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East Third Street extension controversy resurrected

School board members disagree with paving specifications

September 21, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Controversy about an extension of East Third Street resurrected Tuesday when some Waynesboro Area School Board members said they didn't agree with the specifications for the road's construction.

Board President Ed Wilson said an inch of base and 2 inches of topcoat are too much for a road that should be built to parking lot standards. The road will be extended to the back of Waynesboro Area Senior High School, and officials say it will mostly serve as a driveway.

The board said it would not pave the road to a greater degree than any other parking lot, board member Leland Lemley said.

"I was very specific in what I'd agree to," he said.

The road extension has been a source of tension since the high school renovations were under way. The Waynesboro Borough Council said the extension was shown on land-development plans, and threatened to withhold an occupancy permit if the paving wasn't done.

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The school board and borough council entered into a 99-year, $1 lease late last year for the borough's right of way.

On Tuesday, Superintendent James Robertson said school administrators were prepared to seek construction bids for the project.

"If we put it out for bid, we can get it done before winter," he said.

However, school board members started to question the specifications to which the road will be paved. Solicitor James Flower said the specifications are contained within the lease agreement reviewed by the former maintenance supervisor and signed by the board.

"I think we need to table (this matter) until we read the lease," board member Firmadge Crutchfield said.

The board delayed further discussion.

It later decided to make changes to the high school's "D" wing to accommodate classes taught by Manito alternative education. Those classes will be moved to the high school from a Manito facility.

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