Irving Cliff park reopening, borough gets insurance

By OWEN WALSH
Posted 2/19/20

HONESDALE, PA — Councilor Jim Jennings was happy to report at the borough’s second monthly meeting on February 17 that the timber project at Irving Cliff was complete and that the hiking …

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Irving Cliff park reopening, borough gets insurance

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HONESDALE, PA — Councilor Jim Jennings was happy to report at the borough’s second monthly meeting on February 17 that the timber project at Irving Cliff was complete and that the hiking trails will be reopened soon. At press time, the council members did not choose an official reopening date but said they would send out a press release at some point during the week.

As chair of the parks and recreation committee, Jennings has been working with other officials to reinvigorate some of the parks throughout the borough. Department of Public Works (DPW) director Dan Brown said that his crew has been regularly walking through Apple Grove to keep an eye on the trash and litter situation. Councilor Jim Brennan said that several officials were going to meet the following day at Central Park in Honesdale, and discuss ways to possibly redesign and modernize the park.

Jennings said the borough’s grants committee is working with the Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP) which recently received a $90,000 grant to complete a downtown revitalization plan.

“Our goal is to work with the GHP to learn how our borough park properties fit into that streetscape and strategic planning study,” Jennings said. “We’re in talks… to see how the parks fit in with the downtown experience. Obviously, we feel they’re a major part.”

The parks committee also filled two vacancies that night with the appointments of Guarionex Curiel and Christopher Novoa.

The borough used this meeting to decide on the insurance coverage that it should purchase. Councilor Jared Newbon said that the borough’s insurance agent recommended purchasing a plan that includes three-year extended coverage, a more expensive but safer option.

“I’m a broken record on this… we’ve had such a bad history the past several years, I feel we have to be very cautious to try to keep the borough and our taxpayers exposed to as little risk as possible,” council president Mike Augello said about why he supported getting the extended coverage. “It’s not my first choice… I just think we have to go out of our way to be careful.”
The council voted unanimously to purchase the extended coverage for $14,000.

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