The Wood Township Supervisors Wednesday evening set in motion plans for a special public meeting during which input will be sought regarding the future use of the retired Robertsdale Elementary School. The topic highlighted the monthly meeting of the municipality held in the township building in Robertsdale.
Supervisors Bill Black, Tom Love and chairman Kirby Lockard discussed continuing planning for the utilization of the former school which is being eyed for a senior housing project. The supervisors are working closely with the Center for Community Action (CCA) in the pursuit of funding to help finance the proposed multi-phase senior housing project.
Following up on recommendations from CCA officials, the supervisors agreed that a committee needs to be shaped to help guide the future use of the large, one-story structure which was transferred to the township over a year ago by the Tussey Mountain School District.
Currently, the township is looking into the services of a developer with hopes of attracting more interest in the proposed senior housing project. The supervisors also reported that they plan to meet with a potential developer who has expressed an interest in both the Robertsdale and neighboring Defiance Elementary Schools. The Defiance building is also being eyed as a candidate for a senior housing project by the Broad Top Township Supervisors.
The Wood Township Supervisors said that preliminary plans call for holding a public meeting in the RW&BT Firehall in Robertsdale in the coming weeks. An announcement about the meeting will be made once the township secures a meeting date from the fire company. The session is expected to take place on a Sunday afternoon when more people would be available to attend the meeting.
Also, under Robertsdale Elementary School matters the supervisors agreed to donate three computer/training desks to the CCA.
It was also announced that the supervisors will be conducting an inventory of equipment and office furniture located in the elementary school in preparation for an upcoming auction.
Turning to other matters the supervisors welcomed newly appointed township tax collector Darlene Coy of Robertsdale to the meeting.
Coy, who was appointed to the position at the township’s Jan. 9 meeting, announced that she is in the process of assuming the tax collector duties, noting that the tax office will continue to be open the last two Saturdays of the month, 9-11 a.m.
The supervisors unanimously appointed Coy to the position left vacant by the resignation of Doris Jean Rourke, Robertsdale, who stepped down because of “health reasons.”
Coy reported that her sister, Donna Wright of Robertsdale, will be serving as deputy tax collector.
In related action, the supervisors approved the purchase and installation of software for use in a computer Coy will be using to perform her duties.
In other matters the supervisors agreed to:
— investigate state Dirt & Gravel Road Program funding to help finance proposed tile replacement work in Robertsdale and Wood.
— announced that this year’s township Bulky Waste Days will be held Saturday morning, May 4, and Saturday morning, Oct. 5.
— announced that that public use of the Robertsdale Elementary School gymnasium will not be permitted at this time due to insurance concerns, but stressed that it’s possible that the supervisors may re-visit the matter later, once a public meeting is conducted and more details about the future use of the building is considered.
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