12-A e Gazette, Wednesday, September 7, 2011 W 9-A
Southern Tioga Q&A with the Lawrenceville delays again
enrollment is down! Borough solicitor
by Jason Przybycien
Kuzio estimated that the plant
would work at 50 percent of its
peak production, resulting in an
Dincher, appointed last night as
zoning and code enforcement of-
The Lawrenceville Bor- Lawrenceville Borough annual donation of $200,000 to LDG plans to build the $4 mil-
by Diane Eaton had large growth last year. I guess Council members grilled Lar-
that was a one-year bubble. We ough Council tabled debate the borough, similar to an “im- lion plant on a seven-acre parcel
email@example.com son Design Group (LDG) CEO pact fee.” He added that when next to the current 26-acre R&T
had no explanation for last year’s on a zoning amendment so Keith Kuzio for an hour and 15
According to Southern Tioga growth and now we have had a they can consult with their water withdrawals were forbid- Mechanical plant parcel. Dincher
minutes last night, Sept. 6, and den this summer, “the borough said they should re-zone both
School District Superintendent correction and no idea why that solicitor, Chris Lantz, who continued asking questions for wasn’t experiencing the impacts parcels, currently Residential/
Keith Yarger, based on third day has happened.” drafted the proposed or- another hour. Then, as they had of our operations.” Agricultural, as Light Industrial.
student numbers, enrollment for The superintendent added dinance. He was not at the three weeks ago after a heated Chilson and residents asked Then neither plant would have a
the 2011-2012 school year is down that the District’s turnout for all meeting, but told The Wells- public hearing, Council tabled a Kuzio about how the facility zoning conlict.
district-wide by 43 students com- fall sports is decent even with the
boro Gazette how he will re- decision to do more homework. would be constructed, what it Kuzio said he could build the
pared to last year. He provided decision to centralize the different
spond to the issues raised Kuzio revealed many details would do and the possible envi- plant in an industrial zone, but if
information about student enroll- sports at one of the District’s three
there. about the fresh water withdraw- ronmental impacts. Kuzio said so, he would not necessarily con-
ment at the Board’s work session, high schools versus offering each al and natural gas wastewater the plant would have closed tinue donating to the borough.
held Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the North sport at more than one high school Is Lawrenceville’s draft
treatment facilities that LDG de- wastewater treatment tanks, a Also, he said LDG’s plans are
Penn High School Library in as was done in the past. The ordinance like the one sires to build on seven acres in “time sensitive” and they could
Blossburg. District’s varsity/junior varsity which Range Resources frame ilter to remove sludge sol-
the borough that are currently build elsewhere.
The superintendent stated that football program at North Penn took to court in South Fay- ids and harsh chemicals.
zoned Residential/Agricultural. “We only want to be in the
last year’s senior class had more in Blossburg has 48 students and ette Township near Pitts- “He just described our Law-
At present, such a facility would
students than this year’s does and its junior high football program renceville treatment plant that I borough if the borough wants
reported that enrollment is down burgh? not be allowed in the zone with-
has 32 students. At Mansfield ran for the last 18 years,” Walter us,” he said.
I don’t agree at all. The out a variance, but proposed
at four of the District’s six schools: High School, 8 students are play- Beach said. Re-zoning would also avoid
language in [our] ordi- Ordinance 01-2011 would create
Blossburg Elementary, 13 fewer ing golf, 12 students are on the Beach added that the plant the new ordinance, which Chil-
nance is taken from other conditional uses compatible with
students; Liberty Elementary, cross-country team, 23 students had been in town for 27 years son and two residents contend
down by 24; Warren L. Miller ordinances in the area and, the plan. The ordinance also has
are on the volleyball team and 26 a list of requirements which any- and there had been no spills. would not hold up in court. They
Elementary in Mansield, a 2 stu- students are on the girls’ soccer if I recall, it’s even based on Chilson said the LDG plant said the proposed Lawrenceville
dent decrease; and Liberty High one applying for the conditional
team. At Liberty High School, 38 what they did in Lycoming use permit must meet. would have to rinse its sludge il- ordinance is too much like a zon-
School, 16 less students. Mansield students are participating in boys’ County. ters into the local watershed, but ing ordinance in South Fayette
High School is up by 8 students, Kuzio said he is planning to
soccer, 35 students in junior high This was taken from lots build a $4 million wastewater Beach said Chilson was misrep- Township near Pittsburgh. The
and North Penn High School is up soccer and 8 in tennis. of areas and these types of resenting an earlier answer from South Fayette ordinance led to
by 4 students. treatment plant, very similar to
Yarger emphasized that of ordinances have withstood a plant LDG has in Williamsport, Kuzio. He added that the ilters ongoing litigation between that
Yarger said, “The decline may the 38 students participating in at the sewage plant didn’t need township and natural gas devel-
be due to more students attending legal challenge. somewhere in Bradford or Tioga
soccer at Liberty High School, County. The plant would accept to be rinsed. oper Range Resources.
