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Thursday, January 21, 2016

OVER 150 ATTEND THE DCNR MEETING –DENTON HILL STATE PARK–Re: FEASIBILITY STUDY RESULTS

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OVER 150 ATTEND THE DCNR MEETING –DENTON HILL STATE PARK–
Re: FEASIBILITY STUDY RESULTS

I attended last night’s meeting at Denton Hill State Park concerning the prospects of the Ski Resort re-opening and the feasibility study findings by DCNR. The meeting was attended by over 150 people and there was standing room only.

The meeting was opened by Alan Lichtenwalner, DCNR Regional Manager and a slide presentation was given by Cherie H. Moshier, AIA, NCARB of Moshier Studio in Pittsburgh, PA, and John Hallas, Bureau Director.

The slide presentation involved various graphs centered around the history of the park and challenges that will be looked at in detail; the ski lifts and terrain; snow making infrastructure; the condition of the lodge and cabins; what Denton Hill Ski Resort’s completion is in surrounding areas; bench marking analysis; future operations; a Conceptual Site Plans for the lifts, terrain and parking, as well as the lodge itself.

John Hallas, Bureau Director discussed what this all comes down to is that DCNR has concluded from the Feasibility Study that Denton Hill Ski Resort is in need of a lot of costly repair. DCNR stated that the ski lifts had not been maintained since 1961; however they were immediately corrected by those in attendance. Actually, the lifts were repaired in 1986. Now, this doesn’t take away from the fact that the lifts must be replaced in order to make the facility operational, however it was noted as a correction. 

Another costly concern was with the snow making. DCNR revealed that the water lines are leaking, i.e., the network of necessary water lines are broken or missing. In addition, the groomer equipment is missing.

The Lodge building is showing its age and needs improved, as well as accessibility that meets State standards,(I think now we’re talking BOCA code standards and wonder if the State must follow the same standards as everyone else)? The compressor building is also in bad shape. This will have to be fixed or replaced. 

Keep in mind this is a Feasibility Study only. Everything that was presented is NOT set in concrete and is just a stepping stone for things to come.

NEXT STEP? DCNR advised the public that a Master Plan must now be developed. This plan would come up with a scope of work. DCNR also stated, “We are committed to the next steps in the Denton Hill Ski project and it is a huge priority at this time.” When asked if this could be a State run business as it was in the past, DCNR answered, “good question”. However, they stated they were looking more toward a PPL partnership. 

ESTIMATED COST OF THE PROJECT? DCNR stated the costs may be around $12-1/2 Million Dollars and this would be a capitol project of the Department of Environmental Services. Moving forward, DCNR estimated that if Denton Hill Ski Resort could attract between 10,000-12,500 people per year with an annual revenue of $42/per visit, it could be profitable. 

They want this project to move forward with the Master Plan and to insure that Denton Hill Ski Resort will be a facility that will be sustainable for decades to come. The will be working in concert with other agencies to get the Master Plan going, adding that DCNR works well with the Department of General Services.

TIME FRAME FOR COMPLETION? DCNR stated the time frame is an unknown at this time. The time frame would depend on how the planning goes and this will all be sorted out in the planning process. When pushed by the audience for an estimated time line, DCNR replied, “maybe 4-5 years.” There is also a possibility the project could be done in phases as the proposal for Denton Hill is to have a four season plan.

We all must remember that good things take time. Lyman Run Dam was not fixed and up and running for a while, the PA Lumber Museum was not renovated overnight, as well as the completion of the DARK SKIES at Cherry Springs. My opinion, “we are headed in the right direction for the future – patience is a virtue.”

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

These meetings are all 'Smoke and Mirrors'. The DCNR is a Federal Government pawn playing the game and playing the people. My sources tell me that, in the end, the Federal Government IS going to buy the property. And we all know why and what for.
Nuff Sed

Anonymous said...

the real question here is where is the 12.5 million coming from an I bet I no the answer is my tax dollar that's a big no for me.

Anonymous said...

I am so sick of my tax dollars going to losing enterprises ! The private sector business community won't touch a project like this with a ten foot pole ! It's a total loss !!

Anonymous said...

Only a libtard would want to save this place.

Anonymous said...

why do the feds want an old ski run?

Anonymous said...

Denton Hill attract 10,000 to 12,500 people a year? I don't see that happening! At least not for skiing! Plus, I don't want my tax dollars going to something that may never be used!

Anonymous said...

The money would be much better spent on the Governor Tom Corbett Memorial Drilling & Fracking Museum under construction in Harrisburg or the Senator Joe Scarnati Big League Baseball Stadium in Brockway.

Anonymous said...

