Community discusses future of the borough

MOUNT UNION – On July 11, members of the Mount Union Borough Council, Kiwanis Club, Mount Union Area Community Library, school board and local residents gathered in the Mount Union Area High School library to discuss plans and a strategy to better advance the community both economically and aesthetically.

Judy Chambers, Penn State Extension educator discussed short and long term goals of the community with all of the local contributors.

One of the major components of the group’s strategy is to promote tourism by allowing the legendary East Broad Top railroad to extend from Orbisonia into Mount Union. Chambers stated, “it is difficult to separate tourism and railroad.”

The meeting discussed using the beauty of the outdoors to pull in potential tourists, by offering trails and water-based activities such as kayaking, fishing and hiking. Borough council member David Yocum stated that “the borough is already working toward the development of a boat launch.”

The primary concern of the evening was the reconstruction of a wall that has been collapsing on Pennsylvania Avenue for a number of years. A grant has been approved and reconstruction of the wall is set to begin in the near future.

Other topics of the evening, such as building community pride, infrastructure issues, beautification and revitalization and potential uses for the currently defunct Mount Union Area Elementary School were briefly discussed. The group’s next meeting, which is scheduled at 6 p.m. on Aug. 22, will address these concerns in greater detail and develop a course of action.