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Friday, October 25, 2013

Coudersport Main Street Committee Meets To Discuss PennDOT Construction

Front row L-R
Pete Wyatt, Nancy Grupp, Joe Pagano, Mike Heroux, Dawn Swatsworth, Susan Kefover
 Back Row L-R
Paul Herzig, Natalie Stenhach, Walter Baker, David Brooks, MaryJo Stuckey, Patty Gianotti, Lou Karija, Susan Lemons, Teri Cole, Ron Angood , David Hauber
The newly formed Main Street Committee met recently to discuss the upcoming 2015 main street project which will include the downtown area.

PennDOT plans to remove the existing blacktop and replace a 36 inch storm drain in the middle of the road; water and sewer line will also be effected.

The main street committee is focusing on keeping good communication with Penn DOT and contractors during the project as well as keeping one lane of traffic open during the project for downtown business.

The group is also exploring main street improvements such as street lighting, sidewalks, signage and other enhancements to properties and empty spaces.

Any questions may be directed to Commissioner Susan Kefover's office 814.274.8290


Anonymous said...

The concept is wonderful but you mark my word. I have seen how these things have gone in the past and there are at least three people in this picture who I guarantee you will go in this direction: "Let's hire a consultant because we aren't smart enough to do this ourselves." The boro is talking about how broke they are so I can't wait to hear what they say when this gets converted from a promising plan with some good, local people involved to a giveaway to some slick consultant who sucks away money from the community. You heard it here first. Good luck on this mission and I commend people who are getting involved but keep it local.

Anonymous said...

I thought they were going to focus on marketing the empty storefronts and such to new businesses? That's what we need.

Anonymous said...

How about the empty stores? All we have now are lawyer offices, insurance agencies and a ladder store. This committee should work on that. PennDOTs' plan pretty much speaks for itself as in new paving and drainage.

Anonymous said...

"lawyer offices, insurance agencies and a ladder store."

I see the plan for prosperity now!

1. Buy & use the ladder
2. Fall
3. Call your attorney
4. Sue the Insurance company.

All within 3 blocks, very convenient too.

Explore all you want, but without making Penndot do the sidewalks, plantings & lighting it's pretty much just a road project which will make our life a driving hell on earth for a little while.

Anonymous said...

I will be pretty pissed off too if they go for a consultant instead of a homegrown remedy but I cannot see complaining about it now when it hasn't happened (yet). I do know the history of some of the people and would not be surprised if they try to go that way. That's when the taxpayers need to speak up.

Anonymous said...

Committees and consultants are just a bunch of people who all have differing opinions as to what should and should not be done. Don't you jerks know that PennDOT has studied this? Other communities and cities have gone through it and survived, even under the stressful situation. Let's face it, it has to be done - it's going to be done - and the pretty picture of all these so-called committee members is just a photo-op. So help me God, it you bring in a consultant and pay for the things the so-called committee should be able to do without any problem - there will be just more tax payer money spent. What in the world are you people thinking of anyway?

Anonymous said...

Sort of like when Austin spent all that money on a consultant for a plan a few years ago that is now collecting dust. So then people dug in and did the work the way it should have been done all along and now the place is really shaping up. I say we storm the Borough Council meeting if they try to pull that in Coudersport.

Anonymous said...

I am not sure who wrote this article but it is not the same report as they have in the newspaper. That article talks about trying to fill the empty businesses and maybe bring in chains like Peebles or other big corporations. I agree with what someone else wrote here that the PennDot plan "is what it is" and we don't need a big political production and photo ops to work with PennDOT. It is the other part of this, the rebuilding the business district, that is something we should work on together without giving some so-called experts a bunch of our hardearned taxpayers dollars to tell us what we should want. Apples and oranges, people.