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CLYMER: Residents point out storm drain problems

by on August 13, 2014 10:54 AM

CLYMER — Storm drain problems in Clymer were brought to the attention of council members during Tuesday night’s meeting.

The problems became apparent after recent heavy rains, several residents said.

Borough Manager Rob Barto told those in attendance that the borough had a list of several drains to rebuild and that materials were on hand.

Resident Ed Cochran, who lives along Second Street, said a drain near his house has been in disrepair for years. Tuesday night he said he was dealing with flooding in his basement and found that bricks had plugged the drain. Resident Steven Buterbaugh also brought crumbling drains to the council’s attention.

Resident Fred Catchpole, who lives on Morris Street, brought a series of concerns to the council about the state of some of the buildings in the borough. He said weeds had grown up around many of the buildings and that some in the borough were storing furniture outside.

He named one house in particular and multiple council members said they were under impression it was for a yard sale, but both Catchpole and Councilwoman Steph Brilhart said the furniture had been there for days. Catchpole showed the council pictures of the house, taken just half an hour before Tuesday night’s meeting, and said he has documented many more.

“I’m just thoroughly disgusted,” Catchpole said during public comment. “I work to keep my property clean and neat. I really just don’t see an excuse.”

He urged the council to act on ordinances about high vegetation growth.

Councilman Joseph Krolick said that “the law is not being enforced here.”

Councilman John Hughmanic brought his own concern about bottle rockets to the council. He said Sunday night he heard three different explosions. He explained that loud noises have different context for those who have experienced military combat.

“I’m an old fella,” Hughmanic said. “And what you don’t understand is that this old fella saw some contact back in the 1960s.”

He went on to explain that veterans don’t just shake off explosions.

“I’m speaking for all the veterans that saw a little bit of action: It’s not fun if you don’t know something is coming.”

Mayor Dennis Clawson gave a special thanks to the firefighters of Clymer Volunteer Fire Company Number One for their hard work when Clymer hosted the Indiana County Fire Chiefs and Firemen Convention on July 19.

Sean Yoder is a staff writer at The Indiana Gazette. He covers Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Clymer Borough, and the Penns Manor and Purchase Line area school districts. He graduated from IUP with a degree in journalism and from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a degree in video production.
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