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February 20. 2013 12:41AM
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BEAR CREEK TWP. – Options for handling the sewage and water needs for a new school dominated the agenda for the Bear Creek Community Charter School board of trustees Thursday.

The board heard a lengthy report from Joe Stachokus of SM Design Group, the civil engineering firm for the school project. Stachokus outlined four different sewage treatment plans and two water plans under consideration for the site, fielding questions from the trustees along the way.

While no decisions were made, Stachokus' recommendation was that the board consider one of two drip systems for on-lot sewage disposal, which would treat the sewage and then disperse the treated water underground. One option also allowed some of the treated water to be reused to flush toilets in the school, something under consideration because the school has an environmental charter and is seeking to make the new school as environmentally-friendly as possible.

Also discussed were two alternatives for providing water for the site – public water versus a private well, noting that factors such as the fire suppression needs and options for piping the public water to the site would play a role in the final decision.

Next steps in the project include additional soil testing on the site and review by a hydrogeologist, which is required by the state Department of Environmental Protection. The board also had a brief discussion about the highway occupancy permit, noting that while the plan calls for a left turn lane on state Route 115, there will not be a need for an additional traffic signal.

The board also moved to allow the solicitor to begin negotiations with the architect chosen for the project, Scranton-based Hemmler & Camayd.

In other business, the board:

•Ratified approval for Pocono Soil to conduct soil testing at a cost of $11,880.

•Approved tuition requests totaling $5,446 to four staff members.

•Heard a report that a lockdown drill conducted at the school recently went well and identified a few small areas for improvements, which have been handled.

•Noted that the school's contribution to the teachers' state retirement fund will increase, requiring the school to pay an additional $102,000 in 2013.

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