2017-06-24 / Front Page

Arboretum lot now for sale

Supporters of selling a section of the Coudersport Arboretum to allow the Sheetz convenience store to expand bided their time for a month and then pounced.

On Wednesday night, with one member on vacation, Borough Council voted 3-2 to offer the lot for sale over a 90-day period.

Last month, Council voted 4-2 in favor of a motion to “leave things exactly as they are and do nothing.” Supporting the motion were Gene Neefe, Andy Bristol, Bryan Welsh and Rich Neefe. Dissenting votes were cast by Todd Husson and council president George Hults.

Members of the Coudersport Arboretum Committee and other supporters of the park took solace in their belief that, after more than two years of debate, the issue had been put to bed.

Such was not the case.

On Wednesday night, with Rich Neefe absent and the meeting near adjournment, Councilman Husson abruptly moved to seek bids on the .35-acre section, at the corner of Chestnut and South West streets.

Welsh and Gene Neefe were once again opposed, but Bristol flipped and voted in favor with Husson and Hults for a majority.

Council has reason to believe that the property may fetch upwards of $350,000 from Tom Majot, who owns the adjacent property that’s occupied by Sheetz. Majot covets the southern section of the Arboretum, occupied by the historic C&PA Railroad caboose, park entrance and landscaping.

If the .35 acres sold, the borough would retain ownership of the remaining property, where the American Legion Post 192 Military Wall of Honor is located.

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