DuBois City Council accepts mayor’s resignation | News

DuBOIS – DuBois City Council reluctantly accepted Mayor Randy Schmidt’s resignation during Thursday’s business meeting.

Schmidt, who was not at the meeting, told his colleagues in a letter that he was retiring from the DuBois area school district at the end of this year and: “I think it’s time to slow down my life and spend time with my wife. and family at our camp in Elk Country, PA.

Schmidt was elected mayor in November after serving 17 years on the council.

Noting that his decision was very difficult, “I am extremely satisfied and happy with the projects that we have carried out since I became a member of the municipal council and mayor of this great city. I am fortunate to be part of the many streetscape projects, the renovation of our baseball and softball fields and to participate in the development of a field accessible to people with disabilities in our region. These fields are by far the best in our region and probably in the entire state.

“I would like to thank each of you for your support over these many years,” his letter concluded. “I wish you good luck in all your future endeavors as I am sure I will leave this city in very capable hands.”

The council did not discuss filling the vacant mayor post. By virtue of his charter of autonomy, the mayor is a voting member and exercises the functions of chairman of the council. Vice-President Ed Walsh will assume this role on an interim basis.

Depending on how the seat is filled, there could be up to four of the five council seats on the ballot in the 2021 municipal election.

Shane Dietz serves the last two years of Schmidt’s tenure on council before his election as mayor.

The last two years of Schmidt’s tenure as mayor will also be on the ballot.

The current term of City Councilor Jim Aughenbaugh expires at the end of 2021.

Aughenbaugh, Walsh and City Councilor Diane Bernardo expressed their sense of loss over Schmidt’s departure, but wished him luck and thanked him for his service.

City Manager John “Herm” Suplizio said: “It has been a privilege to work with him on the fire department as well as on council and as mayor, not to mention the number of projects across the city. I cannot thank him enough for his dedication and support to this community. He always put it first.

“His dedication to the firefighters is unmatched,” Suplizio continued. “I really appreciate all the blood, sweat and tears he gave and wish him the best. His family should come first.

The water level at the reservoir is 17 inches below the spillway and the current drought wave prompted the council to ask residents to observe the conversation about voluntary water use.

City engineer Chris Nasuti said if the level continues to drop and is 22 inches below the spillway at the end of this month, mandatory water conservation measures will be instituted.

Police Chief Blaine Clark is asking residents to slow down and be vigilant when school begins next week. He said “We’ll be there,” helping motorists slow down.

Fire Chief Joe Mitchell told council that in response to a fire on East Park Avenue, 2 minutes 50 seconds elapsed from when the call was answered to Clearfield County 911 until the first unit arrives on the scene. From shipping to arrival it took 2 minutes. “This is pretty darn good,” Mitchell said.

Suplizio said the joint municipal consolidation study with the Township of Sandy continues to move forward and is about three-quarters complete. The consultant will soon contact elected officials to obtain their opinion.

Prior to Monday’s regular council meeting, there will be public hearings on four council bills. Start of hearings at 6:40 p.m.

  • The 1949 Council Bill deals with water tariffs.

The rate per 1,000 gallons of water up to 100,000 gallons will increase from $ 7 to $ 8.50 per month and from $ 3 to $ 3.75 per 1,000 gallons for use exceeding 100,000 gallons per month.

  • The 1950 Council Bill will increase sewage tariffs.

The sewer surcharge will go up from $ 2 per month and will reflect the water meter surcharges to “match” the rate. The new sewer surcharge will range from $ 5 per month for a 5/8 to 3/4 inch meter to $ 187.50 for an 8 inch meter.

  • The 1951 Council Bill is a debt ordinance to finance water projects.

The amount, provided by NexTier Bank at 2.53 percent, will not exceed $ 4.5 million.

  • The 1952 Council Bill provides for engineering costs of no more than $ 3.5 million for the new wastewater treatment plan. This rating will come from S&T Bank at 2.58%.

The new rates are expected to go into effect in September billing, barring any unforeseen delay.

A parking problem for semi-trailers along Lakeside Avenue will be resolved by installing signs designating the parking area.

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