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Bear Creek Twp. OKs key part charter school plan

October 08. 2013 12:04AM
JANINE UNGVARSKY Times Leader Correspondent

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BEAR CREEK TWP. — A key component of the pre-construction process for the new Bear Creek Community Charter School was approved by township supervisors on Monday.

The sewage treatment module for the new school was approved after a brief presentation by representatives of the school’s construction team from SM Design Group LLC and Hemmler & Camayd Architects. Solid waste generated by the plant will be pumped out monthly, while treated liquid waste will be dispersed into one of 12 zones by pipes buried underground, and the fully treated waste water will drip into the ground, the construction team said.

It was also noted the sewage treatment plant is outside of the Act 537 sewer plan zone and does not impact the Act 537 plan.

Supervisor Jim Smith, who is also the CEO of the charter school, recused himself from the board during the discussion about the sewage plant and moved to sit in the audience with the staff, board members and legal representatives of the charter school while the matter was considered.

Supervisor Jeff Popple abstained from voting because he has relatives on both the charter school board and the Bear Creek Foundation, which will own the school building.

The remaining three supervisors unanimously approved the sewage treatment plan, which will now go to the state Department of Environmental Protection for review and approval.

The sewage treatment module was one of two matters related to the new charter school building that was expected to be discussed by the board. The board had also planned to have a hearing on the conditional use application submitted by the charter school for the 62,000-square-foot building that will is planned for a 6.7-acre plot of land near Forest Park.

However, Township Solicitor William Vinsko said “an advertising snafu” caused the postponement of that hearing to Nov. 4.

In other business, the supervisors approved bids totaling $130,047 for improvements to Trailwood Park. The lowest responsible bidder was Chilewski Enterprises for the work that includes a walking trail, improvements the handicapped parking and access at the park, resurfacing the basketball court and improvements to the playground.

The supervisors also approved awarding the fuel oil bid to Button Fuel at $3.189 per gallon through Dec. 31.

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