Last updated: February 03. 2014 11:14PM - 1568 Views
By Janine Ungvarsky Times Leader Correspondent

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BEAR CREEK TWP. — Three resolutions passed by the Bear Creek Township supervisors Monday moved the new Bear Creek Community Charter School a few steps closer to reality.

The supervisors exercised their prerogative to waive the township’s financial security requirement for the new construction. Chairman Gary Zingaretti said it is clear the project will not be left undone and the school has appropriate funding in place to complete the building.

He said the supervisors can still refuse an occupancy permit if all other requirements aren’t met, and noted the move will prevent the school from spending $30,000 to $40,000 in bank fees to secure a letter of credit that will never be needed.

Supervisors Jim Smith, who is the CEO of the charter school, and Jeff Popple, who is related to a charter school board member, abstained from voting.

Action was also taken on two recommendations of the planning committee related to the new school.

The supervisors approved a waiver of a slope requirement for the school’s driveway, and accepted the planning board’s recommendation that the school be allowed to use a 4-foot-tall split-rail fence faced with wire mesh to surround catch basins, ponds and wetlands on the school property instead of a chain link fence.

Smith and Popple abstained from voting on both resolutions

The supervisors also accepted another recommendation of the planning board in approving the Boykidz reverse subdivision. The property owners sought to combine a lot with a structure on it with an empty lot to simplify taxes.

In other business, the supervisors:

- Approved a resolution in support of a $385,200 gaming grant they are seeking to build a centralized public works building.

- Accepted a bid of $3.348 per gallon for fuel oil from Newell Fuel for the period from February through April.

- Approved a request for proposals for a boundary survey of five township properties.

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