CLEARFIELD – The Planning and Community Development Committee of the Clearfield Borough Council voted 3-1 to recommend to the full council to proceed with plans for a boat launch/river access in Lower Witmer Park.
The issue came about following an approximately 15-minute executive session in which the council discussed the possibility of acquiring land across the West Branch of the Susquehanna River from the park.
The committee and other council members then returned and discussed whether the borough should proceed with building a boat launch at the park or it should wait and find out whether grant money received can be parlayed into making two launches instead — one in Lower Witmer Park and one across the river.
In April, Clearfield Borough received $45,000 in the form of two checks from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Those funds were earmarked for the Lower Witmer Park launch, but the council wants to meet with representatives involved to find out if the scope of work can be changed.
Clearfield Borough Mayor Patty Gilliland said the people she has asked have said, “Yes.”
She said creating two launches would provide the borough the opportunity to give boaters somewhere to park their trucks and trailers while on the river.
The committe’s recommendation came down to the vote of Committee Chairwoman Joan McMillen, who finalized the 3-1 vote with herself, Rodger Baumgardner and Larry Mack in favor of the recommendation. Mike Errigo, the fourth member of the committee, voted against making the recommendation to full council.
McMillen said she was willing to vote yes “just for discussion.”
The issue will be added to the agenda for Thursday’s meeting of the Clearfield Borough Council. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the borough building.