Aston Commissioner Mark Osborn presented resident Patti Hollenback, RN with a proclamation declaring March as Colorectal Cancer Month. Loretta Rodgers photo

By LorettaRodgers

Aston commissioners, during a recent meeting, approved a final land development plan submitted by the Penn-Delco School District for a construction, reconfiguration and expansion project at Northley Middle School.

Plans call for construction of three additions that include a two-story addition off the back of the school with four classrooms on each floor. The other two additions include enlargement of the office suite and construction of a small activities room adjacent to the swimming pool.

Other improvements include expansion of the parking area, installation of a sprinkler system throughout the building, relocation of site utilities, the installation of a geothermal field, and removal of a portion of impervious area from the site.

Parking reconfiguration includes the removal of spaces at the front of the building and relocation to other areas. Overall parking will be reduced by one space. All stormwater issues will be addressed and the relocation of a 48-inch storm line will be accomplished by routing it around the classroom addition.

Commissioner Mark Osborn proclaimed March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and township resident Patti Hollenback, RN, a nurse navigator with the Crozer-Keystone Health System, whose husband, Harry, died from the disease, accepted the proclamation.

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second most common cause of cancer deaths in the United States. The incidence of colorectal cancer in Delaware County is higher than the national average. Both the incidence and mortality rates of this cancer in the county are the fourth highest in the state.

This year, more than 50,000 people are expected to die from the disease that is 90 percent curable if detected in its early stages.

“During March we observe colorectal cancer awareness which provides a special opportunity for education on the importance of early detection and screening,” said Osborn.

In other matters, commissioners recognized last month’s National Engineers Week and presented a proclamation to township engineer Joseph Viscuso.

Commissioners accepted the resignation of longtime building code official Ralph Maiden who will remain in a position with the code enforcement office and help with the transition of the department.

In a related motion, Pennoni Associates was appointed the township’s building code official. In addition, the rate schedule for plan review and inspection services that will be performed by Pennoni was approved.

The $12,505 bid for LED traffic light conversion was awarded to Charles Higgins & Sons, Inc. contingent upon the supply of required bonds and insurance.

Commissioners also approved a $17,000 contract with Starfire Corporation for the township’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display, and unanimously re-appointed Thomas Flanagan to a five-year term on the Southwest Delaware County Municipal Authority Board of Directors. Other re-appointments include: Edward Finn to a four-year term on the Planning Commission; and Arthur Berkau and Raymond Church to five-year terms on the Zoning Hearing Board.

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