2013-08-01 / Front Page

County To Hold Closed Meadow Grounds Meeting

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

The Fulton County commissioners will be sitting down with various state officials this week behind closed doors to help determine the future of Meadow Grounds Lake.

Drained earlier this year by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission due to deficiencies with the Roaring Run dam embankment and foundation, the lake that was once a draw to tourists, fishermen and local residents wishing for a little outdoor adventure remains dry until officials can locate necessary funding to begin the engineering and rehabilitation process.

In hopes of getting more definitive answers that could lead to a faster fix, commissioners Rodney McCray, Craig Cutchall and Irvin Dasher will reportedly be meeting with agency officials from Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Thursday, August 1.

According to reports, stateelected official Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. is also slated to be on hand for the 9 a.m. meeting in the conference room of the lower level of the Services for Children building in McConnellsburg.

The meeting will not be open to the public or representatives of the media. Through the county’s chief clerk, the commissioners indicated Tuesday that the Meadow Grounds meeting will be held in “executive session for the purpose of discussing a possible lease.”

The lake in Ayr Township is currently leased through the Game Commission by PFBC. As a result of its agreement with the Game Commission, PFBC serves as dam owner and permit holder with DEP.

As county officials work toward coming up with a viable solution for the lake, the recently created Friends of Meadow Grounds Lake group is attempting to jump-start fundraising efforts. Working in conjunction with the Fulton County Conservation District, the group is in the information-gathering phase of applying for a mini- grant of up to $25,000. Several Friends board of directors were tentatively scheduled to attend a workshop Wednesday to determine the feasibility of applying for said funding.

Additional information, photos and memories of Meadow Grounds Lake as well as the Friends’ ongoing efforts can be found on Facebook at Friends of Meadow Grounds Lake or online at http://meadowgroundsfriends.org.

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