BUTLER TWP. — The township supervisors and officials of CAN DO came to a verbal agreement Tuesday night about a traffic light at the intersection of Corporate Drive and state Route 309 in order to get students safely in and out of the CAN DO office park when a “magnet school” goes into operation in the fall.
CAN DO officials said they recognize a signal light has to installed there and, they said, they would put in writing what will be done. Those comments came after Brian Kisenwhether expressed concern for the safety of about 400 students who will be bused to a structure in the office park that has been purchased by the Hazleton Area School District to accommodate increasing student enrollment and create a high school focusing on science, technology, math, engineering and the environment.
With the traffic light in mind, last month the supervisors approved a motion to transfer a PennDOT highway occupancy permit from CAN DO to Butler Township, but Don Karpowich, solicitor, said some of the language in that agreement will have to be changed.
In other matters:
* Karpowich told two township residents who complained about noise from the Mountain Speedway that an interim agreement is in place with the track owners and the township has to abide by that pact. Two representative of the track offered a rebuttal. “We’re living up to the agreement,” they said.
* The supervisors extended an employment agreement with Joan Marie Pusateri, director of budget and finance, including a increase in salary of 3 percent.
* They approved a resolution to seek a $400,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for the expansion of Freedom Park.
* They agreed to purchase 1,200 diffusers for the wastewater system at a cost not to exceed $4,000.