Planning commission grants prelimianry approval to school addition

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WAYNESBURG – Greene County Planning Commission granted preliminary approval Monday to plans by West Greene School District for the elementary school addition to the middle-senior high school.


The district has been planning the new elementary center for more than a year. The three-story addition will be constructed at the south end of the middle-senior high and will be used to consolidate all grades at one campus.


The district plans to bid the $15 million project early this year, which would allow work to begin this summer.


The district asked for and received one modification for the project that involved the parking lot. The district plans a new parking lot with 37 spaces each set at a 45 degree angle. The commission’s planning ordinance requires the spaces each be 9 feet wide and 20 feet long with a 13-foot-wide aisle.


The district proposed spaces 9 feet wide and 18 feet long with a 15-foot-wide aisle.


Richard Rush, an engineer representing the district, explained the district had to tighten up the size of the lot to minimize the project’s disturbances to nearby Hargus Creek.


Before the project can receive final approval, a number of requirements must be met, including approval by the state Department of Environmental Protection, receipt of highway occupancy permits and submission of an approved stormwater management plan.


In other business, county planner Jeremy Kelly reported an issue has been resolved regarding a sewage tap for a proposed new Sheetz store at the site of the existing Sheetz store on Route 21 in Cumberland Township.


The company plans to build a new store at the site and was concerned about the availability of a sewage tap. The state placed a moratorium on new taps on the Carmichaels-Cumberland Joint Sewage Authority last year because the authority’s plant exceeded its average daily flows several months in 2011.


However, Kelly reported a tap will be available for the new store because of the demolition of a house on Route 88 behind the Sheetz property.


The commission reorganized. Brent Burnett was elected chairman; John Kendralla vice chairman and Suzanne Swinchock secretary.


The commission will continue to meet at 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month, except in September, when it will meet Sept. 9; and December, when it will meet Dec. 9.


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