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Dogs, parking on trail concern New Stanton

| Sunday, May 13, 2012, 8:18 p.m.

Dogs and New Stanton Park do not mix, so officials want to find a way to become a friendly stop along the way for those using the Five Star Trail when it reaches the borough limits.

"If pets are a problem, this is an issue," council President Kelly Moore said at Wednesday's meeting.

The New Stanton Recreation Board plans to apply for a grant next month from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to construct a walking bridge over a creek at the park that will connect to the trail. However, the borough does not permit dogs in the park, and many trail users walk their pets.

Moore also said parking would become an issue when people leave their vehicles in the park to use the trail.

"Where will this put us if (we connect) to the trail• We need to sit with these people face to face to discuss and resolve these issues," said Moore.

Graham Davis of the recreation board said he would invite a representative from the Five Star Trail to attend the next council meeting to hear the borough's concerns.

On another matter, council told neighbors along Virginia Drive that developer Mark Leonard's plan for his three lots was a private matter because the road is a private street.

Neighbors have been quarreling over the plan approved by council two months ago on the condition that Leonard develop a stormwater management plan.

Solicitor John Campfield said the borough's only connection to plan approval was stormwater management.

In other business, council voted 4-0 to hire Anita Hoffman of Mt. Pleasant as assistant secretary at a rate of $7.21 per hour. Hoffman will be considered a permanent part-time employee and work 26.5 hours per week.

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