School board opposes waste-to-energy plant

The Muncy School Board voted 7-1 on Monday to adopt a resolution stating the board wishes to publicly oppose the waste-to-energy plant.

The plant, which has been proposed by Delta Thermo Energy Inc., is to be located at 100 Sherman St.

“The property is located within a few blocks from Muncy Junior-Senior High School,” said Superintendent Dr. Craig Skaluba.

Skaluba said Delta Thermo Energy has submitted a zoning application with the borough of Muncy.

“After investigation and research by the administration, the board has determined that there are compelling issues with the Delta Thermo project that threaten the health, safety and welfare of district students,” Skaluba said.

“It is the duty of the administration and the board of directors to make decisions that are in the best interest of its students,” Skaluba said.

The board voted in opposition of the plant.

“The board has determined that it is in the best interest of the students to publicly oppose the Delta Thermo project and the zoning application submitted to the borough of Muncy due to the risk to the health, safety and welfare of district students,” Skaluba said.

Skaluba said the plant is not in the school district’s best interest.

“Basically, the school district is responsible for creating a safe, positive learning environment for all students,” Skaluba said. “We think opposing … is what we have to do to ensure that we have a safe, positive learning environment for all students.”

Board member Robert Titman abstained from voting on the resolution.

“Even though we’ve argued vehemently at times or disagreed amongst ourselves, we’ve always gotten information from both sides,” Titman said.

He said he did not know enough information on the issue.

“I have not heard anything from the ownership side of this. For us to get involved in a resolution, to me, we’re not doing our due diligence,” Titman said.

He said he thought the decision was premature.

“For us to get involved in a borough matter, while it could be a student safety issue, we don’t know exactly what all they’re doing,” he said.

No one spoke during public comment.

In the legal meeting announcements in Monday’s edition of the Sun-Gazette, it was listed that a Muncy town hall meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at 100 Sherman St.

All residents of Muncy can attend to meet with Rob Van Naarden, CEO of Delta Thermo Energy Inc., and to discuss the proposed waste-to-energy facility.

Present at the meeting Monday were Mary Bennardi, Connie Coyner, Ty Fry, Scott McLean, Rhondel Moyle, Justin Reis, Lisa Sleboda and Titman. Sarah Woodward arrived late.

The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 21.