Conoy Township supervisors have approved an escrow agreement with the Elizabethtown Area School District that is needed for renovations to begin at Bainbridge Elementary School.
Supervisors signed off on the agreement the evening of Thursday, June 8, hours after the school year ended for students. The building was to remain open on Friday, June 9, so teachers could finish packing up their classrooms, but construction was about to begin right after that. However, it could not start until an escrow account was set up at a bank, and that could not happen without an agreement voted on by township supervisors. The school is to be closed for renovations throughout the 2017-18 school year.
In other business, R. Steven Dellinger, an engineer with Hanover Engineering, said he is making progress on getting the township a waiver from the state Department of Environmental Protection for a mandate to reduce sediment going into tributaries of the Susquehanna River. He said his firm would need about $2,500 to prepare the final waiver application, which is due by Sept. 16. Supervisors unanimously agreed to approve the expense, which is far cheaper than complying with the mandate.
Also, Supervisors Chairman Stephen L. Mohr said he was surprised that he was the only person from Lancaster County to be present at a recent news conference of local officials opposed to closing the Three Mile Island nuclear plant. Mohr said he is concerned that a reliance on cheap natural gas-generated electricity will be a problem if something disrupts the gas supply.