Improvements planned for Riverview, Boat Launch parks in Woodward

LOCKPORT — Woodward Township has big plans for its parks. The board of supervisors reviewed those plans Tuesday evening, when snow clogged the roads and they looked forward to warmer weather.

A vision of building a sidewalk from Veterans Bridge to Riverview Park will be explored at the next supervisors’ work session, set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 at the township building. Clinton County Planning Director Katie de Silva is expected to talk about the township’s role in applying for a PennDOT grant to improve Farrandsville Road. That project could include such a sidewalk. The session is open to the public.

The township recreation committee is applying for a grant of around $40,000 for new playground equipment at Riverview Park. The grant, if it is awarded, would come from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in 2019, Supervisor Kyle Coleman said.

A grant application also has been sent to the Clinton County Community Foundation for funding to improve Lockport Boat Launch Park, Coleman reported. The vision is to work on the dock area, install boat buffers on the wall and anchor tile for boaters to tie up to, and to install benches in the park area.

The township’s Easter egg hunt is scheduled for Sunday, March 25 at Riverview Park, with March 31 as the rain date.

Planning has already started for Riverfest weekend, which is July 12 to 14, with vendors and bands being signed up now. Last year’s fireworks show with an extended grand finale was popular, Coleman said, so something similar is planned for this year.

Jeff Rankinen was granted use of the boat launch for the Keystone Challenge Canoe and Kayak Race on Sunday, June 17, and for the Pennsylvania Association of Canoeing and Kayaking Fall Foliage Canoe and Kayak Race on Sunday, Sept. 16.

Dunnstown Fire Company plans to participate in the Lock Haven Area Jaycees’ Labor Day Regatta but will no longer sponsor a beer tent, due to growing concerns about liability, fire company president Mike Fetzer told the supervisors. Instead, the volunteers are considering a chicken barbecue or something else food related.

The annual Out of the Darkness Walk, which raises awareness about suicide and people who are at risk, was given permission to use Riverview Park on Sunday, Sept. 23.

Wayne Love was welcomed as a new supervisor. He won the elected seat that had been filled by Clyde Glossner, who has stepped down after 47 years in the position.

A court hearing has been pushed forward to March 16 in the dispute between Woodward and Dunnstable townships about where their boundary lies. A court date had been set for this month, but additional preliminary objections were filed by the Dunnstable Township solicitor which changed the date.

In the meantime, the supervisors of both townships have been communicating and hope to come to an agreement without having to go to court, Coleman said.

Verizon has a cell phone tower off German Road, and heavy rainfalls tend to wash portions of the tower road onto German Road and damage berms. This happened most recently during the weekend of Jan. 13. Verizon reportedly has re-engineered that tower road, the supervisors heard, and may put the project out for bid in the spring.

The supervisors have talked for years about acquiring a strip of ground, about 100×300 feet wide, that runs alongside the township building and is part of the Woodward Elementary School property. It could be used to open up the township building driveway and make it easier for trucks to get in and out. It also might be used for a building addition, sometime in the distant future.

Coleman said he attended the Jan. 11 meeting of the Keystone Central School Board to get some preliminary information on the idea.

The supervisors also:

r Re-appointed Amanda Keiffer as township auditor.

r Donated $100 to the Clinton County SPCA in response to the SPCA’s request for funding.

r Heard the mix used to salt roads in bad weather has been changed, in response to residents’ complaints.

r Heard the police report for December, which includes: 84 traffic stops, 3 criminal arrests, 1 warrant, 35 written warnings, 7 verbal warnings, 10 commercial truck inspections, 163 calls for service, 9 follow-up investigations, and no vehicle accidents.