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June 11, 2014

North Beaver may buy former school property

NEW CASTLE — North Beaver Township is negotiating over the possible purchase of former school property on Route 551.

At Monday’s meeting, township solicitor Thomas Leslie said he is discussing options with the attorney for the owner, Brian Simpson, to improve the property, which includes the former high school, elementary school and a garage. He said the township might buy the property with the intention of tearing it down. He said the owner also could remove the buildings.

He added he is sure there is asbestos in both former schools, which will make it expensive to tear down. Jerry Tillia, supervisor chairman, said all three buildings are in bad condition.

A resident’s question prompted a check of the property’s zoning and officials found it is zoned agriculture, although adjacent lots are zoned residential. Leslie said it needs to be rezoned commercial in order to increase its value. Other commercial properties are located across the street and a few doors south of the property.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the supervisors:

•Approved an increase from $25 to $40 for rental of the township park’s picnic shelter 2, which is the one furthest from the road. The increase is because the shelter now has running water. The fee for the other shelter remains at $45 and both require a $25 deposit.

•Accepted Bob Kenny’s resignation from the township planning commission. The supervisors are accepting letters from residents interested in the vacant seat.

•Approved a small flow treatment facility maintenance agreement for a self-contained sewage plant at Hickory Run Energy. Preliminary approval for the Hickory Run Energy meter station subdivision also was approved. The facility is planned for Route 551 near McClelland Road.

(Email: grzebieniak@ncnewsonline.com)

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