kidcoaster Posted January 7, 2007 Share Posted January 7, 2007 There is going to be a pubilc meeting about CLP on Jan 28 at 1 pm. At Stable Pit and Pub on the East side of the lake. Conneaut Lake resident to host forum to get answers for public on park issues By Jane Smith, Meadville Tribune 12/22/06 CONNEAUT LAKE - A businesswoman has set up a public forum Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. * the Cow Shed to hear about 2007 plans for Conneaut Lake Park. Wanda Ramaley, Owner of the Stable Pit and Pub and Cow Shed, sent a letter to. LeRoy Stearns, the park's court-appointed manager, and park general manager George Deshner asking them to attend. However, both said Thursday they won't be there. Ramaley sent a letter to Stearns and outlined the format. She said Conneaut Lake Area Business Association Donald Weyel would read questions that "we as owners of an amusement park that is financially troubled, and also a park that none of us asked to own" want to have answered. "We need answers, not a scream-fest," she wrote. She said she wants Steams' answers to be made public to everyone and has extended invitations to the press from Erie, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Buffalo, Sharon, Yottngstown, Meadville and Linesville and for Armstrong cable television to tape the meeting. "Many of us feel that there are too many issues that the judge does not know about, and feel that by going public with this meeting, that it may permit the judge to view the 'entire' picture, not just the viewpoint" of the court-appointed manager, "who self-proclaims not to spend too much time at the park itself." In referring to the judge, she was talking about Crawford County Court of Common Pleas 'Judge Anthony Vardaro, who appointed Stearns. The 114-year-old amusement park is under court supervision following lawsuits and rulings that the park is a charitable trust. She advised Stearns that she would "guess. that you would welcome the chance to answer all of our questions. For the pay you receive," she said, "1 expect you to honor requests from the 'owners' to be there:" ' "Please be advised that the meeting will happen whether you choose to attend or not. I am sure the . newspapers and news stations will have a field day reporting that the custodian (court-appointed manager) does not deem it necessary to answer to the owners of this business, she continued. Steams said Thursday he has already held several public meetings and until he has more information to report he won't attend another one. He: said if somebody has concerns about what is happening at the park they can send him a letter and he will respond. Stearns is the first court appointed manager of the park to hold public meetings to discuss the park's operation. Ramaley said as a business owner she must know whether the park and Hotel Conneaut will open in 2007 so she can make decisions about hall rentals. "I don't want to rent the upstairs to a class reunion for 40 if I can rent it for a wedding reception for 300 or 400," she said. "It's very critical for the nature of my business to know exactly what is going to happen (to the park)," Ramaley said. Many people who can't rent the hotel have turned to the Stable Pit and Pub and Cow Shed in the past. She said she expects the following to attend the' meeting: Frank Flanigan, operator of the Beach Club, a bar and restaurant in the park; RainaIey's sister, who had a problem at the park's Rib Fest; and Roger and Bonnie Williard, who help organize the park's DoWopp events. Jane Smith can be reached at 724-6370 or bye-mail at ; email@example.com If you are interested and need directions just ask I can help. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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