New tonight in Clearfeild County, in a 4 to 1 vote — the Sandy Township Board of Supervisors is moving forward with consolidating with the City of DuBois. Supervisor Bill Beers was the only one to vote against the decision. The Board held a public meeting this evening where they heard feedback from the Public on whether or not they should resume consolidation plans with DuBois.
Back in June, Sandy Township Representatives filed a Petition in Court to “Pause” the consolidation due to the now former DuBois City Manager Herm Suplizio being accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the City. Township Manager Shawn Arbaugh says a State-Auditor is assigned to DuBois’s Grant funding, giving them a new level of comfort.
Prior to tonight’s meeting, he mentioned the firing of Suplizio, on top of new City leaders, helped the process along. Arbaugh saying: “It does make us have a new level of comfort with the situation, they are very open with information, I meet with the Interim City Manager weekly and learn about different things going on so yes, it’s been a lot more transparent and open process.”
Arbaugh says there will be a Re-organization Meeting involving leaders from both Municipalities. He says that will be held January 24th at 6pm at DuBois City Hall.