CLEARFIELD – Business owners and churches are being reminded to ensure their properties are secure at night.
At Thursday’s Clearfield Borough Council meeting, Mayor Jim Schell said as the police officers are on patrol, they routinely check the doors of businesses and churches. The officers will often leave a card at the doors to let the owners know they were there.
However, Schell said the officers have been finding a lot of doors unlocked or unsecured. Schell said he wanted to take the opportunity to encourage the businesses and churches to take a few extra minutes each night to make sure their doors are locked and the buildings are secure before leaving.
He said the officers do their best to check the buildings, but they can’t be everywhere at once.
Following the meeting, Sgt. Nathan Curry added that businesses owners and church trustees should be sure the police department has updated contact information for key-holders.
Curry said the department keeps the names and numbers on file at the station. He said the information is important because the officers will know who to contact if they were to find any problems.
Curry urged the businesses and churches to contact the police department if they need to update their contact information.
Also at the meeting, Schell said there have been problems with drivers running yellow lights in the downtown area. Schell said there have been several incidents where drivers have accelerated to “beat the light” and nearly caused traffic accidents.
Schell urged residents to take their time at the lights and to be cautious as the warmer weather approaches. He said many events and races will be taking place downtown and more residents, particularly children, will be out walking.
In other business the council voted to approve:
- Road closures for the Clearfield Revitalization Corp.’s Bloom and Berry Downtown Festival on June 23, for the CRC’s Art Festival on Aug. 18, and the Fall Festival and Pumpkin Run. Road closures will begin Friday evening before the events.
- Road closures for the St. Francis Rosary March held May 6 in the fairgrounds.
- Extending the spring clean-up due to weather conditions. Clean up will be the week of April 23 for residents on the west side of the river and for the week of April 30 for the east side of the river.
- Having fibermat and fog seal repairs done to Paddock Drive during the equipment fair May 23.
- Hiring Mitchell Klender as a full-time officer, effective April 21.
- Hiring Melissa Fannin as part-time animal control officer, effective April 9.
- Sending members of the street department to the Moshannon Valley Council of Governments equipment show and training day May 23.
- Instructing the borough’s civil service commission to create a hiring list for the police department.