CLYMER: Police address ATV problems
October 09, 2013 10:50 AM

CLYMER — Residents of Clymer should expect to see a crackdown by the Clymer police on illegal all-terrain vehicle riding in the borough.

At the borough council meeting on Tuesday, Mayor Dennis Clawson explained that riders who do not have the required registrations and insurance or who are riding in off-limits areas “will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Police Chief Joseph Douglas explained that ATVs are not allowed on the highway, nor are there any ATV-approved streets. Riders are in violation once they drive on the roadways. Riders will be fined, although Douglas couldn’t give an exact amount.

The crackdown stems from damage caused by riders in recent weeks. The board cited that a putting green being installed on Lee Street was torn up by an ATV rider, ruining months of work.

“We’re going to take back our town,” said board member James Marsh.

This year’s Halloween parade is slated to begin at 6 p.m. on Oct. 31. Lineup for the participants begins at 5:30 along Morris Street between Fifth and Sixth streets. Band lineup is from Sixth Street to Spruce Avenue. Trick-or-treating will be held at 8 p.m. after the parade. Residents wishing to participate in trick-or-treating are asked to leave their porch light turned on.

Assistant Fire Chief John Gromley of the Clymer Volunteer Fire Department, who has been helping organize the Halloween parade “for the last 15-20 years,” is passing the responsibility over to assistant Chief Nate Coughanour.

Coughanour described the duty as “making sure everything runs smooth … everything having to do with the parade.”

In other business, the board approved:

• The ratification of a three-year, $15,000 loan from First National Bank at an interest rate of 2.6 percent. This loan stems from the purchase of a lawnmower, which was discussed at last month’s borough meeting.

• Cooperating with Indiana County in the purchase of two mobile and two portable radios for the police department. The radios will be leased over five years at $2,600 a year, after which the borough will own them.

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