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Friends of Animals gets approval to buy building

Published April 05. 2014 09:00AM

Carbon County Friends of Animals may soon have a new home.

On Friday, the Carbon County Area Vocational Technical School Authority voted 3-0 to award the bid for the sale of the Carbon Career & Technical Institute adult education building at 77 W. 13th St., Jim Thorpe, to CCFOA. The nonprofit organization submitted the sole bid for the building last week of $260,105.

Palmerton representative Thomas Schmidt was not at the meeting and Panther Valley currently has no voting member on the board due to the resignation of Wayne Fritzinger.

The motion also included extending the closing deadline from 45 days to 90 days with that date subject to future modification. The 90-day period began Friday. This allows CCFOA to obtain the necessary zoning variance for the property, which is currently zoned residential.

Susan Yaich, a founder of CCFOA, explained that she has been working with the borough's zoning officer but noted that the group has received some resistance from area neighbors, which she hopes to speak with to answer any questions.

The money from the sale of the property will be split between the five Carbon County school districts that feed CCTI. Each district will receive a percentage based on the real estate value for that district.

The building, which formerly housed CCTI's day care and GED instruction programs was vacated Dec. 31, and the day care discontinued. The three-acre property is owned by Carbon County Area Vocational Technical School Authority.

In other matters, CCAVT reorganized.

Randall Smith will again chair the board for 2014. William Hill is vice chairman; Lee Zink is secretary/treasurer; and Thomas Schmidt will be the assistant secretary/treasurer.

The authority also voted to accept the resignation of Fritzinger and approve David Kost to fill his unexpired term, beginning July 1 through January 2018.

The group also voted to retain Cynthia S. Yurchak, Esq., as the solicitor; Christina Graver as the recording secretary and Jeffry P. Deutsch as the recording treasurer.

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