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FACTORYVILLE - Factoryville Borough and Clinton Township are looking to enhance their parks with the help of multiple grants.

The municipalities have applied for two: one to improve the Factoryville/Clinton Township Joint Municipal Park and one to add playgrounds and amenities to Christy Mathewson Park. The grants total $472,793 and $59,913, respectively.

The municipalities hope to receive approval by late fall, said Factoryville grant writer Sadie Rozenburg, who updated borough council at the April 10 meeting. The grants are administered through the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

The Clinton Township grant application seeks to add a second soccer field to the joint municipal park, a parking lot, a 1-mile walking and jogging trail and a well for an irrigation system. The soccer field would be regulation size, 115 yards long and 70 yards wide.

The current soccer field is smaller and worn down from use. More than 200 kids from the Trail Youth Soccer League play there and need more room, Rozenburg said.

The new soccer field would be open for other schools, including Keystone College. “It would be available to anyone who would need it,” Rozenburg said.

Factoryville is the applicant for the Christy Mathewson Park project. It would include five equipped playgrounds with educational information at each, such as plaques telling about nature and wildlife.

In a separate matter, Factoryville resident Joan Peterson asked if the borough could add a stop sign on College Avenue near the entrance to Keystone to cut down on speeding. “I think it would make it safer,” she said, noting how there is much pedestrian traffic, as well as a steady flow of bicyclists.

Councilman Bill Edwards said College Avenue is a state road, but council will contact PennDOT officials to look into the matter.

Council approved a motion to purchase a roller with a water tank, pending the approval of an ordinance for an intergovernmental agreement with Clinton Township. The agreement is expected to be in place by next month.

The ton-and-a-half pound roller costs $14,500, with each municipality paying $7,250 out of the general funds and roads budgets, said borough manager Mary Ellen Buckbee.

The roller can be used in many ways, including for blacktopping and patching, said Steve Swift, maintenance and sewer plant operator.

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