Perryopolis residents urged to step up to plate on ballfields
Perryopolis Borough Council and its residents slugged it out Wednesday over the scheduling of summer baseball and softball games and practices on the borough's fields.
After much debate, solicitor Deanna Fahringer of Davis & Davis law firm said the borough must allow all borough teams an equal opportunity to share the ballfields, even if a team has only one borough resident.
“The borough cannot deny any resident or child who wants to use the baseball fields the opportunity to do so,” Fahringer said.
More than 30 residents, whose children play in four baseball and softball leagues, attended the meeting to question council members about the need for a master schedule to allow all teams equal play time.
“Everybody is required to turn their baseball schedules in to the borough so we can develop a master schedule,” said Councilman Ron Lombard. “The borough only has four fields that it utilizes. It's not going to work if a league wants to use one field.”
Tracy Scott said she and borough residents must work together for their children's sake.
“Many friendships have been lost because parents have been arguing,” Scott said. “We need to set aside our differences for our children.”
Following the public comment period, a representative of W.D. Partners, developer for Speedway, said the 4,600-square-foot convenience store and service station will be built at the intersection of Route 51 and Quaker Church Road.
Construction is expected to begin in six to eight weeks and should be completed within 120 days. Speedway will feature a made-fresh sandwich area, six gas islands and two diesel islands.
In other business, Rod White of McDonald Land Services told council and residents that seismic testing is expected to begin in the borough within 30 days.
White said the seismic testing, which forces sound waves into the ground, will identify pockets of gas that could be used for hydraulic fracturing or fracking when chemical-laden water is pumped into the ground during the drilling process to release natural gas.
He explained that the fracking will be limited to properties where gas companies already have secured leases from property owners.
White said the seismic testing will not cause damage to nearby homes, water supplies, sewer systems or underground swimming pools. Residents will be notified before seismic testing occurs.
Cindy Ekas is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Fire heavily damages Connellsville home
- Earlier start, free meals among changes as Connellsville Area schools start Monday
- Daily Courier columnist knew, loved Connellsville community
- 2 dead in Bullskin crash
- Columnist knew, loved community
- Purchase paves the way for razing of Connellsville building
- Agriculture chief touts local products in Fayette County visit
- Connellsville Area High School’s marching band to play national anthem at PNC Park
- 500 Brownsville elementary students to get backpacks, supplies
- Late Frazier superintendent’s vision of new school nearly a reality
- Connellsville man accepts plea in break-ins