Borough building opponent looking for ally in MCASD
MOUNT CARMEL - One of the outspoken opponents of the plan to build a new borough building in Kulpmont is looking for an ally in the Mount Carmel Area School District.
Walter Lutz spoke during the public comment period of the school board's meeting Thursday about the fate of the former Wilson Grade School if the borough constructs a new building.
According to an agreement reached when the building was given to Kulpmont in 1977, if the borough fails to use it for municipal purposes, it will revert back to the school district.
Lutz said he doesn't believe residents districtwide should bear the burden "for Kulpmont not doing the upkeep on the building."
Solicitor Ed Greco said that he sent a letter to the borough saying that the district was willing to remove the revert clause if the borough wanted to keep the building, The borough hasn't yet responded, he said.
Board member Tony Mazzatesta asked Lutz if he had any solutions, and Lutz said the board should push Kulpmont for an answer. Lutz said he's in the process of forming a challenge with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the $1.47 million loan approval Kulpmont Borough has received.
"The application that was submitted needs some work," Lutz told the board, "so that might be knocked down."
In other action at the meeting, the board:
- Approved use of district facilities by the Mount Carmel Celebration of Special Athletes and the Sharks Summer Swim Team.
- Accepted the resignations of head wrestling coach Randy Reidler and assistant boys basketball coach Steven Lapotsky.
- Hired Tammy Michaels as a elementary basketball coordinator at a salary of $900; Kevin Wagner as assistant boys varsity soccer coach at a salary of $1,700, and Andrew Yarch as a math tutor at a $1,000 stipend.
- Approved a resolution that opposes restricting federal medical assistance reimbursement, and an agreement with the Capital Area IU for Barracuda computer backup service for approximately $600 a year.