Gowanda discusses creekside path

GOWANDA – There were some questions unanswered at a recent Gowanda Board of Education meeting regarding potential upgrades to a trail that would run adjacent to school property.

The village of Gowanda received a grant through Safe Routes to School and wants to work with the board of education to repair and upkeep an existing trail. Along Cattaraugus Creek there is a trail at the end of North Water Street which connects to Panther Drive. Under the new grant, the trail would be moved to be along the south side of the fence along Hillis Field.

“People would get on the path on Water Street and walk along Cattaraugus Creek. When you make the bend, it would be on the south side of the fence,” Superintendent Charles Rinaldi said.

The village wants the board to approve a contract for the grant so work on the trail can start. There is a gate adjacent to the creek which the village would like to replace and the village has recommended to not retain ownership of the trail. The school would maintain the trail in addition to being its property owner. Rinaldi said the district already takes care of Hillis Field so part of the trail would not be any additional work.

Board member Sheri Wing said there were too many unanswered questions for the board to decide on the matter. Some of the issues brought up included if the trail would be seasonal, the community having input on the plans and liability issues. The board will discuss the topic at a future meeting after consulting with the district’s lawyer.

The district approved the senior trip on June 5-7, 2014 to Sandusky and Cleveland, Ohio. The board also approved Barbara Baer and Lindsay Lennertz as substitute teachers. Mathias Abiter and David Kohler were approved as lifeguards.

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