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Bid accepted for first phase of Showers Field construction
Friday, December 7, 2012
By Josh Woods Staff Writer
DUBOIS - A bid for phase 1 construction at the Showers Field baseball complex has been accepted and construction is scheduled to begin on or after June 1, 2013.
DuBois City Council, at its work session yesterday, approved a total bid of $745,870 from Dave Roman Excavating Inc., Reynoldsville, for phase 1 construction. DuBois Area School District will contribute approximately $375,000 toward phase 1 of the project, with the city picking up the other half of the tab, City Manager John "Herm" Suplizio said. The school district's portion will be paid on or before July 15, 2013, he said.
Phase 1 includes a new backstop, artificial turf infield, grass outfield, drainage, dugouts, bathrooms, wiring and lighting installation, Suplizio said. Light fixtures will be purchased from the COSTARS program, Suplizio said.
Preliminary planning for phase 2 of the project includes a grandstand, concessions and the parking lot, Suplizio said.
The city received a $200,000 matching state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant that would be applied to phase 2 of the project, he said.
Both the bathrooms and the parking lot would be open for public use in conjunction with Beaver Meadow Walkway.
Council approved a pair of letters opposing a proposed deep disposal injection well in the Highland Street Extension area of Brady Township. DuBois City Planning Commission and DuBois Watershed Committee submitted the letters.
Councilwoman Diane Bernardo said city officials received an e-mail from Clearfield County Planning and Development Commission Director Jodi Brennan in regard to the proposed well. According to the e-mail, Windfall Oil & Gas proposes to inject about 1,000 barrels of wastewater per day, equating to 20-25 trucks per day. Operation would occur between 7 a.m. and 7 pm. Brennan's email notes there is potential the company would go for a permit amendment to seek a 24-hour operation.
"I hope we can put the brakes on this before we become the land of DIW's," said Bernardo.
A public hearing on the proposed well will be hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency Monday at 7 p.m. at the Brady Township Community Center.
Council discussed the non-uniform pension committee's recommendation to award a cost-of-living adjustment increase of 1.7 percent for all non-uniformed retirees. The committee is comprised of two union members, two administrators and a councilman, Suplizio said. Councilman Ed Walsh said he is council's representative on the committee but he wasn't informed of any committee meetings. The matter was tabled to allow council time to gather information and investigate the lack of communication.
A first reading of council bill No. 1881 was approved. It is an ordinance relative to the establishment and maintenance of the police retirement plan or fund. It amends certain provisions of the pension plan or program applicable to DuBois City police and restates the plan or program in its entirety.
In other business, council approved a request from the American Red Cross, Heartland Chapter to use DuBois City Park from May 28 through June 1 for its summer carnival.
Housing Authority Commissioner Patty Bailey was reappointed to a five-year term ending Jan. 1, 2018.
DuBois City Council's next meeting is Monday at 1 p.m. at the city building. A second reading of the 2013 budget is scheduled for 12:45 p.m.
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