The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 21, 2013

Lewisburg Borough Council loans $14,000 to study rail-trail extension

By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item

— LEWISBURG — What do bike trails, pension funds and skateboarders have in common? All were business topics at the Lewisburg Borough Council meeting Tuesday night.

The council voted to float a $14,000 loan to the Lewisburg Area Recreation Authority, covering the costs of designing a Buffalo Valley Rail Trail extension into the borough.

LARA will pay back the borough once it receives what’s left of a state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant that went to trail construction. The grant money must be used up by June 30.

The extension will go from Eighth to Fifth streets downtown.

The council also voted to begin dissolving the former Lewisburg Police Department’s pension fund account to move the money into the Buffalo Valley Regional Police account.

Councilman Trey Casimir, of the 2nd Ward, said it’s a complicated, three-stage process to transfer the funds, and he expects the move to be done and the funds to be distributed in April.

As for the skateboarders, the council passed an ordnance that prohibits the use of skateboards and bicycles in Lewisburg except in designated areas.

Casimir said he’s a longtime supporter and advocate for skateboard facilities and even approached the Borough Council in 1978 to get a skate park built.

As a former skateboarder himself, “I’m sympathetic to the impulse” to ride anywhere, Casimir said. “But you can destroy a lot of property that way, so it’s not allowed in Lewisburg parks except in designated areas.”

“Please,” Casimir said, “make sure to note that skateboarding is not a crime.”