Curwensville Lake Authority reviews seasonal income|
Thursday, November 15, 2012
By Dianne Byers Staff Writer
Members of the Curwensville Lake Authority conducted a preliminary review of Curwensville Lake Recreation Area's seasonal income and expenses at yesterday's meeting.
The examination of activity during the 2012 season is in preparation for a review and possible revision of the rates for camping, entrance fees, boat storage and other costs patrons pay to use the lake's amenities.
Members have said at previous meetings, while they want rates to be reasonable to encourage patrons to utilize the lake's many recreation opportunities, there are many expenses associated with operating the recreation area and they must ensure the lake's budget comes out even and there is not a deficit at the end of the season.
Jim Kling, authority chairman, commended the lake's employees saying they did a "good job this season" and noted the warm weather and dry conditions created the perfect atmosphere to encourage patrons to come. He also noted many improvements were made at the lake property but there is still more to be done.
Kling also reported he had spoken with the Clearfield County Commissioners and was told not to expect any change in the $60,000 annual stipend given to the authority to operate the lake
Board members were given copies of revenue and expenses from May 1 through Oct. 31 and were asked to thoroughly review them in preparation for a discussion about rates at the authority's December meeting.
In other business, the authority:
• said following the holidays, a special evening meeting would be scheduled for those interested in serving on a non-profit group that would lend its support to the lake through brainstorming ideas for improvements and fundraising.
• heard Shane Kelly, manager, report there was some damage to the property and the nature trails caused by Hurricane Sandy's wind and flooding but it has been cleaned up.
• discussed projects that could be done during the winter months including preparing playground No. 2 for new equipment and cutting vistas for a lake view at the campground and pavilion No. 1
• reported a recent break in at the lake's administrative building. Some of the structures doors and locks were damaged and a minor amount of cash and merchandise were taken. Kelly said he has spoken with the state police and was told two suspects have been arrested. One is from DuBois and the other from Curwensville, he said.
• said Charles Guarino, member, would be submitting a letter to the Clearfield County Commissioners requesting the board reappoint him to a five-year term on the authority.
• said it would be developing a plan to place cabins and an access road to them in the event grant funding becomes available.
• noted members would review the lake's 2013 preliminary budget at the December meeting.
The authority's next meeting is Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. at the Clearfield County Conservation District's conference room at 511 Spruce St., Clearfield.