2017-05-20 / Front Page

Arboretum issue put to bed

Nearly two years of debate over the future of the Coudersport Arboretum came to a head Wednesday night when Borough Council voted not to proceed with a sale offer.

Members split 4-2 on the motion by councilman Gene Neefe to “leave things exactly as they are and do nothing.” He was joined by Andy Bristol, Bryan Welsh and Rich Neefe in favoring the motion.

Dissenting votes were cast by Todd Husson and council president Gene Neefe.

Prior to taking action, Council listened to input from several citizens who opposed the concept of relocating or modifying the park to accommodate expansion of the Sheetz convenience store at the corner of Rt. 6 and Chestnut Street.

Members then demanded that the 20 or so attendees leave the meeting room so they could deliberate privately in an “executive session” that lasted about 20 minutes.

According to one report, Council had reason to believe that the request for bids on a section of the arboretum would have fetched upwards of $350,000 from Tom Majot, who owns the adjacent property that’s occupied by Sheetz.

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