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Redbank Valley Trail Improvements 
July 16, 2014
BROOKVILLE- Brookville Council last night took a big step toward increasing tourism by agreeing to improve access to the Redbank Valley Trail.

Several 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 directional signs.

Despite 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 St.

Resident 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.

Police 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. 

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