Waynesboro school board considers options for debris pile

January 17, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Leftover rocks and other debris can be seen from the Waynesboro Area Middle School.
File photo

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Waynesboro Area School Board is seeking contractors who want to level off and seed a pile of rock and concrete off East Second Street.

The debris accumulated during the renovation and expansion of Waynesboro Area Senior High School from 2007 to 2010. District officials previously said removal of the debris wasn’t in bid specifications.

The school board’s plan for the pile between Waynesboro’s middle and high schools received approval from the Franklin County (Pa.) Soil Conservation District, school board President Edward Wilson said Tuesday.

The plan is awaiting approval from the Waynesboro Borough Council, he said.

At Tuesday’s school board meeting, the board voted unanimously to advertise the project for bidders if it receives the borough council’s OK. Board members Sherry Cline and Leland Lemley were absent from the meeting.

“We don’t have any estimation for cost,” Wilson said.

Wilson said the area will be about 11 feet high with a slope appropriate for mowing. It’ll receive top soil and seed before summer.

Board member Rita Daywalt asked that contract documents include a provision assessing a fine for each day after the contractor misses the deadline. She said that provision can make exceptions for weather issues.

“It tends to be a motivating factor if you have to pay after the deadline,” Daywalt said.

Maintenance Supervisor Dwight Needham said he anticipates having several contractors from which to choose.

“There are a lot out there waiting on jobs,” he said.

The area will be used for athletic practice fields, Wilson said.

A new gas line will be installed between Summitview Elementary School and Waynesboro Area Middle School in coming months as well. That line will serve new boilers installed in energy-savings initiatives.

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