Well 6:22 since you asked. The Federal Govt. doesn't really want the operation, they want the land and location. I am retired from the Agency but I still have my connections. .
The location of this 700 Acre parcel is almost ideal. The fairly large land mass would allow room for outer perimeter security (basically keeping everyone out). The area would be posted as no trespassing and that's putting it mildly. Most likely perimeter guards, dogs, electric fence, motion detectors and possibly mine fields.
The coordinates of 41deg.46'03"N77deg.49'48"W are ideal for placement of anti-aircraft, anti-satellite missiles and the elevation of 1962 Ft. is ideal for cruise missile placement and launch (facing North). North is most likely where the threat would come from but also is ideal to retaliate against Russia.
Cruise missiles launch and respond to a horizontal launch as opposed to verticle, these hills are steep enough to place horizontal tunnels to place the missiles.
Also a Rail-Gun could be installed here.
The geological make-up of the earth is ideal, mostly bedrock, and although difficult to bore through it is also extremely strong and resistant to nuclear weapons. Unlike sandstone.
Bottom line.....Exellent military installation. And the collateral damage and civilian casualties would be minimal due to the somewhat remote location. Nuff Sed

Anonymous said...

8:14 do you live in Colorado where "mind expansion" is legal, or are you one of these people who swallow all the conspiracy theory BS like no airplane crashing into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, or maybe a big furry ape-like creature Squatching around the Pennsylvania Wilds? Your comment might be the most asinine thing I have ever read on here, and believe me you have lots of competition there.

Anonymous said...

sounds like someone is smoking some good stuff

Anonymous said...

Maybe I should dock my constitutionally guaranteed aircraft carrier in Lyman Lake and that will protect us when they attack the base. I also have a mass of supply of tin-foil hats that will protect local citizens from any potential fall-out.

Anonymous said...

Buuuut you all don't seem to have a problem with your tax dollars being spent on lazy dead beat welfare cases that are perfectly capable of working??? The money is there no matter what, sooo with that said I would just as soon see the tax dollars returned to the people that actually pay taxes and work, not the lazy leaches of society that use the overwhelming majority of the tax dollars.

Anonymous said...

When are you gullible people gonna realize that the always entertaining "Nuff sed" is constantly playing with your heads. I have to admit, I really only read the comments to see where "Mr Nuff Sed" plays with the gullible people that actually think he is serious. He's playing with you all..haha. he is really missing his/her calling as an entertainer. Keep up the ever entertaining post nuff sed ;)

Anonymous said...

How dare you talk about our legislators like that!

Anonymous said...

This from DCNR, the group that brought us the Pa Wilds, the answer to all of North Central Pa's unemployment problems.

Anonymous said...

To 12:12, I can appreciate your comment but also take offense to your implication that I am playing with people. Quite to the contrary, I am trying to help and educate the average Joe Citizen as to what is Really going on in the country and the world. If I can enlighten just one person to the governments real intentions then I have succeeded. In fact its totally possible that YOU are using reverse psychology on these readers, trying to neutralize all the information I have given them. Perhaps you are a foreign operative or double agent. Have we met? I wonder.
Now. 11:06. My opinion is that Lyman Lake is too small for an aircraft carrier unless you are talking about a Drone-craft carrier, much smaller but just as deadly, but I am surprised because the government has not released ANY info. on these. How did you know? Another Agent? And if you are in possession of an aircraft carrier I would not advertise it, keep it out of sight. If the Govt. finds out about it they will have ALOT of questions for you.
I also have an ample supply of foil hats but thanks anyway. Nuff Sed

Anonymous said...

A guy who was here with the gas company stayed at the Millstream and he used to get loose-lipped at the SVI and elsewhere. He was talking about this two years ago and said that was one reason the state agreed to rebuild the Lyman Run Dam. It was not an aircraft carrier. He was talking about strategic locations for anti-aircraft drones and the lake there would be ideal. There was also talk about protecting natural gas storage areas like Tamarack by giving out a timber bid to clearcut a state forest section and building something there while the ground was disturbed. So this is not sarcastic like some dildine was writing above. It all ties back to Denton Hill State Park if you look at the locations.

Anonymous said...

I looked-up the coordinates and elevation of Denton Hill and they are exactly as Nuff Sed stated, maybe there is something to this. But I do not believe nuff Sed is a dildine. Maybe 11:03 is jealous.

Anonymous said...

234 You need to re-read and start over. 11:03 IS Nuff Sed & 1:41 was referring to 11:06. So be quiet. THIS IS SERIOUS STUFF!!

Anonymous said...

I believe there may be a "Nuff Sed" imposter in our presence. This could get interesting.