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Ligonier supervisors OK water feature

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By Jewels Phraner
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Idlewild and SoakZone hopes to break ground this winter on a lazy river that will wind its way through the water park of the Ligonier Township facility.

Township supervisors approved the plan for the 600-foot river that will take inner-tube riders on a loop.

Project manager Matthew Bagaley of Pittsburgh-based The Gateway Engineers Inc. said some splash features will be removed to make room for the river, but the rest of the park will remained undisturbed.

Supervisors approved an ordinance to meet the requirements of state Act 13, which regulates oil and gas drilling, including Marcellus shale natural gas drilling.

Resident Jack Milburn expressed concern about the ordinance because portions of the law are under review by the state Supreme Court.

Solicitor Judith Ciszek said if the high court upholds the decision of Commonwealth Court that portions of the act are unconstitutional, those portions of the act will not apply to the township's ordinance.

“We're using an abundance of caution (by passing this ordinance now) because there was a Dec. 7 deadline to come into compliance with the act,” Ciszek said.

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