Residents to get chance to comment about Evergreen disc golf course
By Kelsey Shea
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, 9:01 p.m.
Ross Township residents worried about a disc golf course planned for Evergreen Community Park will have an opportunity to comment at a public meeting organized by township Commissioner Jeremy Shaffer.
He said some residents unhappy with the plan have contacted him, and he hopes the course can be relocated to Denny Park.
“I am not in favor of the disc golf course being in Evergreen Park,” Shaffer said at the Feb. 3 Ross commissioners meeting.
A disc golf course was proposed by residents during the creation of the 2012 parks and recreation comprehensive plan.
The township received a $72,350 matching grant from the state's Marcellus Legacy Fund this year. Officials decided to use it for improvements to Evergreen Community Park, including the disc golf course, trail improvements and additional parking.
Some residents have been worried about the environmental impact of the course and that trees would be cut down to build it.
Eloise Peet, the township's parks and recreation director, has said a minimal amount of trees will be taken out, and the parks department's comprehensive plan requires some trees to be removed anyway in an effort to better manage the forest vegetation.
The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Ross Township Municipal Center, 1000 Ross Municipal Drive.
“I think it's a good thing. I welcome public comment,” Peet said.
Residents unable to attend the meeting can send comments to rossparks email@example.com.
Roads in winter
Ross public-works superintendent Michael Funk said the township has enough salt to keep roads that are its responsibility clear, but commissioners said they are worried about the condition of several major roads in Ross that are not salted and cleared by township crews.
The responsibility for salting roads in Ross is divided among county, state and township crews.
Commissioners said that while roads that township crews clear are well-maintained, those managed by the county and state are more variable.
Shaffer cited a recent series of weather-related accidents on McKnight Road that closed the major road for about an hour Jan. 26.
“This was a major, major inconvenience,” Shaffer said. “Is there anything we can do?”
Funk explained that McKnight is a state road, so Ross crews aren't permitted to salt or plow the surface, and the township could be liable for any accidents if they did.
Funk said local officials would talk with PennDOT officials about how they're routing salt trucks to see if there is a more efficient way to keep major roads such as McKnight clear.
Ross had about 10,000 tons of salt, Funk estimated Feb. 3. He said salt trucks use 200 tons to salt township roads for which they are responsible each time they go out.
Though Ross is currently sitting on a large supply of salt, Funk said, the township will spend more on salt than usual this year.
The department usually spends $12,000 to $13,000 each winter on salt. As of the end of January, about $10,000 already had already been spent. Funk said the additional cost will not be a burden to the department.
Commissioners plan to meet with department heads to discuss a two-year plan for what officials would like to see happen in the township.
The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the municipal center.
Commissioners also discussed establishing a plan to deal with vacant tax-delinquent land being sold by the county.
A buyer recently expressed interest in a 20-acre parcel below the former Highland Country Club property that the 2012 Ross Township Comprehensive Recreation, Park and Open Space Plan had designated as one of 11 potential greenway spaces.
Commissioners authorized parks and recreation director Eloise Peet to get a quote from Gateway Engineers to create a map that compares lots identified as potential green space and tax-delinquent property being sold by the county.
Lots that have been tax-delinquent for more than three years go to the county for public sale.
Peet said she anticipate issues will come up again and that the map will be a helpful tool for the Parks and Recreation Department.
Kelsey Shea is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6353 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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