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Brookville Still Looking into Water Park

April 2, 2014
BROOKVILLE- After a “Town Hall” meeting hosted by the borough council in early February prompted several suggestions on how to improve Brookville, the Community Resources Committee has been working diligently on some of the suggestions, specifically the possibility of building a splash park at the Dr. Walter Dick Memorial Park. At the March 18 meeting, the council approved spending up to fifteen hundred dollars for a site development study in preparation for applying for a development grant.

After further review, it was determined that a planning grant would be a better option. At the suggestion of borough engineer Nichols and Slagle, the council voted to enter into an agreement with Pashek and Associates from Pittsburgh, a landscape architecture and planning grant firm, for preparation of a planning grant. A planning grant, if received, would be used to develop a Master Plan for the Doctor Walter Dick Memorial Park.

After discussion the council voted to pass Resolution 499-2014 approving an agreement with Pashek and Associates, in an amount not to exceed $1,500, to perform the planning grant. Final approval of the agreement is pending upon the review of solicitor Jim Dennison, who has not yet had a chance to look over the document. Council president John Blazoksy stressed that, other than the fifteen hundred dollars for the planning grant, all of this is still in the exploratory stage.

David Taylor and Jack DeMotte from Historic Brookville, Inc. (HBI) addressed the council concerning a grant from the Department of Community and Natural Resources for the new downtown park. In 2013, HBI asked the council to serve as the sponsor since a non-profit organization could not be the recipient of the grant; the sponsor had to be a municipality.

Since that time, DCNR took the $380,000 in grant money HBI is to receive from another pot of money, and that amount is eligible to go to a non-profit. HBI passed a resolution last week regarding the money, and council will provide HBI with a letter, approved by solicitor Jim Dennison, to move the grant proposal from 2013 to HBI for the town square project. DeMotte said an “aggressive” timeline would be for construction to begin in October, but realistically it will not be until the Spring of 2015.

The “Our Town” television series produced by WPSU is coming to Brookville. There will be a community meeting on Thursday, April 10 at 7:00 PM at the Heritage House on Sylvania Street to plan the project. “Our Town” will highlight stories about the people, places, and happenings in Brookville, and everyone is invited to the meeting to discuss ideas. The program is scheduled to be broadcast in June.

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