Lake leaders look at trail plans, downtown renovation project

Community News

March 14, 2022

From the Conneaut Lake Borough Council February public meeting:

Sandy Eldridge stood to speak about the CLCDC’s recent purchase of Holiday Outdoor Décor. There are 25 lighted snowflake lights that will be set in downtown Conneaut Lake for the Christmas season, in 2022. The CLCDC did research by shopping around for holiday lighting and prices, and telephoned two other municipalities who have purchased holiday light decorations, these being Saegertown and Union City. Each snowflake light measures 4 feet wide and each one has 96 cool white LED lights. The Borough will be responsible to install, remove, and store the holiday lights. A discussion ensued with Council and Streets Manager Jim Donnachie regarding the installation of the lights with brackets, and the storage of the lights during the off-season.

From the CLCDC, Councilman Bill Eldridge spoke about the downtown renovation project at Water Street. The CLCDC has applied for grant money with the DCED. CLCDC has received an application package, and the organization will be working with PennDOT on this forthcoming project.

Eldridge further stated that the Ernst Trail proposals are moving forward for Conneaut Lake. There is a small trail at the Conneaut Lake Winery. A bridge is required to go over a beaver dam. Crawford County is working with engineers, and Eldridge has looked at rails to trails information. Council took up the dialogue, which turned to sidewalks and controlled cross walks for the Ernst Trail. Snow removal was also discussed, relevant to walk ways and bike trails near streets. Donnachie reminded those present that there are active public hunting lands behind the local winery, and he asked if a hike and bike trail could be a safety risk for patrons, due to active hunting area and gamelands there.