March 14, 2022

Borough Council discussed maintenance of floating metal dock system at Fireman’s Beach

The subject of repairs to the floating metal dock system at Fireman’s Beach was brought up by Councilman Bill Eldridge. The subject had been discussed at several meetings since council member Mario DeBlasio presented information last fall that he believed indicated imminent failure of the system.

For details, please refer to the March 14, 2022 Meadville Tribune article in the “Media Coverage” tab of this website.

December 16, 2021

CLCDC reports $50K of CLCDC funds spent on Conneaut Lake Borough projects.

In support of the revitalization of Conneaut Lake Borough, the Conneaut Lake Community Development Committee (CLCDC) reported to Conneaut Lake Borough Council on the more than $50,000 it had spent over the past two years on projects to improve Conneaut Lake.

Specific items covered by the volunteers of CLCDC included engineering consulting, overhead wire removal, town hall decorations, landscaping and flags at Fireman’s Beach, Memorial Park improvements, Memorial Park light poles, and Pedal the Lake bicycle rally.

CLCDC volunteers also worked diligently to provide a very successful Ice House Festival, Dec. 4, resulting in much fun for our community and considerable funds raised for donation to the borough revitalization initiative.

Please refer to the Dec. 15, 2021 Meadville Tribune article in the “Media Coverage” tab of this website.

July 14, 2021

New direction for CLCDC

CLCDC announces completion of revitalization objectives.…shifts focus to other community appearance and economic improvement activities….turns over the continuation of revitalization projects to municipal management.

Please refer to the July 14, 2001 Press Release in the “Media Coverage” tab of this website.

July 8, 2021

New traffic signal lights for Water Street

A $220,000 grant was awarded Conneaut Lake Borough to modernize the traffic lights on Water Street at 1st Street and 2nd Street.

Governor Tom Wolf announced July 7 that Conneaut Lake was one of 50 municipalities statewide to receive a portion of $15.6 million to support traffic signal upgrades through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT’s) “Green Light-Go” program.

With the recent improvements to curbs, sidewalks and lighting between 2nd and 3rd Streets and improvements to Memorial Park this Summer, the addition of new traffic lights is an important next step in the Water Street revitalization project.

For details, please refer to the July 8, 2021 Meadville Tribune article in the “Media Coverage” tab of this website.

June 1, 2021

Memorial Day, 2021 celebration at “revitalized” Memorial Park

The revitalization of Conneaut Lake Borough took another positive step forward as the Conneaut Lake Community Development Committee (CLCDC) teamed with Kiwanis to revitalize Memorial Park ahead of the 2021 annual Memorial Day celebration. The Kiwanis received a $20,000 bequest from the late George Rutherford, who was a Kiwanis member for many years and was master of ceremonies at the annual event at Memorial Park.

The CLCDC contributed the additional $8,000 needed to complete the project. Bill Eldridge, chairman of the CLCDC, coordinated the project efforts with Kiwanis and Borough Council on behalf of the CLCDC.

CLCDC is proud to have been instrumental in improving a very special and historic location in the borough.

Please refer to the June 1, 2021 Meadville Tribune article in the “Media Coverage” tab of this website.

April 19, 2021

Second Phase of Conneaut Lake Revitalization to start week of April 19, 2021

The PennDOT project is expected to begin 4/21/21 on the north side of the street. The work is scheduled to be done within 60 days. It will include curbs, sidewalks, and landscaping.

CLCDC President Bill Eldridge will be the liaison between the PennDOT project manager and Borough Council.

Required borough matching funds for the multi-million-dollar project were covered by the payments made to the engineering consult from funds previously raised by CLCDC.

Please refer to the April 19, 2021 Meadville Tribune article in the “Media Coverage” tab of this website.

March 29, 2021

Construction on Conneaut Lake main street starting this Spring

Referencing Phase II revitalization work to begin this Spring on Water Street between 2nd St. and 3rd St., please refer to the March 29, 2021 Community News article in the “Media Coverage” tab of this website.

December 21, 2020

Conneaut Lake Borough recognizes CLCDC for its efforts in delivering quality, long-term revitalization to Fireman’s Beach

Fireman’s Beach offers “the finest access to the lake.” Along with being an important community facility for access and enjoyment, the beach is an important source of funds for the Borough.

In 2020, the profit from Fireman’s Beach was $58,000 (previous years: $28,000 in 2015; $43,000 in 2016; $40,000 in 2017; $30,000 in 2018; and $24,000 in 2019). The trend for increased profits is expected to continue.

Rental rates increased due partly to high demand for dock space but mainly to the Borough claim that “Fireman’s Beach docking is the best product in the area.” The older docks fees increased from $650 to $750 per year and the fees for the newly added docks increased from $850 to $950.

The new playground was also recognized as a great addition to the beach area.

Councilman Bill Eldridge, who is also Chairman of the CLCDC, and the entire CLCDC were recognized for their efforts in completing the beach project. The committee was able to obtain the funding needed for the multimillion-dollar revitalization project.

CLCDC “is a tremendous asset to the community. That’s why we partnered with them. What the committee has promised has been delivered.”

Please refer to the December 21, 2020 Meadville Tribune article in the “Media Coverage” tab of this website.

October 30, 2020

Conneaut Lake Community Development Committee (CLCDC) receives “vote of confidence” from Conneaut Lake Borough Council

The recent positive work and success of the CLCDC in completing Phase 1 of revitalization of Water Street (1st St. – 2nd St.) and Fireman’s Beach was reviewed at the October Borough Council meeting.

Council confirmed that CLCDC has the authority to oversee future revitalization projects, beginning in the Spring of 2021 with Water Street Phase 2 (2nd St. – 3rd St.) and Memorial Park.

Please refer to the October 30, 2020 Meadville Tribune article in the “Media Coverage” tab of this website.

August 24, 2020

Improvements coming to Memorial Park

Memorial Park on Water Street will be getting an upgrade with funding by the Conneaut Lake Kiwanis Club. Funds are from a bequest from the estate of the late George Rutherford.

Improvements will include the replacement of benches and pole lights to match those used in the revitalization project on Water Street. Also, a new flagpole and flower urns will be added.

Please refer to the August 24, 2020 Meadville Tribune article in the “Media Coverage” tab of this website.

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