AOAA to accept $250K credit line from M&T
BURNSIDE - A resolution was adopted Monday by the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA) Authority to accept a $250,000 line of credit from Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company.
The authority can draw down the loan for three years, after which there is a five-year payback period. Interest is currently set at 3.19 percent.
Any funds drawn from the credit line will be used to for expenses ineligible for use of state grant funding including salary and benefits for the vacant operations manager position.
Authority members expect to advertise the position in the near future, and have applied for additional state grant funding to help offset the expense.
In other business at Monday's meeting, a $2,500 donation from the Northumberland County Conservation District was presented by district manager Judy Becker. The board subsequently allotted up to $1,500 to Blair Carbaugh, an associate director of the conservation district, for the purchase of supplies related to the planting of hundreds of chestnut trees on park property.
The authority also voted to spend $1,000 on battery operated equipment, appointed Eye Spy Security to become the park's security firm at an hourly rate of $13.50 and set previously discussed sponsorship levels at $500, $250 and $100.
Anthracite Trail Riders continue planning a benefit ride on April 26, proceeds of which will be split equally among Shamokin and Coal and Zerbe townships.
AOAA committees will meet Saturday to continue planning for the May 17 grand opening. Cleanups are scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon March 29 and April 12. One Smart Cookie, Coal Township, will provide lunch. Volunteers ride free both days after the cleanup ends. Donations of Dumpsters and equipment is sought.
Thirteen access points have been blocked off and two gates installed.
A mine reclamation project on AOAA land is nearing completion. Grubbing and touch-ups remain, and deer fencing will be installed. It's expected to be finished in six to eight weeks.
Cost of a duplicate or magnetic-backed pass will be $10.
The Northumberland County Planning Department will be asked to draft a letter to the five contractors who worked on the park's welcome center asking for a statement of any outstanding balances or uncompleted work.
AJ's Outdoor Power Equipment, Mansfield, was thanked for the one-year loan of a 2013 Can-Am Commander vehicle that was recently returned. The authority still has a Can-Am Maverick on loan. Big Boys NAPA was thanked for the donation of $500 in shelves for the authority's garage.
Billings Vending Service will station a drink machine and a snack machine at the welcome center, of which the authority will be paid 10 percent of the profits.
An executive session was held for the discussion of litigation and land acquisition matters.