COUDERSPORT — A routine meeting was held by the Coudersport Borough Council on Nov. 18.

The council heard a request from Terry Gerhart, representing the Black Forest Conservation, to hold a duck race in the channel between Mitchell Park and Sheetz. With him was Black Forest Falcon Trap Team member Kaylee Empson and her father, Brad Empson.

Gerhart said the team consists of about 50 shooters who come from all around Potter County, including Coudersport, Northern Potter and Galeton.

“They work very hard on the shooting range. That being said, our shooting sport is growing and to the point where fundraising is very important to us,” Gerhart said. The team has about 50 shooters and has to raise between $15,000-$20,000 annually to keep the sport going.

“We feel (the duck race) would be a huge fundraiser for us to keep our program going,” he said.

The details still need to be ironed out and the council asked Gerhart to report back closer to the date, tentatively in August, with the final arrangements. Council member Marty Fry said as long as COVID-19 isn’t an issue, he didn’t see any concerns with it. Some concerns about parking were brought up, but Coudersport Borough Police Chief Curt McClain said if lack of parking became an issue, people could park at the high school and walk down.

The council reviewed the draft ordinance that would allow ATV/UTVs to ride on some borough streets. McClain suggested the ordinance clearly state that drivers must be at least 16 years old with a valid driver’s license.

The council voted unanimously to advertise the ordinance. Passing the ordinance will be on next month’s agenda.

The 2021 fireman’s contract was approved in the amount of $52,936.02; the council will request a certified audit at the end of next year.

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