New Elementary School Goes Ahead Unopposed
WESTFALL — There were no public comments or questions at the Public Hearing for the proposed Delaware Valley Elementary School last Thursday, Nov. 13. The last schools built by the Delaware Valley School District were Shohola Elementary in 1993 and Dingman-Delaware Elementary in 1999. The current Delaware Valley Elementary School was built in 1956 as a high school and the school district says it requires “significant renovation.”
The District-wide facility study evaluated four options including renovations and land purchases. The current plan involves the acquisition of the “Wiese” property near Airport Park in Matamoras and the demolition of the current DV elementary school to make room for more parking and additional training space.
Don Flynn of Burkavage Design Associates presented elevations, site plans, and floor plans at the Hearing. The site has two separate loading areas for buses and cars, and three athletic fields. There are also several infiltration sites for rainwater, and Flynn said they are planning to have the building meet LEED Silver prerequisites. Along with south facing windows with maximum natural light infiltration, the lights will have sensors to dim when there is sufficient day lighting, allowing the school district to save on energy costs.
Constructing a LEED Silver building will also increase the reimbursements the school district can receive.
The total project cost is estimated to be $25,073,571, with building cost estimated at $17,076,501, lower than the threshold for referendum. Melissa Hughes, a financial adviser for the school district with Public Financial Management, Inc. presented several financial options to fund the project... for complete story, get this week's issue.
Letter To His Parents Results In
Terrorism Charges Against Frein
HAWLEY — New charges of terrorism were filed against accused trooper killer Eric Frein during a court hearing last week, based on references to “assassination” and “revolution.”
Based on statements he allegedly made to state troopers immediately after his capture on Oct. 30 and a letter to his parents found when a search warrant was issued for a computer thumb drive seized from the airplane hangar where he was captured, Frein was charged with two counts of terrorism, one for allegedly committing “a violent offense intending to influence the policy of government by intimidation or coercion” and another for allegedly committing “a violent offense intending to affect the conduct of government.”
The underlying acts were the shootings of two state troopers: Cpl. Bryon Dickson, who was killed outside the Blooming Grove barracks on Sept. 12, and Trooper Alex Douglass, who is still recuperating from the attack. Frein is charged with first-degree murder and criminal homicide and attempted criminal homicide of law enforcement officers in the shootings. According to an affidavit filed by Cpl. Benjamin Clark and Trooper Michael Mulvey, who interviewed Frein at the Blooming Grove station on Oct. 30 and 31:
“Prior to the interview Clark read the defendant [Frein] his Miranda rights and the defendant acknowledged them and agreed to cooperate with Clark and Mulvey, … relating the following:
“He wanted to make a change (in government) and that voting was insufficient to do so, because there was no one worth voting for. He also noted that he shot troopers because he wanted to make a change (in government) and that the murder of the trooper was an assassination. The defendant further acknowledged taking action … to wake people up, because it was all he could do... for complete story, get this week's issue.
Manhunt Cost $7 Million In Overtime
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania State Police and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security last week released a tabulation of the expenses incurred with the Frein manhunt in Pike/Monroe Counties. It included almost $7 million in overtime costs and total personnel costs of almost $10.5 million.
Provided by Maria A. Finn, press secretary of the Office of the State Police Commissioner and Homeland Security Advisor, the tabulation of expenses is as follows:
• Salaries: $657,468.81
• Wages: $257.25
• Overtime: $6,890,864.35
• Benefits: $2,778,618.87
• Other Employee Paid Benefits: $148,707.28
• Personnel Services: $10,475,916.56
Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau (PMVB) along with state and local agencies will host the Pocono Region Business Recovery Fair at Skytop Lodge from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19.
The fair will provide information and assist businesses that were negatively impacted by the recent two-month manhunt across the region.
Fire Marshal Investigating Second Conashaugh Blaze
DUNMORE — The state police Fire Marshal Unit at Dunmore is investigating a fire that destroyed a home and all of its contents on Seneca Drive in the Conashaugh Lakes Community Association (CLCA) on Nov. 11. Neighbors discovered 151 Seneca Drive, owned by the Davila Family of Jamaica, N.Y., fully involved with fire at 7:47 a.m. last Tuesday. This was the second fire at a vacant home on Seneca Drive in a little more than a week. On Nov. 3, a fire at 157 Seneca Drive heavily damaged the second floor of a home owned by Elmer Norman, who had not moved into the house yet.
Conashaugh Lakes Community Association (CLCA) Administrator Jeanne Calabrese said the day of the fire was the Veterans Day holiday and a quiet morning with little traffic since there was no school and no school bus traffic of parents driving their children to the bus stop area in the front parking lot by Route 739. Calabrese said two passersby had informed maintenance personnel about the fire. When Calabrese arrived at the scene, she said it was fully involved, and falling debris and wires had ignited dry leaves on the ground. Maintenance personnel were using fire extinguishers to wet down burning leaves to protect neighboring properties while firefighters put out the house fire.
Dingman Township Fire Chief Bill Mikulak said firefighters rolled into a fully involved house fire. He said the house was vacant at the time of the fire and believed it was recently purchased and showed signs of renovations being done... for complete story, get this week's issue.