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Waynesboro OKs school board plan to replace debris pile with athletic field

March 22, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A Waynesboro Area School Board plan to eliminate a debris pile and put an athletic field in its place received approval this week.

The Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday unanimously approved the school district’s grading plan for an area between the town’s middle and high schools.

A building project at Waynesboro Area Senior High School from 2007 to 2010 resulted in a pile of discarded concrete slabs, steel rods and rock there.

Now, the school board is attempting to eliminate the pile.

“The school district wishes to fill that area in and use it as an additional practice field. It will be seeded,” Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs said Wednesday.

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The Waynesboro Planning Commission recommended that the council approve the plan, he said.

The project will not create additional impervious area, so stormwater should not be an issue, Grubbs said.

Safeguards will be put in place to protect a nearby stream during construction, he said.

Because that area off East Second Street previously had a tennis court, the new use will actually be better for stormwater runoff, Grubbs said.

The school board already authorized advertising the project for bidders pending the borough council’s approval.

School board President Ed Wilson said in January that the area will be about 11 feet high with a slope appropriate for mowing. School officials hope the spot receives topsoil and seed before summer.

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

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