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					                                                                                                                                      12-A                      e Gazette, Wednesday, September 7, 2011         W        9-A


   Southern Tioga                                                                   Q&A with the                        Lawrenceville delays again
                                                                                   Lawrenceville
 enrollment is down!                                                              Borough solicitor
                                                                                                                           by Jason Przybycien
                                                                                                                      przybycj@tiogapublishing.com
                                                                                                                                                              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-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 icer.
                                                                                     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
  deaton@tiogapublishing.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-
School.”                                                                                                             panies.
                                         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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