Cyber School. If that is the case, 17 are from Liberty, 17 are from In South Fayette, they Kuzio said their residual Some residents, and Coun-
we would like to get those stu- made the setbacks [manda- lowback and produced water
Mansield and 4 are from North containing minerals and hydrau- waste/beneicial use permit cilman Larry Barnes, said the
dents interested in the District’s Penn. Board member Roxanne tory buffer zones around from the Department of Envi- comparison was inaccurate, so
Blended Schools program, which lic fracturing chemicals, ilter the
Landis noted, “The lower number developments] so far you water, and sell it back to gas com- ronmental Protection would not council decided to consult their
would take the place of Cyber of soccer players from North Penn couldn’t do it anywhere, allow them to dump any luids attorney before voting to ap-
is probably because of the North which is a de facto ban [on LDG already has a water with- or sludge into the local water- prove the ordinances.
Board President Barb Shull Penn boys football program.” the gas industry].” shed. The wastewater would be Council agreed to vote on
said, “I have asked Superinten- drawal hydrant along the Tioga
Yarger also pointed out that How do the conditional River to sell fresh water to the iltered and sold back to gas drill- Ordinance 2-2011, which would
dent Yarger to look at why we of the 23 students participating ing companies, and solids would allow an “Oil and Gas Develop-
have fewer students. Are our use ordinances you draft- companies. LDG has been do-
in volleyball at Mansield High nating $1 per thousand gallons be sent to permitted landills ment Facility” as a conditional
families having to move out of the ed compare with the bor-
School, 8 are from North Penn, 8 withdrawn to the borough. The with radiation monitoring. The use in the Residential/Agricul-
district, or is it because of Cyber are from Mansield and 7 are from ough’s alternatives?
Susquehanna River Basin Com- factory would employ six to ten tural district. Council members
School or home schooling.” She Liberty. With this proposal, [de- people at $40,000 per year and then voted 5-1 in favor of remov-
noted that people may be moving velopers] can request some- mission suspended withdrawal
The superintendent told Board there early in the summer due bring hundreds of trucks per day ing the ordinance from consider-
out of the district due to increas- members that for most of the day thing and you can put con- into town. ation.
ing rents and the decline of avail- to pre-drought conditions, so
on Tuesday, Sept. 6, he and Busi- ditions on it. LDG only used the hydrant for Some residents said the town When asked if he would work
able housing. Although it wasn’t ness Manager Laura Perry had If you change the zoning already had enough truck traf- with the borough while they ex-
stated outright, rather than being ive weeks this year. In that time,
been meeting with Sam Scarantino map [by adding an indus- they contributed over $7,000 to ic. One older man demonstrat- plored their options, Kuzio nod-
the boom predicted for Southern of Quad3, the District’s architect, ed this by bringing a large can ded.
Tioga schools, Marcellus Shale gas trial zone] that’s ine, but the borough.
and representatives of Reynolds then you lose all the condi- Councilman Gordon Chilson, of dust to the meeting. He said Finally, council again voted
drilling has apparently not only Construction Management, Inc. the dust comes from trucks and 5-1 to table for two weeks a sec-
failed to produce the promised tions you can put on it … acting as chair for the meeting,
They were discussing the North said the money helped to meet collects in his gutters. When he ond ordinance, to table for two
major increase in District student Penn High School and Blossburg this was much more power-
unforeseen expenses. picked out a handful of the dust, weeks Ordinance 1-2011, which
population but may be the rea- Elementary School renovation ful vehicle in my mind.
“We’re probably $10,000 over it created a smoky brown cloud established conditional uses for
son for the enrollment decline and reconstruction project. Yarger They [borough oficials] water withdrawal and treatment.
budget, but Larson picked up in the air before settling all over
because some families may have said that they will meet again and need to do comprehensive $7,500 of that,” he said. the table in front of him. The motion passed 5-1 with Chil-
been forced to move out of the that by next Tuesday, Sept. 13, all rezoning and it takes lot Chilson said there was no “They run over my curbs, they son dissenting. Council will con-
District to ind affordable, avail- changes to the project must be time and $40 to 60 thou- binding contract between the break my curbs, and all that dirt sult their solicitor and meet Sept.
able housing. inalized so the bid speciications sand. This ordinance is just borough and LDG, but they had just lies into my house,” he said. 19 to consider the ordinance.
Yarger noted, “I don’t have that can be prepared and the bids let
type of information yet but that is a band-aid for the problem. earlier agreed on up to $2 per “Hire a policeman,” offered Chilson said tabling the ordi-
by the end of October. thousand gallons as the compa- former mayor Jerry Bryant, al- nance meant it could no longer
something I do intend to have for Will the delay this week
In other business, Kelsey Ru- ny’s projects develop. Then, he luding to a possible use for be passed because 30 days will
you by next Monday, Sept. 12.” dinski, a student from North Penn force the borough to re-ad-
The Board is holding its regular vertise the ordinance or to asked Kuzio if they could have LDG’s donations. have passed since the public
High School, has been appointed “cost of living” increases in the Chilson and the other coun- hearing. In an interview today,
meeting next Monday, Sept. 12 at as the student representative. She hold another hearing?
6:30 p.m. at the North Penn High donation. cil members did not approve Sept. 7, Solicitor Chris Lantz nei-
will attend the Board’s monthly I’ll have to go back and
School Auditorium in Blossburg. Kuzio said his donations the conditional use ordinance ther conirmed nor denied the
work sessions to update members look. would not accelerate like that. which would allow LDG to build deadline, though he did disagree
During the enrollment discus- on student activities at all three
sion, Board member Dan Bergu- “We feel that they are appro- the plant. Instead, they began to with Chilson’s opinion of the or-
District high schools. priate,” he said. consider an idea from William dinances’ legal defensibility.
son noted, “Liberty High School
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