Akron begins development of new park

By on October 24, 2012

By: JAMES MCGINNIS Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

Akron Borough Manager Dan Guers announced at the Oct. 8 council meeting that excavation work has recently begun at Colonial Park and that the planting of trees and installation of picnic tables and playground equipment should be completed by the end of the month if the weather cooperates.

"We had hoped to be further along by now, but the rainy weather has slowed our work," he said. "We’re going to play it by ear."

The park, which is located off Colonial Drive, is being developed in conjunction with the section of the Warwick-Ephrata Rail Trail that will be constructed from Main Street to the south end of Ephrata. The trail will form the northern boundary of Colonial Park, and a connector path will be constructed to ensure access from Colonial Drive.

The Warwick-Ephrata Rail Trail is envisioned to extend from Parkview Heights Road in Ephrata west along the abandoned Reading-Columbia Railroad through Akron and Ephrata and Warwick townships to the latter municipality’s campus off Clay Road, connecting the Ephrata Linear Park and Lititz-Warwick Trailway. Each municipality is responsible for developing its own section of the trail.

Guers pointed out that Penn DOT has begun work to demolish Route 272 bridge over the abandoned rail line and will install a concrete culvert in its place for use by the future trail. He added that the borough anticipates building the segment west to Main Street after work is completed next spring or summer.

Guers also suggested that the council consider purchasing emergency generators for the borough building. He noted that the building, located off Route 272 in the southern part of town, lost power after a motorist struck a pole at 11 p.m. Oct. 4. The power failure also affected some nearby residents and businesses and electricity was not restored to the borough building, which also houses the police department, until 7:30 a.m. Oct. 5.

Also at the meeting, Akron resident Tanya Carter, who lives at 905 Orchard Street, asked borough officials to make her neighbor, Veronica Nolan, clean up her property and reduce the number of animals she has.

Carter said Nolan, who lives next door at 895 Orchard Street, was keeping at least five dogs and two cats in her home. She said that the animals are loud and the property is not well-kept and "foul-smelling."

A borough ordinance also stipulates that residents cannot keep more than four domesticated animals in their homes at a time.

Carter added that Nolan has rebuffed her requests to clean up the property and better control the animals. She also presented photos of the property to members of the borough council Guers.

The council authorized Guers to visit Nolan and inform her that she is violating the ordinance and must relocate or get rid of three of her pets within a month.

"She will have 30 days to comply," he said. "If she does not comply within 30 days, we can start citing her."

Guers also noted that this is not the first time Nolan has violated a borough ordinance regarding the state of her property. He visited her last summer after Carter complained about an old couch in her yard, which violated an ordinance prohibiting the storage of indoor furniture outdoors.

Carter said that the couch has since been removed.

Upcoming Events

Borough Mayor John McBeth announced that Akron’s annual Halloween Parade is scheduled to take place Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. The parade will form at Broad Street Park, and refreshments will be available in the fire house.

The borough’s Trick or Treat Night will take place on Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. Motorists are advised to use caution during these hours.

The borough will also be collecting leaves on Tuesdays, Oct. 30; Nov. 6, 13 and 27; and December 4. Residents will need to place leaves in recyclable Brown Kraft Lawn and Leaf Bags that can be purchased at the borough building. No other type of bags will be accepted.

Residents should place the bags on curbs by Monday night. More AKRON, page A6

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