Category: East Franklin

Tarrtown Recreation Area Still being Considered

East Franklin Township supervisors are resuming discussion and plans to add a playground and pavilion complex to the Village of Tarrtown. The new recreation area along Tarrtown Road would become the township's second park, along with the Sunny Ridge Playground in West Hills (pictured in this KP File Photo).

East Franklin Township supervisors are resuming discussion and plans to add a playground and pavilion complex to the Village of Tarrtown. The new recreation area along Tarrtown Road would become the township’s second park, along with the Sunny Ridge Playground in West Hills (pictured in this KP File Photo).

 

by Jonathan Weaver

Even though not funded last year, East Franklin Township supervisors are still considering applying to build a playground in the village of Tarrtown.

In June 2015, supervisors agreed to electronically apply for a Greenways, Trails and Recreation Grant through the state Department of Community and Economic Development, but were not funded.

But, County Planning and Development Program Manager Sally Conklin said more grant opportunities are upcoming.

Last year, then-Community Development Division Director Jennifer Bellas estimated project costs for a swing set, aggregate walkways and a 16 foot-by-16 foot shelter would cost about $58,000, but Conklin estimated that material cost would rise to about $64,000.

Conklin said the Department of Community and Natural Resources grant would require supervisors to pay for 50 percent of the overall cost – or about $32,000.

However, there is another method.

“If we can get that (cost) below $60,000 – maybe cutting out a piece of playground equipment and doing it in the future-, the first $20,000 would be grant, the second $20,000 is matched dollar for dollar and the township would only have to pay $20,000,” Conklin said.

Supervisor David Stewart was optimistic supervisors could slim the overall project budget in order to minimize costs.

Up to 15 percent of the grant would pay engineering fees.

The property – purchased in June 2015 and located near the residential pump station on Tarrtown Road– was previously owned by Russell W. and Gary L. Johnstown. It was formally purchased June 8 of last year for $5,000.

Last year, supervisors also considered adding a half-court basketball court and an ADA-compliant parking lot.

Match cost can be supplied through Marcellus Shale funds or the Township General Fund.

Conklin will gather updated equipment quotes from Sports and Recreation Associates in Apollo and inquire if they also carry mulch.

Stewart estimated about a dozen children live in Tarrtown, but that the pavilion and walkways would also be beneficial to senior citizens and grandparents that walk the residential area. He also brainstormed installing benches

The grant round opens in January and lasts until March or April. Supervisors would receive approval or denial of the grant after about nine months.

Officials Join to Celebrate West Hills Upgrade

East Franklin Township Supervisors and Parks and Recreation Commission members joined yesterday afternoon to celebrate the opening of a handicapped-accessible restroom in West Hills Community Park. Officials represented included (L-R) Supervisor Dan Goldinger, Parks and Recreation Vice-Chair Ken Burkett, Supervisor (and Parks and Rec representative) David Stewart, Parks and Rec Chair Norman Gaggini, Supervisor Chair Barry Peters and (front) Parks and Recreation Secretary/Treasurer Jack Norton.

East Franklin Township Supervisors and Parks and Recreation Commission members joined yesterday afternoon to celebrate the opening of a handicapped-accessible restroom in West Hills Community Park. Officials represented included (L-R) Supervisor Dan Goldinger, Parks and Recreation Vice-Chair Ken Burkett, Supervisor (and Parks and Rec representative) David Stewart, Parks and Rec Chair Norman Gaggini, Supervisor Chair Barry Peters and (front) Parks and Recreation Secretary/Treasurer Jack Norton.

by Jonathan Weaver

Snow and freezing temperatures might limit West Hills Community Park rentals this season, but a handicapped-accessible restroom will be waiting for students or local residents when needed.

Yesterday, East Franklin Township supervisors and Parks and Recreation Commission members peeked inside and celebrated the restroom facility that was installed by crane recently.

In August, supervisors approved a $4,520 bid from a local contractor, Simon Cochran Construction, to prepare cement around the site of a new handicapped-accessible restroom facility near the Heritage Park pavilion near the West Hills Primary School site. East Franklin Township provided materials.

The construction bid was the lowest through the state’s cooperating purchasing program, COSTARS.

The price for a new Cortez restroom building is more than $52,000, but local officials received a $25,000 grant from the state before the remainder is matched by the municipality.

According to specifications, the building with two skylights includes an ADA drinking fountain, electric hand dryers and timed electric locks as part of its security system.

The building was put in place by the end of September.

Supervisor David Stewart acknowledged the difficulty senior citizens or handicapped children might have if renting the pavilion without the sidewalk.

Officials had to order other construction materials – including a crane to unload the 20-ton self-contained bathroom from the state of Texas.

Plans for the restroom began last summer when supervisors met informally with then-County Planning and Development Community Division Director Jennifer Bellas about the 2011 Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant to build a unisex restroom at the Heritage Park pavilion.

At that time, bidding to see overall costs was held off as not to disturb summer rentals at the pavilion and officials were not receiving enough quotes for materials.
East Franklin Township has had a lease agreement on the space for nearly 20 years.