Valley Trail Improvements
Brookville Council last night took a big step toward increasing tourism by
agreeing to improve access to the Redbank Valley Trail.
residents, led by Pam Henderson, updated the council on efforts undertaken by
the borough’s new Trail Town committee.
In a short time, the committee has met with
downtown business owners to discuss installing bike racks, supplying them maps
for visitors wanting directions to the trail and purchasing and installing new
the efforts, the temporary trail access from Maple St. on the outskirts of town
has been make-shift at best. Seeing the need, council approved placing the
long-awaited Depot St. spur project out for bid in order to make the
improvements necessary to bring the trail into downtown. Council
will be transferring $100,000 from reserves in order to purchase and install a
pre-fabricated bridge at a Depot St. stream crossing, and apply crushed
limestone on the trail. The money will also be used to make road and drainage
improvements on Rose Siding Road and Long Avenue. Council also approved bidding
street paving projects on High Street, South Pickering, Tunnel Hill and Creek
Chuck Nelson, a regular participant in the annual Light Up Night event,
addressed council indicating he is interested in forming a new committee to
work at moving Light up Night up a week as part of the Annual Victorian
Christmas celebration. Council approved transferring $1,200 it was holding from
the previous Light Up Night Committee over to the Lions Club which will
continue to work on the committee’s behalf.
Chief Jason Brown said his department will be testing a new electric powered
motorcycle over a period of three months to see if it is useful for patrols.
The cycle can reach a speed of up to 65 mph and travel up to 120 miles on one
battery charge. If the borough agrees to keep the cycle, it would be paid for
by a grant under a green environmental initiative. Brown said Brookville is the
first municipality in Pennsylvania to take advantage of the program.