By Kellen M. Quigley
GREAT VALLEY — Michaela Pierce has been named the new youth program
director for the town of Great Valley by the town board at its regular
meeting May 9.
Pierce, 28, is a college student who plans to graduate this summer and
previously worked with her mom, Becky Pierce, who did the youth
program before. She said she has been doing projects with kids for
most of her life.
“I’ve been wanting to do this for years,” she added.
The board received two applications but board member Sandra Goode
noted the second application had been pulled.
The town board briefly discusses the status of the town hall addition
project. An addition to the hall at the southwest end of the hall
would allow for the food pantry to have a permanent space in the
existing part of the building. The cost would be covered by the COVID
stimulus funds the town received in 2021.
Board member Becky Kruszynski said one idea for the project is to
build a new wing and build a new parking lot. Town Clerk Toni Evans
said it would mirror the current wing with the town clerk office to
great a U shape with a small courtyard.
Also at the town hall, the board discussed hiring out projects to
repair the town hall sign near Route 219 and landscaping for all the
flowerbeds. Evans said the town hall grounds have no caretake beyond
someone who comes to mow, so no one takes care of the flowers.
“The three lots out here — weeding, trimming, edging and mulching —
and out front at the sign is $1,625,” Kruszynski said. “For another
$100 maybe we could get some flowers in there to withstand the
Kruszynski said the current town sign is weathered and wanted to look
into refurbishing it. All of the bushes around the sign are also in
The board decided to pursue having someone take care of the flowers
around the town hall and wait until the sign is refurbished before
managing the grounds around it.
Another round of engraving memorial bricks in the town’s memorial park
at the corner of Humphrey Road and Route 98. Town residents or family
members are welcome to buy a brick for $95 and have it engraved with
the name of a loved one to be memorialized at the park. Application
forms must be submitted no later than Aug. 31.
Kruszynski said the fire department auxiliary has traditionally
volunteered to do the flowers at the memorial park, but wildlife has
been eating the flowers in recent years. She said it hasn’t been
feasible to get volunteers in to care for the flowers on a regular
basis and wanted the town to consider having a professional work on
“I put my feelers out for some estimates for the park, which would be
taking all the mulch that’s there and in, feeding the ground, putting
new mulch in and tools for getting all the weeds and flowers that they
would put in and keep an eye on for us,” she said. “For just the park
it would be $700.”
The board also discussed renting the Kill Buck Memorial Pavilion and
park for funerals. The board voted to allow town residents to hold
funerals at the pavilion at no cost, but residents of neighboring
communities would still have to pay.
Also at the Kill Buck park, the board proposed preparing the baseball
fields for youth groups to use during the summer. Highway Department
Superintendent Jack Harrington said he needed to know at what
measurements to set up the bases. The board members discussed whether
T-ball, Little League or high school regulation would be best.
The board approved purchasing a permanent historical marker for the
former Willoughby School at the cost of about $1,300.
The meeting was held in honor of Jane Eshbaugh, the longtime Holiday
Valley employee who retired earlier this month.