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Conneaut Lake Park tax negotiations kept hush-hush

Submitted Wed, 02/13/2013 - 9:38am by Andy Alm

MEADVILLE – Crawford County Commissioner Jack Lynch wants Conneaut Lake Park to release more information to the public regarding its tax debt situation.  At the commissioners work session yesterday, Lynch compared the park’s situation to the financially troubled Meadville Area Recreation Complex, which held a public meeting recently about the impending closure of its swimming pool.  He said a similar public forum would be a good idea for the park.  Currently 850-thousand dollars in debt, officials with the park’s board of trustees have entered into talks with the county treasurer about a repayment plan.  The two sides had a private meeting on Thursday.

County Commissioner Francis Weiderspahn said he has instructed the county solicitor, Ted Watts, to pursue that plan with the park’s attorneys.  He said the plan should pay back the debt in a timely manner.  “Not one year, but not twenty years.  Short-term,” Weiderspahn said.

Weiderspahn told Forever Broadcasting on Tuesday he is willing to order the park to go to sheriff’s sale if an acceptable deal isn’t reached by September.  “I hope it doesn’t come to that, but I’m prepared to go to tax sale,” Weiderspahn said.

Meanwhile county commissioners are keeping mum about the exact nature of the talks currently underway with the park.  “There haven’t been any concrete details.  I don’t even know all the details,” said Commissioner Weiderspahn Tuesday afternoon.

Commissioners previously gave the park a February 7th deadline to submit a repayment plan.

Treasurer Christine Krysiak refused to divulge any details of Thursday’s meeting with park officials other than to say that negotiations are underway.  The park owes $856,212.77.

Jack Moyers, president of the park board of trustees, could not be reached for comment last night.

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