Council members hear how DuBoistown fared in storm

DUBOISTOWN — Maintenance supervisor Paul McKinley, who also is the borough’s fire chief, reported to DuBoistown Borough Council at its meeting Thursday night that there were 42 calls in 5 1/2 hours following the storm Monday night. Of those calls, five were in response to trees that had fallen on houses, one was for a fire and one for a woman injured by a falling tree. The remaining 35 calls were for trees and wires down.

McKinley said that in the days following the storm, borough employees were kept busy cleaning up debris, resulting in 15 loads of brush being hauled. Crews also were busy trying to remove tree limbs that had broken but hadn’t fallen to the ground.

According to McKinley, the borough’s streets had been swept the week before the storm, which probably helped to alleviate some of the problems.

“That was a good thing,” he said.

In other business, council discussed the necessity of addressing the sidewalk ordinance in the borough. It had been brought up that although curbs are the responsibility of homeowners, any work on sidewalks has to involve the borough engineer.

McKinley told council that the sidewalk issue will be more important as the post office is sending letters to residents notifying them that they need to install curbside mailboxes. He said that the way it’s being handled right now is that when a home is sold in the borough, the new homeowner is told that their mail will not be delivered unless there is a curbside mailbox.

In an action item, council approved a motion donating an old generator from the fire hall to Armstrong Township.

The next meeting of council will be at 7 p.m. June 1 at the borough building.