DuBOIS — City Manager John “Herm” Suplizio told the city council that the city has received a letter from Sandy Township regarding its intention to sell its water and wastewater systems.

Suplizio recommended, and the council agreed, to tell the township the city is interested.

Pool rates

The council voted to leave the rates at the city swimming pool unchanged for this summer. Suplizio said there will be major renovations this year and the pool may close a little early so the work can get underway.

Sidewalks

Code enforcement Officer Zac Lawhead’s reminder for residents to clear their sidewalks of snow and ice turned into a discussion about sidewalks in general.

Lawhead said there has been a substantial increase in the number of businesses using plow trucks to clear the sidewalks. That, he said, damages the sidewalks and is not allowed.

Suplizio told the council it needs to decide at what level to enforce the rules about sidewalks. Residents are increasingly parking on or across sidewalks in some areas, or removing the sidewalks so they don’t have to take care of them, or letting them grow over, or failing to repair them when they heave up or fall apart.

On a related note, Councilman Ed Walsh asked Suplizio to let PennDOT know that the paving job on Brady Street is “breaking up” less than a year after the work was completed. The city has no recourse in making repairs, since it is a state road.

Letter of support

The council approved sending a letter of support on behalf of Penn Highlands Healthcare’s $20 million renovation of its East Campus.

The work will involve construction of a three-story building and the demolition of the Fugate House and Tyler Building. The campus will become a Behavioral Health Complex that will have a total of 126 inpatient beds, an increase of 82 over its current capacity.

The new complex will create 104 new full- and part-time positions in addition to the current complement of 64 full-time and 24 part-time jobs.

Condolence

The council passed a resolution of condolence for John S. “Westy” Kucharski Sr., who died Jan. 23. He had worked in the Street Department from 1978-90.

First reading

The council passed the first reading of Council Bill 1931, which amends Ordinance 1829 by reducing the amount of a general obligation note from $181,078 to $129,700 for the purchase of a truck, plow and spreader.

Police activity

Police Chief Blaine Clark delivered the activity report for January.

Officers handled 1,022 calls, which included 19 thefts, four burglaries, 10 forger/fraud incidents, 20 alarms, five criminal mischief incidents, 31 assaults, 17 disorderly conducts, eight domestic disputes, 11 animal complaints, 38 suspicious persons or circumstances, 16 checks on individuals’ welfare or mental health, two missing persons, 17 drug investigations, three DUIs, 23 traffic accidents or investigations and 217 supplemental or follow-up contacts. Officers issued 31 citations, 11 warnings and 124 parking tickets. Calls for January totaled 1,022.

Regular meeting

The council will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the council chambers at the city building on West Scribner Avenue.

The council’s next work session will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22.

Thursday’s work session adjourned into a closed meeting for personnel reasons.

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