Residents speak at DASD meeting|
Thursday, December 6, 2012
By Ian Erickson Staff Writer
DUBOIS - Last night, DuBois Area School Board held its reorganizational meeting and heard from concerned residents about the proposed injection well on Highland Street Extension.
During the board's reorganization, Thomas Repine was re-elected president. Repine said, "One thing I want to improve is communication. We need to do that, and that's going to be a goal."
Also, Scott Farrell was re-elected vice president; Beverly Kurts, Pennsylvania School Board Association representative; and Lloyd McCreight, PSBA legislative chairman.
There were also two Jefferson County-DuBois Area Vocational Technical School representative positions that needed to be voted in. The first was for the remainder of a three-year term expiring December 2013, which is to replace Melissa Mowery. Farrell was elected to fill this position.
The second was for a three-year term expiring December 2015. McCreight was nominated, and Roland Bechtel nominated Patty Fish (current alternate until December 2014) but the nomination failed because no one seconded. This resulted in McCreight being elected.
McCreight said he appreciated the nomination because he is still completing some work at Jeff Tech, which he is looking to continue. He noted he is helping plan a new program and hopes to have it going next fall.
In response to the Jeff Tech positions, Repine said, "I'd like to every month or every other month get a report back on what's going on down at Jeff Tech." He added that he wants everyone to be more informed.
During public comment, Darlene Marshall spoke on behalf of the Highland Street Extension residents opposing the proposed injection well. She noted she was at the meeting asking for school board representation at Monday's hearing, which is at the Brady Township Community Center at 7 p.m.
Marshall said there is $13 million worth of property in a one-mile radius, which means this involves the taxpayers. She said that concerns of the residents include coal mining in the area and the deep gas wells.
She said that during the hearing, residents' concerns will be heard about underground sources of water and numerous private water wells.
Following Marshall, another resident also voiced their displeasure with the proposed well. She mentioned that the well could lead to more truck traffic and longer hours of heavy traffic.
Repine asked Sam Kirk Jr., business manager, if the injection well was like a business and something they could tax. Kirk said, if the well has any type of infrastructure, and permits, they could assess that and tax it. He said that he is not sure what the well would entail.
Repine told the residents he will be attending the hearing.
The board approved the following dates for 2013 work sessions, which are at 7 p.m.: Jan. 17 (5 p.m.), Feb. 21, March 21, April 18, May 9, June 13, Aug. 15, Sept. 19 and Oct. 17. Board members also approved the following regular meetings, which are also at 7 p.m.: Dec. 12, 2012, Jan. 23, Feb. 27, March 27, April 24, May 15, June 19, July 24, Aug. 21, Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 20 and Dec. 4 (reorganization).
Repine told the board members he would like to begin putting two people in each board committee, a chairperson and another member.
He also suggested having more committee meetings this year, and noted there are upcoming transportation issues that will have to be discussed.
DuBois Area School Board's next meeting is Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at the administrative building.