CLARION - Clarion Borough Council May 5 formally enacted an ordinance amending borough traffic ordinances, but enforcement of parts of the new rules will not begin right away.
The changes bring numerous changes to parking throughout the town.
But borough residents John Andres and Pete Bauer both of the North Eighth Avenue area said the changes will create a hardship when it comes to residential parking near their homes.
The plan calls for the elimination of several parking spots in that area.
Both men agreed they have no problem with the on-street parking being eliminated during business hours but asked if parking could be allowed after 5 p.m. and on weekends.
John Marshall, borough legal counsel, explained a change would require another round of legal advertising and delay the project, which also calls for the re-installation of parking meters in the public parking lot along Liberty Street.
After some discussion, council agreed to enact the ordinance as is, but also agreed to amend the amendments next month to make the changes sought by Bauer and Andres.
Clarion Borough Police Chief William H. Peck IV said his officers would not enforce the new parking bans in the North Eighth Avenue area until all signage and curb painting is done.
It is suspected the signage changes and curb painting will not be finished until after the new amend is enacted.
"I see their point (about the parking issues)," Peck said. "I think we should go back and look at (ordinance amendments)."
As explained last month, the biggest changes involve metered parking throughout the borough.
The changes were prompted in part by a malfunctioning meter pay station at the Liberty Street Municipal Parking Lot.
Council member and public safety committee chair Ben Aaron said the pay station at the lot installed in 2011 -- is a one-of-a-kind prototype and the manufacturer no longer has any replacement or repair parts for the centralized machine.
Council also approved the award of two contracts to Fred L. Burns Inc. of Shippenville.
The first contract involves the replacement of a hot water boiler system at Clarion Free Library.
Fred L. Burns Inc. will do that work at a cost of $61,500.
The second contract involves renovations at the library including restrooms upgrades, sidewalks and needed work at a cost of $108,670.
The total of the two contracts is $170,170.
Todd Colosimo, Clarion Borough projects coordinator, said the work is being financed by a $105,385 Keystone Recreation Park and Conservation Fund grant administered by the state Department of Education, which includes libraries.
The grant requires a matching amount from the borough.
Colosimo said he split the work into two projects because the boiler works tends to be a specialized type of work.
The remaining $18,232 will remain in place for the project pending any unforeseen expenses.
In other business, council:
- Approved the hiring of Michael Seitz of Lucinda as a full-time public works laborer following a 30-minutes executive session to review candidates. The wage is $17 per hour.
- Approved the $1,925 purchase of a pre-built storage shed from Levi D. Mast Buildings of Venus.
- Aproved seeking bids for this year's possible paving projects, including:
Barber Street from Seventh Avenue to East Eighth Avenue.
Eighth Avenue from South Street to various points and intersections.
Weaver Place from Wood Street to Merle Road.
Madison Road from North Fifth Avenue to North Fourth Avenue.
Madsion Road from North Third Avenue to North Second Avenue.
Fairview Avenue from U.S. Route 322 to various intersections to Domenica Circle.
Leatherwood Drive from Grand Avenue to various intersections and points.