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Township supervisors vote to spend $4,000 on bike track design

November 07, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Washington Township Supervisors voted Monday to spend $4,000 to have a design for a planned bike track done by a BMX expert.

The supervisors voted 4-1 to spend $4,000 for a design by pumptrack, BMX and mountain biking author Lee McCormack. That track could someday be built near an existing skatepark at Pine Hill Regional Recreation Area off Mentzer Gap Road.

“I’d hate to spend $4,000 on a design and put it in a drawer and never use it,” said Stephen Kulla, chairman of the supervisors.

After the supervisors discussed seeking sponsorships for the bike track, Township Manager Mike Christopher said it would be easier to solicit financial support with a design and better idea of the project’s scope. Installation of the dirt track might not be expensive, but fencing the area and providing water could drive up the project’s cost.

Supervisors John Gorman, Elaine Gladhill, Carroll Sturm and Kulla voted to seek the design. Supervisor Jeff Geesaman voted against the motion, saying he had too many unanswered questions about things like insurance rates.

“I don’t think we should pay for the design until we have the commitment to go forward and do it,” Geesaman said.

The design fee will be taken from the township’s recreation fund, which gets its revenue from developer fees.

The supervisors hosted an informal meeting last week for supporters of the bike track. Because none of the 10 people in attendance was a township resident, some of the supervisors said they’re concerned their constituents won’t use the track.

Gorman said local youths might not have had an opportunity to try the activity because they don’t have access to a facility.

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