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Murrysville council will make Sloan 'elementary campus' decision Oct. 17

Patrick Varine
| Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, 10:57 p.m.
Patrick Varine | Tribune-Review
Patrick Varine | Tribune-Review

Murrysville council’s decision on the Franklin Regional School District elementary campus project will be made on Oct. 17, and council will schedule a special meeting for Oct. 10 in case its members need extra time to discuss the project.

The school district wants to consolidate its elementary students onto the Sloan campus off Sardis Road, renovating the existing school and building a new one along Crowfoot Road, with a site plan and conditional-use applications awaiting council’s decision.

The school district began planning the project in 2016.

Murrysville solicitor George Kotjarapoglus said any conditions the municipality will require of the school district need to be finalized and agreed to at council’s Oct. 3 meeting — or failing that, at the Oct. 10 special meeting — so that a written decision could be delivered when it meets Oct. 17.

Those conditions could include a request to provide a bond or some other form of security for future traffic improvements, which preliminary estimates put at nearly $3 million according to Murrysville Chief Administrator Jim Morrison. Issues like the weight limits and width of the Crowfoot Road and Sardis bridges have been called into question by council members as well as members of the public.

School officials agreed to a two-week extension on council’s final decision, which was initially due by its Oct. 3 meeting.

Attorney Robert Wratcher, representing the school district, said he would be in attendance Oct. 3 to respond to council’s conditions.

Wratcher also said the district is willing to plan a post-occupancy traffic study, ,”to look at things for real, once the project is complete, and see what may need to be addressed.”

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, pvarine@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

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