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Issue 8 — Thursday, September 22, 2016
DVSB Moving Forward
With Vo-Tech Renovation

WESTFALL — Delaware Valley School District’s plans for revamping its Career and Technical Education (CTE) section of its high school were moved forward after the school board voted to redo some paperwork. In an uncommon move, the board voted unanimously to rescind approval of an April 21 motion. That motion called for Burkavage Design Association Architects LLC to develop construction documents for the CTE additions and renovations. The approval included testing and site development not to exceed $100,000 without further approval.

The board then put forth two motions, one covering the CTE project under the same terms and the other motion to include for permitting purposes only a 4,000-square-foot maintenance-building project to begin at a later date. Although the latter motion separates the projects, it says both projects on the school campus are covered by the same state Department of Environmental Protection permit application. The joint project could cost $10 million, according to preliminary estimates.

District business manager Bill Hessling explained afterward having the two projects under separate DEP permits would cost more and could take longer for separate approvals. The approvals of the motions allow testing to begin before the grounds are hardened by the colder weather. District superintendent John Bell said the CTE facility had not been altered since it was opened in 1978. Both motions passed by 7-1 votes, with board member Jack O’Leary dissenting “with great reluctance.”

O’Leary pointed out that he would have voted in favor of the motions a week earlier until he learned that the new Delaware Valley Elementary could be delayed getting a final certificate of occupancy, which he said affects his vote. The elementary school currently is opened under a temporary CO issued in August that expires Oct. 15, according to Matamoras zoning officer Bob Fitch. The deadline could be extended, Fitch said.

“A week ago I would’ve voted in favor of it but not now.” O’Leary said of the motions... for complete story, get this week's paper.

Traumatized Woman
Who Helped Trooper
Sues Frein, His Parents

MILFORD — The civilian employee who came to the aid of two state troopers shot outside the Blooming Grove barracks two years ago has sued suspect Eric Frein, saying his actions inflicted emotional distress that has affected her employment and quality of life. Nicole Palmer, of Dunmore, also filed notice of intent to sue Frein’s parents, Eugene Michael Frein and Deborah Frein, of Canadensis, alleging tort negligence.

In the suit against Eric Frein filed in Pike County Court on Sept. 8, Palmer says she still suffers from nightmares and has required medical and psychiatric care due to Frein’s actions. She describes working as a civilian communications officer on the night of Sept. 12, 2014 in the front of the barracks, hearing a shot and seeing Cpl. Bryon Dickson lying on the ground in front of the glass barracks doors.

She came out from behind her desk and rushed toward Dickson, then heard another shot and saw debris fly from the glass lobby doors and the floor of the lobby she was crossing. She described opening the lobby doors and seeing Dickson lying on his back, pale and immobile. Unable to speak, he mouthed, “Help me.” A moment later he whispered, “I’ve been shot.” While still in harm’s way, she tried in vain to get help from inside the barracks then returned to try to move Dickson inside.

Later, while “still in the zone of danger,” according to the complaint filed with the suit by law firm Dempsey & Gallacher, she observed a second trooper approach Dickson, heard a gunshot and saw Trooper Alex Douglass fall to the ground, seriously wounded... for complete story, get this week's issue.

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Roebling Bridge Crossers Briefed On Detour Schedule

LACKAWAXEN — The Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River (UDSRR) briefed the public on a proposed $1.3 million Roebling Bridge maintenance project requiring temporary bridge closure and road detour. Lackawaxen Township hosted a UDSRR informational meeting at their township building on Urban Road last week. At that meeting, experts answered questions asked by attendees, including residents in the area, municipal officials from Shohola Township and Lackawaxen Township. UDSRR is a branch of the National Park Service. UDSRR Superintendent Kristina Heister coordinated the event and introduced the following persons who were on hand to answer questions:

• UDSRR Chief of Maintenance Loren Goering;
• USDRR Park Ranger Carla Hahn, part of the USDRR management team;
• USDRR Cultural Resources specialist Lauren Hauptman;
• Federal Highway Administration Project Engineer Helson Roman-Soto;
• The general contractor GBS’s Project Superintendent Jonathan Paken;
• QBS subcontractor Clearwater Construction representatives.

Hahn explained that since Delaware Roebling Aqueduct (the formal designation for the bridge) is a federal highway, the FHA oversees highway and bridge maintenance and engineering projects. Hahn said that she spoke with Lackawaxen Supervisor Chairman Mike Mancino and about a dozen area residents. Mancino said that he was glad the NPS was putting money into the bridge upgrade, but was unhappy about the inconvenience to area residents of the NPS proposing to close the span four days a week. UDSRR proposes to close the bridge from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday through Thursday from Oct 3 to Nov. 8, but it would be open on weekends.

The detour on the Pennsylvania side, which would mainly affect Lackawaxen and Shohola residents, would be to use Lackawaxen Road to go to the Shohola-Barryville Bridge. Two thirds of the road is in Shohola and one third in Lackawaxen. For Lackawaxen or Shohola residents, commuters, or travelers who would normally use the Roebling Bridge to go to the New York side of the Delaware River to Route 97, the detour to get to the Barryville Bridge adds 10 to 20 minutes, according to Shohola Township Supervisor George C. Fluhr. The detour for New York residents is to go to Route 97 or local roads to the Barryville Bridge. They would cross over the bridge to Route 434 in Shohola Township, go to Lackawaxen Road, and then take Lackawaxen Road into Lackawaxen. Lackawaxen Township supervisor Albie Beisel said that he knows many residents from the New York side who bring kids over to be cared for by Lackawaxen residents.

Also, Beisel said that many Lackawaxen residents commute over the bridge. He said that he has requested that UDSRR open the bridge for three hours in the morning and three hours in the evening to accommodate commuters. Fluhr said that since Lackawaxen Road was recently repaved, he and his fellow Shohola supervisors Greg Hoeper and Keith Raser are concerned that the newly paved road might encourage first time people new to Lackawaxen Road, who are taking the road as a detour, to speed to make for the delay. According to Fluhr, new road users might be unaware of the severe curves on the road... for complete story, get this week's paper.

 

 

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