Local Woman Tells Clarion Borough Council She is Working to Start Park/Playground Fund
(Photo: Janice Horn is working towards creating a fund for playgrounds and/or parks in Clarion Borough)
Janice Horn addressed the Clarion Borough Council about her idea at Tuesday’s council meeting.
“I have lived in Clarion for over 50 years,” Horn said. “I raised my daughter here, and until recently I never realized the lack of parks and recreation for children. We lived in the area by the elementary school, and my daughter would play on the playground there. But last summer, when some relatives were visiting, they brought up that there is no place in town to have a picnic lunch.”
Horn said after this realization she decided to do something about it and decided that creating a fund to create “pocket” parks or a playground would be the way to go.
“I am developing a field of interest through Bridge Builders and the Clarion County Community Foundation Board,” Horn said. “It is in draft form right now, but I am going to take it to the Clarion County Community Foundation Board’s next meeting. If they approve of it, then I will take it to Bridge Builders. I hope to have something for you to act on at your September meeting.”
STEP FORWARD FOR STORM WATER AUTHORITY
The council took steps to move the process forward with the Storm Water Authority, which will be responsible for collecting a fee from property’s based on the amount of stormwater they generate.
Three agreements were approved including management agreement between the borough and the Clarion Storm Water Authority Board that would allow the Board to manage the borough-owned stormwater lines and the approval of a lease agreement between the borough and the Authority in which the lines would be leased to the authority.
According to councilman Jason Noto, the Storm Authority Board must now approve those agreements as well.
CENTER PLACE STORM WATER PROJECT UPDATE
The council approved a fee agreement with Marshall Law Office, LLC for the PennVEST Financing for the Center Place Storm Sewer project. Marshall Law, whose partner John Marshall is the borough’s solicitor, will be paid approximately $30,000.
In other news with the project, the council approved allowing the bidding for the project to take place. Bids will be open Sept. 25 and hopefully, a contract will be awarded at the Oct. 2 meeting with work to take place in the Spring of 2019.
“Let’s get this project started,” Noto said.
BIDS TO BE ACCEPTED FOR SEVENTH AVENUE/WOOD STREET STORMWATER REPAIR PROJECT
The council also approved procurement and award of services and materials to complete the Seventh Avenue and Wood Street Storm Water Repair Project. They hope to award the bids at a special council meeting being held Aug. 21 for the general purpose of this project.
MILES BROTHER ZONING CHANGE REQUEST GETS APPROVED WITH ONE NO VOTE
The zoning request change from R-1, Single-Family Residential District to C-I, Commercial Industrial District sought by the Miles Brothers and the topic of much debate earlier in the summer was approved with one no vote, Noto.
Noto said the fact that a lot of people expressed concern about the change prompted him to vote against it.
“I was hoping they might be able to reach an agreement, but I don’t think or at least I haven’t heard that they were able to,” Noto said. “Therefore, I voted no. If they had been able to reach an agreement (between the Miles and the nearby property owners) I would have probably voted in favor of it.”
NOTO SAYS SLOW DOWN AS SCHOOL APPROACHES
Noto wanted to advise the public to slow down around the borough as school gets ready to start both at Clarion University and Clarion and Clarion-Limestone School Districts.
“People need to slow down and watch crosswalks,” Noto said. “Please be careful. There is no place in Clarion you have to get to that fast.”
In other business the council:
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