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More tube run talk

Doug Havens, supervisor at the town's skate park approached board members about the possibility of a erecting a tube run somewhere in the township.

"There's not much to do around the village in the winter," Havens said.

Havens had a vision and explained what he thought would be ideal. He suggested a seven-lane run with three people staffing it. The run would need a winch system therefore electricity would be needed. The purchase of 50 tubes would be a good start, he said. He felt the area would also need a concession stand and a few picnic tables.

He suggested the run be open on weekends, holidays and winter break. He said the town could charge $5 for an all-day lift ticket or $100 for a season pass.

Havens said there is property behind his house on Port Street that would be ideal.

"There's a pond there and we could pump water for an outdoor ice rink," Havens said. "It's really fun to get out there on the ice."

Tubing, ice skating, hockey and broomball could be held there during the village's annual SnowBlast event, he said.

"I feel it would be a great investment for the town," Havens said. "It could be a family-oriented activity."

"I'm enthused by your commitment, anything to get kids outside," said Grace Rapasadi. "You don't see kids outside anymore."

Town Supervisor Rocco DiVeronica has envisioned a tube run for the town for some time now and actually suggested it last year.

"The problem is, the area you are talking about belongs to the village," DiVeronica said.

Anthony Palamara suggested the town look into an inter-municipal agreement with the village, to lease or buy the property.

DiVeronica said if not there could be other locations available.

Because Havens did not have estimates on how much it would cost, the board gave him the go ahead to pursue it.

"Right now it's a tube run without a home," Rapasadi said.

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