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Work Continues On Coudersport Trail Project

September 17th, 2018

A consultant continues work on a plan to establish the Tom Leete Nature Trail on the former railroad grade stretching from Coudersport’s swimming pool on the west to county-owned property on the east. Last week, members of a committee working to make the vision a reality met with an engineering consultant to keep the ball rolling. Jeff Ream of Emporium has been contracted to Coudersport Borough through a $12,500 state grant to create a master plan for the trail. Ream recently designed the popular West Creek Recreation Trail on an abandoned railroad grade in Cameron County.

The two-mile passageway has been open to public use for decades, but it has rarely been maintained. Motorized vehicles have created deep ruts and mud pits. Committee members discussed the challenges of creating a trail on a strip of property with multiple owners and rights-of-way holders. Coudersport Borough, UGI Utilities, the Potter County Commissioners, Potter County Housing Authority and multiple individuals have ownership stakes. Committee members decided that determining ownership and surface improvements are among the top priorities. The county was represented by Commissioner Paul Heimel and Community Development Director Jennifer Rossman. Also attending were consultant Jeff Ream, Borough Manager Beverly Morris, committee members Bill Franklin and Natalie Stenhach, and property owner Todd Brown.

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