Grants to be sought for Lockport walkway

LOCKPORT — The Lockport side of the river may be the site of a $6-7 million project connecting Veterans Bridge with Riverview Park.

PennDOT plans to improve Farrandsville Road, and along with that work could come a new walkway and bike path from the bridge to the park upriver. The walkway might be six to eight feet wide.

The cliff side of the road would not be touched due to the possibilities of rock slides and potential impact to the homes on top.

PennDOT spokesman Vicki Rusnak outlined these points when she met with Woodward Township supervisors, county representatives and others on March 2.

The supervisors discussed the plans yesterday, during their monthly business meeting.

Grants would be sought to pay for the work,the supervisors said, with the goal of keeping to a minimum the amount of local funding needed.

The Clinton County commissioners, planning department, and tourism office all support the idea.

“It’s kind of a bad stretch of road,” said Supervisor Chair Kyle A. Coleman.

Supervisor Brian Hoy said he believes it would be a good thing to connect the park and the bridge, which also has a walkway.

To make the proposed bike path and walkway possible, a retaining wall along the river would be needed, the supervisors learned. This would mean the loss of two river lots which are currently being rented. Coleman suggested the township accommodate the current tenants of those two lots whenever any of the other lots become vacant.

The PennDOT project has a tentative start date of July 2020.

BOUNDARY DISPUTE

The longstanding dispute with Dunnstable Township over the boundary between the two townships may be resolved this year. Coleman reported that he attended the Dunnstable supervisors meeting earlier this month, and Dunnstable has voted to proceed with a cooperative agreement.

The dispute has been going on for years. Woodward Township believes it started with a county map that capriciously showed a different boundary line, taking away from the township about 1,200 feet — a total of 517 acres — all along the line.

Both townships had a survey done to try to resolve it, but the two surveys do not agree.

The issue has been headed to court for some time now, and Judge John Leete, a senior judge from Potter County, was appointed to hear it. So far, though, it has not come to that.

All six supervisors met last month to find a way to resolve things out of court, and they seem to have found common ground. They decided the two surveyors should get together and establish the line. Once that is done, a stipulated settlement could be prepared for the court’s review and approval.

“We’re progressing toward a resolution,” Coleman said.

POLICE FORCE

Stephen Brion has joined the force as a full-time police officer. He and Police Chief Steve Falotico are the only full-time officers. The third officer is Sgt. Miles Houseknecht who is part time.

The chief noted that Brion attended “critical incident training” to learn how to handle incidents involving people with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) or a similar condition that can cause them to become severely disoriented and a danger to those around them.

In the wake of the Parkland, Fla. school shooting, Keystone Central School District has invited the local police to visit Woodward Elementary School whenever they wish, the chief said. Officers are stopping by and making their presence known, he said.

The department’s new Ford Interceptor SUV arrived Friday. It joins a 2014 Ford vehicle.

The 2006 Expedition is not in use and will be sold.

In February, the department responded to three vehicle accidents; made 46 traffic stops and 18 traffic arrests, one criminal arrest and one DUI arrest; issued 23 written warnings and five verbal warnings; dealt with four warrants; received 139 calls for service; conducted 18 follow-up investigations; and drove 1,020 miles.

OTHER MATTERS

The supervisors voted to hire Carl Nolan to appraise property the township would like to acquire. Nolan estimated the cost would be around $500, Coleman reported.

A strip of land next to the township building, about 100 by 300 feet wide, at the end of the long lawn behind the school, would allow for a better approach to the municipal offices/garage and might even be used for a building addition sometime in the unknown future.

The school district is willing to talk about selling it but has asked the township to take care of the appraisal.

A public hearing will open the supervisors session April 17 on changing the requirements for recreational vehicles on river lots.

The township would no longer require property owners to get stickers for the RVs they place on their private river lots, which are above the parks. The township would continue to enforce the flood plain ordinance, which requires those vehicles to be licensed and road-ready and to move off the lot after 179 days.

The ordinance has to be changed to remove the sticker requirement, so a public hearing must be held.

The annual Woodward Township Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Riverview Park at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 25. (March 31 has been set as the rain date).

Clinton County Relay for Life was given permission to use Riverview Park for the annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay for Life is slated for May 19 and 20.

Eric Wales’ program Soccer Shots was approved to use the park at specific times on specific days, as it has done in the past.

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