BEAR CREEK TWP. — The last township-level hurdle for the new Bear Creek Community Charter School was cleared Monday when the township supervisors gave final approval to the project’s land development plan.
The plan passed with no opposition from the public or board members. Supervisors Jim Smith and Jeff Popple abstained from voting due to their involvement with the charter school and the Bear Creek Foundation, respectively. The foundation will own the school.
One resident did ask about the planned entrance to the new school from state Route 115, noting that if people fail to obey traffic rules and travel fast near the school, there could be an accident. Board members replied that PennDOT did a traffic study and determined where the entrance should be. New signs will be put in place once the school is constructed, the supervisors said.
In another traffic-related matter, Chairman Gary Zingaretti noted that PennDOT responded to the township’s request for a re-review of the 2.3 mile no-passing zone going up the hill on Route 115 and declined to change the zone.
PennDOT cited an average delay due to slow moving trucks of only two minutes and a decrease in accidents among the reasons for leaving the passing zone alone.
Zingaretti said the change was not made at the request of the supervisors but as a result of a petition and legislator’s requests, and it would likely only be changed the same way.
The supervisors also briefly discussed a recent survey of township property and continued a discussion about the potential consolidation of public works facilities in one central location. The township has applied for a gaming grant to fund the program, and noted that although it looks like the township has already received two gaming grants, what appears on paper to be a second grant was actually a reallocation of unspent funds from the first grant.
In other business, the supervisors:
-Approved the purchase of a new GMC four-wheel-drive truck at a cost of $32,722 through the state purchasing contract. The truck will have a sprayed liner bed, be plow-ready and will have safety lights.
-Approved investigating selling a used pickup and a used front-end loader either for the best offer or scrap.
-Discussed an agreement with Sprint to take over the cellphone tower and equipment building near the township building. The township will lose about $660 a month in income from the rental of the tower to Sprint, but will receive a lump-sum payment of $2,000 at the conclusion of the contract and will investigate other uses for the tower and building.
-Approved the tax sale of an unapproved wooded lot on North First Street.
-Announced the receipt of a $608 recycling performance grant.
-Asked residents to visit the township Facebook page frequently and click on a link to vote for the Bear Creek Little League as they compete against other area Little Leagues in a contest sponsored by the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders. The contest winner will get a renovation of their field.