Coronavirus forces postponement of Clarion stormwater measures

From staff reports

The long-delayed Clarion Borough stormwater bills have been delayed again, this time due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Clarion Borough Stormwater Authority had planned to send out its first bills for the fee in April, but because of the hardships and uncertainties of the (COVID-19) coronavirus pandemic, the bills will wait,” said a news release from the borough on Friday.

“The bills were expected to be sent out in April, but the authority decided to postpone billing to avoid imposing any additional financial burden on homeowners and businesses during a challenging time.”

The release said there also are concerns about having staff to administer billing while facing uncertainty of the coronavirus.

The April bills would have covered this year’s second quarter; the postponement means no fee will now be charged for the second quarter, according to the release. Bills could be issued in July to cover the third quarter.

Authority Chairman Jason Noto has canceled the April 9 monthly meeting.

The borough on Friday announced beginning this week, it will operate with a limited staff because of the pandemic.

For nonemergency police matters, residents are asked to contact Clarion Borough police Chief William Peck IV at (814) 226-9140, Ext. 801. If there is an emergency, residents are urged to call 911.

For administrative matters, residents are asked to call borough Secretary Linda LaVan-Preston at (814) 226-7707, Ext. 102.