DUBOIS – DuBois City Council on Monday night announced that the city has received two grants totaling $909,000.
The first grant ($199,000) will be used to purchase approximately 180 water system monitors. Once installed, the monitors will allow the city to track flows and identify any leaks in the system.
The second grant ($710,000) is to continue dredging Sandy Lick Creek as part of a city flood control project. The last dredging occurred from around state Route 219 and Clark Street to Reasinger Run near Showers Field.
Currently, plans are to continue as long as funding and environmental permits allow to include Liberty Boulevard, DuBois City Park and possibly DuBois Street.
City Manager John “Herm” Suplizio said dredging would remove some of the islands observed when water levels are low. He said once the island near Pentz Run is removed, it should help water flow from that point.
In other business, the city urged residents to properly dispose of leaves. Suplizio said leaves shouldn’t be blown or raked onto roadways, and instead bagged ahead of the city’s leaf collection.
Bagged leaves should be left in untied bags for curbside pickup. It was noted that the city does not vacuum raked leaves like some other communities.
Suplizio warned that leaves left in roadways could end up in the city’s storm drains and cause water flow to backup.