Loyalsock Township approves pool upgrades

At its Tuesday evening meeting, Loyalsock Township’s supervisors authorized plans for a new water slide and building roof at the community swimming pool at 2103 Northway Road.

Natural Structures, of Baker City, Ore., will provide a 10 1/2-foot tall water slide for the pool that has 43- and 32-foot enclosed chutes at a cost of $55,243.

The township will spend $20,000 from the general fund on the slide, with the remaining money to come out of the Sally Short Park fund, said Parks and Recreation Director Shannon Lukowsky.

Atlantic Coast Contracting, of Montoursville, will put a new roof on the pool building at a cost of $19,575.

The township still is accepting applications for the pool manager position, Lukowsky said.

In other business, Lukowsky reported that the final environmental assessment on the empty U.S. Army Reserve Center, 1605 Four Mile Drive, is under way.

“When the assessment is finished there’s a required 30-day comment period,” Lukowsky said. “We should be advertising in mid- to late February, and then, if there’s no problems, the transfer should start in late March.”

The deed for the building first will go to the federal Departments of Education and Interior, then will be transferred to the township and Loyalsock Township School District.

The township and district first put forth a plan to use the Reserve Center for office space and as a community center in Nov. 2007, Lukowsky said.

Resident Paul Nyman, who lives at the intersection of Pearson and Homewood streets, attended the meeting to voice his concern with people making illegal turns off Third Street.

“All those streets – Russell, Pearson, Tinsman – I see people making illegal lefts,” Nyman said. “I even see the state police turn left there. The no left turn signs are only 30 feet back from the intersections … maybe we can move those, or paint something on the street.”

“We can’t put anything on a stop sign,” said Public Works director Randy Stover. “We might be able to move those signs back some.”

Supervisors also accepted a bid of $6,950 to design 45 renovated curbs from Larson Design Group, of Williamsport, and voted to fund 10 weekly hours of state police coverage for the school district through the end of the 2012-13 academic year.