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City of DuBois plans $35,000 forestry inventory
Friday, February 8, 2013
By Josh Woods Staff Writer
DUBOIS - The City of DuBois will spend $35,000 for a forestry inventory management plan after a discussion at yesterday's city council work session.
Watershed Committee spokesman Jack Dugan said the inventory would entail a forester examining, grading and certifying trees at DuBois watershed. The inventory would take about a year to complete, and certifying the timber would bring higher prices when it's forested, Dugan said.
The City of DuBois hasn't had a forestry inventory management plan done since 1991, Dugan said. There are five plots at the watershed and the fifth plot is ready to be forested, he said.
Council voted unanimously to hire Keith Horn Inc., consulting foresters to complete the inventory management plan at a cost of $35,000.
City Manager John "Herm" Suplizio asked council to again consider adopting a noise ordinance. Suplizio said DuBois Police Department receives several noise complaints, often at the same locations.
Mayor Gary Gilbert asked Code Enforcement Officer Zac Lawhead if a noise ordinance could be easily enforced. Lawhead said most noise complaints would likely occur at night and not during the afternoon when he's there. So, it would be up to the police department to enforce it.
Gilbert said the city would likely have to purchase a decibel meter to enforce a noise ordinance. At prior meetings, Police Chief Mike DiLullo has said noise complaints are often unfounded because the noise has ceased before the police arrive. Police have had noise issues at at least one establishment where people entering and exiting are letting the inside noise escape.
Councilwoman Diane Bernardo noticed motorists are parking on the curb along Main Street. Bernardo said she understands motorists are trying to get off of the road to avoid getting hit, but the curb is being damaged. She suggested the police department could begin leaving courtesy notices.
Lawhead reported on the progress of three unkempt properties. A letter was sent to the property owner of 7 N. Clark St., and a vehicle has been removed from the property, Lawhead said. It looks like some other debris has also been cleaned up, he said. Lawhead plans to give the property owner until Monday to finish cleaning up before turning the matter over to a magisterial district judge.
The owner of 6 Sherman Ave. contacted Lawhead about submitting plans for a building permit and redoing the property, he said. To date he hasn't received anything in writing, he said.
Garbage has also been picked up at 11 E. Weber Ave., he said.
An executive session was held after the meeting for a possible land sale. A second executive session is planned for Monday morning at 10 a.m.
DuBois City Council's next meeting is Monday at 7 p.m. at the city building.
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