A former antique car museum may see new life as a cyber school in West Penn Township.
During a supervisors' meeting Monday, Ron Madison of Rettew, the township's engineer, said that he'd reviewed a sketch plan for the proposed project. Madison said that the applicant is Commonwealth Connections Academy, which is headquartered in Harrisburg.
Commonwealth Connections Academy has submitted a permit application with the West Penn Township zoning officer for a change of use for the building, which is the former J.E. Morgan Antique Car Museum, located at the corner of Route 443 and Cold Spring Road. The school would have about 60 employees.
Students would take classes via the Internet, but would be able to schedule meetings with teachers if needed, according to the applicant's description of the project, which Madison provided after the meeting.
CCA is a tuition-free public cyber school serving students in grades K-12. Teaching center locations in Pennsylvania include Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Scranton, Williamsport and Lehighton. The West Penn Township Planning Commission will review the sketch plan at 7 p.m. Dec. 17.
On the advice of Police Chief Brian Johnson, the supervisors signed a mutual aid agreement with the Tama
qua Police Department. Johnson said that the two departments had always assisted each other; however, during a discussion with Tamaqua's Chief Weaver, both realized that both departments lacked documentation for the agreement.
The supervisors expressed concern over a new requirement from the township's liability insurance carrier, PIRMA, or Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Risk Management Association. PIRMA is requesting that each volunteer firefighter receive the three-shot series vaccination for Hepatitis B. Being inoculated against Hepatitis B is recommended for health care and emergency care workers because of the increased chance of their exposure to blood. PIRMA is also requiring that each firefighter get a yearly physical evaluation.
The supervisors expressed concern about the possible cost to the township, with the shot series alone estimated to cost about $75. The supervisors tabled taking action and will research the matter more thoroughly via the township solicitor and representatives from the fire department.
Colleen Hoppes complained about the rocks dislodged and left on the road when the township crew grades roads in her area. Hoppes said that after grading, large rocks are left behind on Rabbit Run and Beagle Run roads.
To prove her case, she brought a five-gallon bucket of rocks to the meeting, and presented one to each supervisor. The supervisors directed her to roadmaster Ted Bogash, who said he would follow through and resolve the issue.