Laurel Mountain State Park ski plans will go to Ligonier Township supervisors
Plans to restore the ski facilities at Laurel Mountain State Park will go before the Ligonier Township supervisors for approval in November.
Township manager Terry Carcella said Thursday that a decision on the proposed plans should not have been postponed at a planning commission meeting this week because the architect and engineer for the project were seeking only a modification to a previously approved plan.
At that meeting, architect Cherie H. Moshier of Moshier Studio in Pittsburgh and engineer Keith Gindlesperger of H.F. Lenz Co. in Johnstown described changes to the plan, which include swapping out a snow-tubing park and parking lot and refocusing on skiing facilities.
Questions about a sewage and storm-water maintenance agreement reached in 2012 between the township and the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources prompted Moshier and Gindlesperger to ask for a 90-day waiver to look into the agreement.
Carcella researched the history of the project and found that supervisors approved a land development plan for the park in 2011.
What Moshier and Gindlesperger proposed on Tuesday is considered a modification, Carcella said.
Carcella sent a memo to the planning commission and supervisors informing them of the change in procedure.
“This is an important project to the community,” Carcella said. “It shouldn’t be delayed in any manner because of a modification issue.”
Carcella said township officials will further examine the stormwater and sewage maintenance agreement to determine what the township’s role will be.
A grading permit from the township zoning department is still required for the project, he said.
“We know everybody would like to see this start construction and reopen soon,” Moshier said Thursday.
Gindlesperger did not return a request for comment.
Nicole Chynoweth is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.