was reminded that the Clarion Borough Stormwater Authority will be holding a public information meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at the Main Street Center.
  • Was informed by Mayor Daniel Parker that he performed 24 marriages in 2018. Parker is required by law to report to council the number of marriages he performs.

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