LAWRENCE COUNTY Proposed racetrack would help area, says township supervisor
All three supervisors will likely be on hand to support the racetrack at a Sept. 8 meeting.
By MARY GRZEBIENIAK
HILLSVILLE, Pa. -- The proposed Bedford Downs racetrack could bring millions of dollars to Mahoning Township, enough to make a significant difference here, said Supervisor Chairman Gary Pezzuolo.
When supervisors met Tuesday, Pezzuolo encouraged residents to support the track -- which he said would bring in more than $4 million in taxes to be split between Mahoning Township and Lawrence County, according to published reports.
He said such revenue "would be a good boost for us." He said the township is struggling, pointing out, "We have four bridges in the township and they're all falling down."
He added that the township has a request pending with county commissioners for $95,000 to do badly needed paving. He added that the township lost taxes when local limestone quarries closed down and "we have nothing here now."
He said that all three supervisors will likely be on hand to support the racetrack at a meeting set for 9 a.m. Sept. 8 at the site of the proposed harness racing track near the intersection of Baird Road and U.S. Route 422, Edinburg. Bedford Downs Management Corp. has applied for a license to develop a harness horse race operation with pari-mutuel betting at the site.
Pezzuolo urged residents to attend and support the track but noted they must first submit name, address, phone number and a brief summary of the statement to the Pennsylvania State Harness Racing Commission, Room 301, Department of Agricultural Building, 2301 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg, Pa., 17110-9408. Comments can be submitted up to 48 hours before the meeting.
Also Tuesday, supervisors set a meeting for 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at the township community center for public comments on the township's plan for installing sanitary sewers in Hillsville and Edinburg.
Joint police force
At that Aug. 30 meeting, supervisors will also vote on a joint police force agreement establishing the new cooperative department to be formed between Mahoning and Pulaski Townships. The department is expected to start up in mid to late September.
Pezzuolo announced that township engineers RAR Engineering, New Castle, have begun checking the old school in Edinburg for asbestos. He said several inquiries have been received about buying the building after the announcement last month that the township wants to tear it down. He asked the local veterans group to let him know if they want any of the property near the building for a memorial.
Code Enforcement Officer Jim Morris reported that four letters of violation have been posted at a mobile home at 669 Garner Road. The letters give deadlines for complying with various ordinances dealing with grass cutting, building permits and junk automobiles and other alleged violations. Once the deadlines have passed, legal action will be pursued. The property has been the subject of complaints by neighbors.