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Published June 22. 2010 05:00PM

Although the Weissport Playground looks like it should open soon, a problem with the tire mulch has the facility temporarily closed.

As volunteers were completing tasks at the playground, they found that the mulch contains pieces of metal that should not be there.

Secretary Dana Brubaker said that she sent samples of the shredded mulch embedded with small pieces of metal wire back to the manufacturer and members of the Weissport Recreation Commission have met with the company's owner to get the issue resolved.

Apparently the problem was caused when the manufacturing company's magnet failed to pick up some of the metal from the shredded tire mulch in the factory and the volunteers didn't see the problem until most of the mulch was spread.

Council President Tim Rehrig said that the manufacturer has agreed to bring in machinery with a large magnet to scan the playground and remove the metal fragments, plus the company has agreed to replace the mulch and bring the thickness of the material up to national playground safety standards.

Mayor Jonathan Troutman also noted that there is a discrepancy as to the placement of the swing set.

"I'm not sure who is at fault, but it has to be resolved," he said.

Troutman said that either the architectural playground design was flawed or the company which dug the holes did not follow the engineer's blueprint.

Troutman said that the playground design calls for a handicapped walkway, which will be in direct conflict with the amount of space needed for the arc of the swings.

Troutman said that national standards for the playground call for an 18-foot swing arc and the new playground's arc is only 15 feet.

"We can eliminate the landscaped walkway and use a rubberized surface that would make it safe," said Troutman. Troutman also noted that the bench placement will also have to be altered because of the need for the redesign.

Council was undecided about the next step, but after discussion, Rehrig noted that the Department of Natural Resources must be notified about the problems because it has provided a $48,000 grant and that some of the funds will not be released until final inspection.

"They have to be notified about the change of design anyway," said Rehrig.

The seed money for the playground was raised by Concerned Citizens of Weissport, which recently changed its name to the Weissport Recreation Commission when it applied for nonprofit status.

Troutman also noted that several maintenance items need to be done to bring the flood levee up to compliance.

Council also plans to sell an unused three point six foot brush mower and use the funds to purchase a self-propelled DR field and brush mower that could be utilized easier for cutting the guard bank.

Council also voted to cancel the July 5 meeting due to the July 4 holiday. Council will reschedule the meeting if needed.

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