Mahwah November 18, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES IV • Page 7 Council favors new plan for Darlington Schoolhouse path by Frank J. McMahon The Mahwah Council has indicated by a unanimous straw poll that it favors the new plan presented by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference for a walking path through the wooded area between the Darlington Schoolhouse at the end of Darlington Avenue and the Continental Soldiers Park parking area. The boardwalk path has been moved back 200 feet from its original location near Ramapo Valley Road to the rear of the schoolhouse. The path will extend into the woods and across a bridge over the Darlington Brook, which is 30 feet wide in that area, to the rear of the roller skating area at the Continental Soldiers Park. The new plan for the path was described by Andy Norin, the pro bono attorney for the trail conference. Norin advised that it will be located in a less noticeable place with a gate at the bridge across the Darlington Brook and signage indicating the bridge is only to be used by trail conference members who are attending a meeting at the schoolhouse. “We think that will do the trick when the Continental Soldiers Park parking area is at full capacity,” he said. Tibor Latincsics, the trail conference’s engineer, who is also donating his services to his client, told the council the new path location will be out of easy public view to the rear of the schoolhouse and the new location addresses the council’s concern that a path near Ramapo Valley Road would be used by visitors to the nearby Ramapo Reservation. Council President John DaPuzzo, who had originally opposed the walking path because he feared it would be too accessible to visitors to the reservation, voiced his immediate approval of the new plan. “That’s exactly what we are looking for,” the councilman said. Councilman John Roth also voiced his approval of the new plan, saying the problem with the original plan was the potential unfettered access to the Continental Soldiers Park parking area but, once the bridge is put in and is closed off it, will be a good solution. In response to questions by Councilman Samuel Alderisio, Latincsics advised that the path may need some lowlevel lighting and the path will be maintained by the trail conference while keys to the bridge gate will be provided to the township. Councilman Allan Kidd asked if the trail conference would remove the path if it ever decided to move from the site. Norin responded that, if the trail conference ever decided to move, another non-profit would have to be found to use the building and that organization would also want to use the path for overflow parking. Norin also confirmed that the trail conference would coordinate with the township’s recreation department on when it can use the Continental Park parking area. The issue about the use of the parking area at the Continental Soldiers Park arose recently when Edward Goodell, the executive director of the trail conference, requested the council’s permission to build the walking path between the two sites for those times of the year when meetings would be held at the schoolhouse and overflow parking spaces would be required. He explained that the schoolhouse property would have 24 parking spaces plus two handicapped spaces, but that 10 to 20 more spaces would be needed (continued on page 8) In Home PERSONAL TRAINING • Flexible Scheduling • Nutrition Guidance • Sports Specific Training • Men, Women, Children & Couples With Brad Lose 20 lbs in 10 Weeks Insured Degreed & Certified For Free Consultation call: TONE UP/LOSE FAT/ FEEL GREAT 201-925-0381 �������� ������� �������������� �������� ��������������������������������� ���������������������������������� ���������������������� ������������������������������ ���������������������������� ����������� �������� ������� ������������ �������������������������� ������������ �������������������������������� ����������������������������������� ������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������ Fall specials available now for a limited time only. Call Robin at 973-636-7000 11-18-09 kathy/janine IreneFokine2x5C(11-18-09) 2 x 5”