New daycare center nixed, at least for now

Supes also hear update on bridge work, lightning strike

A committee looking at opening a satellite location of the Greene County Early Learning Center in Scranton is “regrouping” before deciding how to proceed.

County supervisor Dawn Rudolph, a member of the committee that was exploring using the former Scranton congregate meal site for a daycare center, told the board of supervisors Monday that about 20 surveys were returned of those sent out to Scranton residents and employees of Scranton Manufacturing.

Most of the respondents said they didn’t want to pay the childcare rates required to keep a center open, according to Rudolph.

A shortage of childcare has been cited as a deterrent to job growth in the county in recent years.

Also at the meeting, county engineer Wade Weiss reported that design work has begun on a new bridge on County Road E-18 east of the old brick schoolhouse at the intersection of County Road P-29 in Dawson Township. That bridge is in the construction schedule for the summer of 2018.

Weiss said he expects work to begin on the bridge on County Road E-57 west of K Ave in Greenbrier Township to start late next week.

 

The E-57 will be the third bridge project in 2016. The bridge over the Raccoon River on County Road N-65 in Kendrick Township is nearly finished.

The work of driving pilings for the bridge on County Road E-39 near Ralston was slowed a bit when the works struck boulders, Weiss said, but they’re making progress.

Greene County sheriff Jack Williams reported that lightning had struck the radio tower on the law enforcement center during the early morning Monday. He said computer equipment was damaged enough that he planned to file an insurance claim, but no communications equipment was damaged.

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