Jun 16, 2020

Storm Water Settlement for Pennsylvania School Moves Forward

Palmer Township informed district officials it would not accept a storm water plan using existing infrastructure

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A new Palmer Elementary School in Pennsylvania could be ready for fall 2023.

Easton Area School District officials signed the project in 2016, planning for it to be open in the fall. The school would replace a building dating back to the 1950s. 

These plans changed in November 2017 when Palmer Township informed district officials it would not accept a storm water plan using existing infrastructure, according to the Morning Call.

The township approved a storm water plan that called for running a pipe through nearby landowner Eric Adams’ property, which would discharge and cause flooding, according to Adams. Adams and his wife refused to sell the easement and appealed the township’s approval of the plan in court, reported the Morning Call.

Since then, a settlement agreement was called for the Adams to drop their appeal and the township to approve a district storm water plan, which increases how much water stays on the site. The plan keeps in place a bubbler that allows water coming off the school property to flow into the Hay Terrace neighborhood, which causes problems, reported the Morning Call.

“I think everybody is very happy that we’re moving forward with taking action on this settlement agreement so we can finally realize the construction of Palmer Elementary for its students, parents and community,” said school board President George Chando.

The approved system should dramatically improve the flooding problems on Hay Terrace and is designed to keep rain from a two-year storm from coming out of the bubbler, according to township supervisor Chairman Dave Colver.

The project budgeted is for about $35 million, reported the Morning Call. The school project was not to exceed about $33.6 million in the summer of 2017, however.

Adams sent a letter to the school board asking it to amend the agreement to include compensation for his legal fees, which are about $45,700 since Feb. 2018. The district did not amend the agreement.

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