SCCTC moves forward with fourth home

BY PAT FARNELLI

The Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center’s reorganization meeting was held Thursday after a school board dinner and an executive session.

Anne Teel was re-elected as board president, and Matt Curley as vice president.

Jack Sible representing Auburn Township, attended for his first meeting since the election.

The board approved not raising taxes above the index rate, which for Elk Lake is 2.9 percent.

Superintendent Bill Bush requested the board’s permission to post an associate position to fill a vacancy on the staff; and Colin Burton was hired for the third shift maintenance position.

Permission was granted by the board to hire several staff members, including a welding instructor and four LPN supervisors. Interviews have been conducted.

The sewer permit contract for the new student-built house project #4 was approved for $3,650. Gary Fenton said that the soil services company who did the alternative sewer system for the last house is handling the contract.

The ground did not perc, so an alternative system is needed again, and an Elgin Geotextile System was selected. Fenton said that the EPA will soon be considering this system a conventional one soon.

“Any land with less than 20 inches of good soil has to use an alternative system,” he said.

The Geotextile system is 4 foot by 100 foot, with two feet of sand, then the proprietary filtering product plus fabric, plus more sand, and contains a 100 foot long pipe.

The system costs 30 percent more than a sand mound because of the proprietary filtering products, he explained.

It will be necessary to pay $1,800 before the system can be permitted. Four years ago, the system installed on house #3 cost $3,200.

Fenton explained there are three tanks instead of one for overflow, so that if the washer and dishwasher are in use and everyone in the house takes a shower in the morning, it will not flood the ground or the 1,000 gallon system. “This doses on a timer, not when the pump is full,” he said.

The system has a three year maintenance contract with the EPA, and will be tested every six months.