SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS 'Klondike Derby' headed to Franko
The "Klondike Derby" will be held early next year in Franko Farm Park, Salisbury Township.
The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners voted 4-0, with one commissioner absent Nov. 15, to approve the request for the Jan. 19, 2013, event held by the Trexler District, Minsi Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America.
The approval is contingent on the Scouts' representatives providing the township with a waiver of liability and proof of insurance.
Al Dallao, a Trexler District, Boy Scouts of America volunteer, first made the request during the Oct. 25 commissioners' workshop. Attending with him were Trexler District, Boy Scouts of America, advisors Paul Stephens Sr. and Paul Stephens Jr.
Minsi's Trexler District includes the Allentown and Emmaus areas. Approximately 100 youths from Salisbury are expected to attend the "Klondike Derby."
The annual "Klondike Derby" puts Scouts' skills during cold weather to the test, including use of an Alaskan-style Klondike sled.
"They [the Scouts] compete against each other," Dallao said, adding about 130 Scouts and 45 adults attended last year's "Klondike Derby."
About 20 sleds will be pulled by the Scouts to about seven "skill stations" set up in the park. The stations include: rope-knot tying, obstacle course, first-aid, rescue, and fire-building.
The Scouts expect to set up the stations noon to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 18, 2013. The stations will be set up on the nature trail.
The Scouts are expected to conclude setting up at 7 a.m., with registration at 8:30 a.m. and the event 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the awards presentation, 3 p.m., all Jan. 19, 2013.
The park pavilion will be reserved, to be used for registration and lunch break. There will be about three Porta-Johns placed in the park. An estimated 50 vehicles would use the parking lot.
There will be no camping. The park will be open to the public during the event.
Scouts will bring their own lunches. Propane camp stoves will be used.
No activities will be held on the park's athletic fields.
Following the township workshop presentation, commissioners agreed to put the Scouts' request on the Nov. 15 agenda when it was brought up for the vote.
At the workshop, Commissioner Joanne Ackerman asked the Scouts' representatives to present a diagram of the "Klondike Derby" setup for Franko Park, which they provided at the Nov. 15 meeting.
There was initial concern about possible damage to plant life at Franko.
"I don't think we identified any endangered species [at Franko] in our habitat inventory," said Salisbury Township Director of Planning and Zoning Cynthia Sopka. "We indentified invasive species [there]."
"This is a winter event, and you're expecting snow or you're expecting us to provide snow?" Salisbury Township Manager Randy Soriano quipped to the Scouts' representatives at the workshop.
After the Nov. 15 vote of approval, Dallao said to township commissioners and administrators, "If you're around Jan. 19, 2013, bundle up and come on out and join us."