Coal Township buys Ranshaw school, with an eye to demolishing it
COAL TOWNSHIP - Coal Township Board of Commissioners acted Thursday to begin the process for eliminating a Ranshaw eyesore.
During their regular monthly meeting, the board approved spending $1 to purchase the former St. Anthony's Parochial School, on Webster
Street, from the county repository.
"We think this will be a good move to help the people of Ranshaw get rid of this problem," chairman Craig Fetterman explained. "We are going to try to have it torn down for as little money as possible."
The property has been a code issue for Coal Township for the past decade as past owner Ricky Walter, of Shamokin, failed to maintain the structure. Last year, the first and second floor ceilings collapsed inside. In January 2013, Walter pleaded guilty to three summary counts of hazardous structure and one summary count each of dilapidation of property and faulty weather protection. He was fined $1,000 for the offenses.
While the bid for the building was only $1, with costs and fees, the total amount paid by the township was $118.50. It was one of three properties Coal Township purchased from the county repository, the others being 1600-1602 Pulaski Avenue and 12 S. Poplar St., which were purchased for $500 each.
Two other township properties were sold at the repository sale, properties at 110, and a double home at 112-114 S. First Street, purchased by Veronika C. Grunebert for a total cost of $2,000.
Later in the meeting, commissioners voted to advertise for bids for the demolition of 12 S. Poplar St. using Keystone Grant funds. In order to do that, commissioners approved a resolution allowing the township to use 2013 Community Development Block Grant money in Coal Township's west end.
In other business:
- Fetterman reported that the township's recycling center had a record amount of collections in August, processing 268,072 pounds of material. The township reminded residents that yard waste pickup will be from Sept. 29 to Oct. 10 and all items need to be in paper recycling bags. The bags can be purchased at any local hardware store.
The board also approved the hiring of Todd Heitzman as a part-time laborer/attendant at the recycling center at a starting rate of $8.93 per hour with no benefits. Fetterman said Heitzman will be a replacement for another worker that is no longer employed there, and not an additional hire.
All motions were approved on unanimous motions by commissioners Fetterman, Paul Leshinskie, George Zalar, Gene Welsh and Bernie Rumberger.