North Beaver Township Supervisors are offering to split the cost of an environmental survey of the old Mount Jackson School property.
They would pay half the cost to determine whether there is asbestos, lead paint, underground tanks or other issues that would be costly to clean up. The supervisors are asking owner Brian Simpson to pay the other half.
It is the latest effort to solve a problem that has been plaguing the township for years — what to do about the crumbling buildings. Negotiations have gone on for more than a year.
The two former school buildings and a garage are located on property on Route 551, just north of Mount Jackson.
Supervisor Jerry Tillia said the survey would protect the township from costly clean-up.
“We don’t want the township to end up paying a big bill,” Tillia explained.
Supervisors would like to buy the property after the buildings are demolished and then either re-sell it or use it for a municipal purpose. But they will not complete the sale until environmental issues are settled.
In other business:
•Supervisors agreed to buy four tables for the municipal building from Friends Office Supply, Hermitage for $431 each..
•They agreed to advertise for bids for road sealing and blacktopping.
•They appointed Stacey Cosgrove as township deputy tax collector. She is tax collector for Little Beaver Township and would step in if North Beaver’s tax collector Karen Magnone became incapacitated. A deputy tax collector is required under a new law, Tillia said. She will be paid a percentage of what she collects and there is no additional cost to the township.