Pool upgrades in Loyalsock Township move forward

Loyalsock Township will move forward on a portion of the work needed on the township pool.

The supervisors Tuesday approved the director of recreation and parks, Shannon Lukowsky, to finalize the plans to replace the existing filter pit with a pre-fabricated structure.

The pit is unsafe and in need of an update. The work will be done using township crews to save money.

Originally paired with the filter pit replacement project, bids for the reconstruction of a wading pool came in higher than expected at over $300,000.

The project will be out for re-bid at a later date.

Lukowsky also updated the supervisors on a successful ribbon cutting ceremony for the township’s Riverfront Park last week.

The project to improve the township’s Riverfront Park has been ongoing since the 1990s, Lukowsky said. But with the recent completion of phase two, all scenic parts of the park are accessible with one trail.

“It was a great way to showcase the park,” Lukowsky said. “There were a lot of people there that didn’t even know it was there. I think we’re very lucky to have the park there.”

Progress on the Miller’s Run Greenway Project also was reported by Lukowsky.

“We had our kick-off meeting with Larson Design Group and the state Department of Transportation,” she said.

The estimated time frame from the group is to be ready to bid by November of 2018 and break ground during the spring of 2019.

The supervisors then approved Lukowsky to seek additional funding for the largest and most expensive part of the project — a section of trail that would start at the current bike trail at the Faxon exit and go all the way to Bruce Henry Park.

The grant application is due by Sept. 22. The grant would cover construction only. The township would have to pay for the design.

With construction at an estimated cost of $2 million, the board unanimously approved the request.

The township is looking for a staff member for the afterschool program as soon as possible. Those interested are encouraged to contact Lukowsky at Shannon@loyalsocktownship.org.

The supervisors then unanimously voted to advertise a public meeting for a noise ordinance they’ve been reassessing the past few months. The ordinance will be discussed at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12.

Voting Tuesday on all approvals were Marc Sortman, Virginia Eaton, Rick Wheeland, John Bower Jr. and Paul Nyman.

The supervisors will meet next at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22.