Township discusses recreation growth | Information


Hoping to capitalize on the growing popularity of outdoor recreation, Broad Top Township supervisors recently announced plans for future improvements to the community’s Cooper’s Recreational Campground south of Hopewell.

The action was taken during a recent meeting of regulators held at the Defiance community building. In attendance were Supervisors Donald Black, Bryan Melius and Chairman Donald Hedge Jr., who chaired the meeting.

Already a popular feature along the H&BT Rail Trail, the Cooper Recreational Area borders the Raystown branch of the Juniata River, where numerous outdoor recreational activities have taken place over the years. The maintainers see significant benefits in developing the site as an overnight campground and agreed to continue funding in support of the proposed project.

The supervisors agreed to apply for funding for the project by applying to the State Treasury for a local share account grant. Upon completion, visitors to the facility would be charged for use of the camping area, which would also include paved access areas.

Regarding other environmental and recreational issues, supervisors agreed to submit a letter of support for the Community Conservation Partnership Program (through the Central Pennsylvania Trails Initiative/Pennsylvania Environmental Council). Funding from the initiative is targeted towards outdoor recreation activities such as the community’s H&BT Rail Trail system.

Local Acid Mine (AMD) cleanup also kept regulators busy during their last monthly meeting, where they agreed to send letters of support to federal and state officials calling for support of the Abandoned Mines (STREAMS) Act, which is being implemented by Beneficial will be correction of the environmental impact of past mining activities in the Broad Top Township.

“The bill is a small amendment to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that would allow states to set aside up to 30 percent of funds for ongoing medical expenses, as they are currently permitted with funds outside of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act AMD.” ‘ remarked Chairman Hedge.

On the subject of environmental cleanup, Hedge briefed his colleagues on the ongoing AMD cleanup project across from Langdondale Cemetery. “They’ve moved between 400 and 600 loads of dirt so far,” Hedge reported. “It’s a very big project.”

Hedge went on to say that the project could potentially face a financial squeeze, which regulators anticipated due to the cost of obtaining the necessary permits and the cost of inflation.

Regulators thanked the public for their support in preventing flushable wipes from being dumped down the city sewer system that wreaked havoc at the Riddlesburg sewage treatment plant.

The threat to increase the cost of wastewater treatment seems to have struck a chord with users, Hedge suggested.

Regulators issued New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. a blacktopping bid at $60.72 per tonne FOB with the option to piggyback via CoStars if it is less than the bid amount.

Supervisors learned that work had begun on a new Dollar General Store north of Hopewell along Route 26; However, in response to citizens’ concerns, the municipality will investigate potential water drainage/drainage issues at the site.

In other matters, the superiors:

• Passed a PSATS-requested resolution in support of the America250 celebration.

• Learned that the Six Mile Run area volunteer fire and ambulance department continues to meet with other local volunteer fire/ambulance departments to address staffing shortages.

• Commonwealth Treasury approved fundraising for SMR Fire Co. standby generator.

• Allow the SMR Firefighters to sponsor a donation truck at the Cooper Recreational Area in June.

• Saturday, June 4th, 8:30 am – 11:00 am for the Municipality’s Bulky Waste Day.

• Ask Congress to support providing funding to support volunteer fire departments such as rural SMR and to encourage political leaders to allocate more funding to AMD cleanup efforts.

• Approved a $250 donation to Camp Cadet.

• Agreement to sell a used community mechanical street sweeper to the neighboring community of Hopewell, Bedford County for $2,500.

• Agreed to use a portion of the $170,000 in ARPA (COVID) funds due to the community to reimburse community workers for sick time expended due to COVID-19-related quarantines.

• Order signage for the no-overnight area of ​​Cooper Campground (closed from dusk to dawn).

• Approved the preparation of a “Charlie Gracey Memorial” sign.