DUBOIS – City residents will now be subject to Council Bill No. 1895, an ordinance which amended Chapter 5 of the Code Ordinances of the City of DuBois.
This ordinance added Part 6 “…providing for the issuance of tickets for those offenses as defined by resolution rather than citations as the initial form of due process thereby promoting the best interests of residents of the city of DuBois by permitting the resolution of an alleged code enforcement violation …without resorting to the courts to resolve the matter,” explained City Solicitor Toni Cherry.
City residents Robert and Scheldean Jose were present to express their pleasure regarding the passage of the ordinance. “We’re glad that it is passed,” said Robert. Scheldean added, “And, we hope it takes care of the problem next to us.”
Other efforts to beautify the City included using funding ($596,000 largely awarded through grants) to re-do a commercial loop from West Long Avenue to High Street. Among other items, renovations will include street lights and handicap accessible sidewalks.
Noise complaints by city residents regarding trucks utilizing their compression release engine brakes (also referred to as engine brakes) while traveling along Maple and Brady streets have initiated research by the council.
Brockway and Ridgeway were two local areas identified as having ordinances, which currently prevent large vehicles from using the noise causing brakes.
According to City Manager John “Herm” Suplizio and Council Member Edward Walsh, engine brakes can be turned off by the vehicle operator.
Cherry raised a question regarding the roads being state roads. Suplizio confirmed that they were. Further research is being conducted as to what can be done to regarding the noise.
Members of the DuBois City Police, including Police Chief Ron A. LaRotonda, attended the council meeting, and hosted a meet and greet afterwards.
Refreshments were provided by the city police whose officers were present to meet city residents, as well as members of the council.
Highlighting last week’s Work Session was Trick or Treat hours being set for Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Prior to Trick or Treating at 4:30 p.m., West Long Avenue will be shut down from Shankel’s Parking Lot to the intersection with Brady Street for the Halloween parade. The parade starts at 5 p.m.