By Konstantine Fekos
The Conneaut Lake Community Development Committee is making headway and seeking additional funds for a major overhaul of the downtown and beach areas, according to Bill Eldridge, borough councilman.
Eldridge approached the Crawford County Board of Commissioners at its Tuesday morning work session, requesting approximately $30,000 in Act 13 funding and $40,000 in liquid fuel funds to help with improvements.
Act 13 allows the collection and expenditure of a “drilling impact” fee imposed upon companies mining for Pennsylvania oil and gas resources. Funds generated through Act 13 can be appropriated for local and statewide use to cover the impact of drilling as well as other purposes.
Liquid fuel funds are generated by the state’s tax on gasoline and they are used to provide support for construction, renovation and maintenance projects specifically.
Eldridge said the Conneaut Lake borough renovations would have a countywide impact, creating jobs, boosting the local economy and providing an enhanced outlet for tourism.
The CLCDC’s current plans involve the first of three renovation phases, a projected $6.6 million program designed to improve street and storm drainage infrastructure.
Overall costs for the three-phase master plan, without factoring any funding constraints, could reach an estimated $20 million, said Eldridge.
Commissioner Jack Lynch said the county is in the process of formulating a template to appropriate Act 13 funding. Commissioners have not yet determined a timeline for this work.
Konstantine Fekos can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.