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Volunteers work to renovate horse track

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Posted: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 5:00 am

Plans to renovate and restore the horse race track next to the Cherrytree Volunteer Fire Department were discussed at the Cherrytree Township Supervisors meeting on Monday evening.

Cherrytree resident Kristy Gould spoke during the open forum portion of the meeting and outlined the progress that has been made in restoring the track, a piece of the community that meant a lot to her as a child.

“The track used to be a place where children could take horses and ponies, and it was a big deal,” Gould said. “It used to be that you couldn’t ever find a place to park when you came here. I think that it would be great for the community to have a family oriented place that everybody can enjoy.”

Gould said a lot of progress has been made clearing brush and cutting grass in and around the track with the assistance of members of the Cherrytree Fire Department. However, she also said much work still has to be completed before the track could be used again, including replacing and repainting the poles and railing that would surround the track.

“Everything has been completed so far through volunteer work,” Gould said. “We’re working on planning out a few work days this summer to bring it all together. I’m pretty confident that if we came out and worked hard, that we would be able finish everything up soon.”

According to Gould and the board of supervisors, the biggest obstacle to the project currently is the issue of liability in the event that someone gets injured while at the track. Supervisor Emery Fiely cautioned the idea that having signage posted and liability papers available was enough to ensure that the township or fire department would not face any legal action in the event of an injury.

“We went through something similar a few years back, my wife and I did, and our lawyer told us that an agreement like that isn’t worth the paper that it’s written on,” Fiely said.

Fiely indicated that he does support the project and hopes that the local 4H chapter would be involved and use the course regularly once it is completed. Supervisor Christine Kurelowech said she would inquire with the township’s insurance agent about how to move forward with the project and what sort of documentation would be associated with its completion.

Gould has no time table for when the project could be done, but said that she and other volunteers will continue the renovation process while the board works out the liability issue.

“We already have all our ducks in a row, so to speak,” Gould said. “It would be really nice if we could do a show or two before the year is over and while the weather is still nice. Right now, we’re just waiting on them [the supervisors] to contact their agent and sort everything out.”

Gould said that she knows a lot of people in the area who would love to have the track back, and estimated that around 50 to 60 horses would participate in a competition if the course was fully renovated.

Other meeting news

At the conclusion of Monday night’s meeting, Supervisor David Zdarko proposed that new handicap parking spaces be placed in front of the flag poles at the fire department. Zdarko said that placing the spaces there would make it easier for wheelchair-bound individuals to access the building.

The motion received the support of Fiely and Kurelowech, who voted to approve the creation of two to three handicap parking spots. Fiely said the spots would be gravel for now, but would possibly be paved in the future.

Supervisors unanimously approved the May 2019 Treasurer’s report. In total, receipts for the month amounted to $183,488.37, expenses at $34,889.31 and account balances at $526,099.39.

Second assistant fire chief Tom Huffman gave the May committee report on behalf of the department. The Cherrytree Volunteer Fire Department responded to two building fires, one rubbish fire, two emergency medical service calls, one motor vehicle accident, four public service calls and two dispatches that were cancelled.

The next Cherrytree Township Supervisors meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m., on July 1, at the township building.

Adam can be reached, by email, at news@titusvilleherald.com

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  • Noahs Bark posted at 11:03 pm on Wed, Jun 5, 2019.

    Noahs Bark Posts: 81

    The horses are going to kick up a lot of dust on Cherrytree Road. The supervisors should seriously consider using that DDT dust suppressant they used to keep the dust down on the dirt roads. It would be a shame if the fire department could pull their engines out of the station because they couldn’t see 2 feet in front of them. I’m thinking that this is a bad idea.

  • Jahoba posted at 3:22 pm on Tue, Jun 4, 2019.

    Jahoba Posts: 194

    Christoper Reeve. Enough said.


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