Township Moves Ensure High School Project On Track

SANATOGA PA – Of many things that might delay the impending reconstruction of Pottsgrove High School, Lower Pottsgrove Township is determined to ensure reviewing blueprints, issuing permits and inspecting contractors’ work won’t be among them.

Township Moves Ensure High School Project On TrackThe township recently hired Joseph Groff as its new zoning and building codes enforcement officer, but he has yet to be certified for the inspection of commercial buildings, Manager Ed Wagner said. That’s prompted the Board of Commissioners to authorize two interim appointments, specifically with its eye on the Pottsgrove School District’s high school project schedule.

During their meeting Thursday (June 5, 2014), commissioners agreed to hire a Morgantown PA-based engineering consultant firm, Technicon Enterprises Inc., to perform commercial plumbing, mechanical, energy and accessibility inspections at a rate of $65 hourly. And in a brief, five-minute meeting held May 30 (Friday) at 8 a.m., they also approved hiring Pennoni Associates of King of Prussia PA to handle the township’s commercial permit work at a cost of $78 hourly.

The district Board of School Directors expects work to begin within only weeks on a three-year, roughly $30 million renovation of the high school. It will add new science classrooms, a new gymnasium, upgrade teaching and student facilities, improve security systems, and expand quarters for the nursing and guidance staffs.

Lower Pottsgrove has municipal jurisdiction over the project because the Kauffman Road building sits within its borders. Commissioners and the school board negotiated to cut the township’s license, permit and inspection charges in half, from $437,410 to $220,000. The total will include whatever fees the township pays to Technicon and Pennoni, Wagner said.

A ceremonial ground-breaking for the renovation has been scheduled by the district for Tuesday (June 10) at 7 p.m. at the high school’s main entrance, 1345 Kauffman Rd. Meetings of the school board and its Academic Affairs and Technology Committee meeting will follow the event.

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