CLEARFIELD – Trees were the talk of the town Thursday at the Clearfield Borough Council work session.
At Thursday’s meeting, the Planning and Community Development Committee reminded residents that there will be no Christmas tree disposal again this year.
Residents needing to dispose of their trees can take them to the borough’s compost site behind the Clearfield County Jail for disposal.
Council member Steve Harmic asked if the borough could also post signs in the parks, particularly Lower Witmer Park.
“The borough hasn’t collected trees for some time, but yet it seems every year, they keep piling up at the park,” Harmic said.
Borough Operations Manager Leslie Stott said she will see about getting some signs made.
Also at the meeting, Fire Chief George Proud reminded residents who have live trees to be sure to keep the trees watered. He said if the trees become too dry, they can become fire hazards.
On a positive note, Mayor Jim Schell said the Giving Tree has been doing extremely well.
“It’s been beyond expectations, but (Officer) Nate (Curry) will be here next week to talk about that,” Schell said. He said the deadline for dropping off gifts was Monday, but the police department and the Area Agency on Aging will continue to collect items for as long as necessary.
According to previously published GANT News articles, for Christmas 2015, the police department, the Area Agency on Aging, CBT (formerly known as Clearfield Bank and Trust), Clearfield Pharmacy & Gift Shoppe and CVS Pharmacy started the concept of the “Giving Tree” and the response from the community was “overwhelming.”
The trees were placed in Clearfield Pharmacy and CVS Pharmacy and were decorated with tags for males or females and some items they need or would like to receive. Donors could also give money toward the fuel assistance program.
With so many of the elderly residents living on a fixed income, many cannot afford fuel to heat their houses. For 2016 a special account has been set up with CBT specifically for the fuel assistance program. The account will be monitored by the Area Agency on Aging and distributed to the residents as needed.