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Township sticks by today’s deadline for fee payment; county says it will act in ‘best interests of all citizens’


SARAH DESANTIS/STAFF PHOTO Workers tamp down stone in anticipation of the coming concrete pad at site of the new Northumberland County Prison Tuesday afternoon. The cement pouring is expected to take place in the next two weeks, depending on the weather, workers at the site said.

SARAH DESANTIS/STAFF PHOTO Workers tamp down stone in anticipation of the coming concrete pad at site of the new Northumberland County Prison Tuesday afternoon. The cement pouring is expected to take place in the next two weeks, depending on the weather, workers at the site said.

COAL TOWNSHIP — Coal Township Manager Robert Slaby Jr. said no payment has been made yet from Northumberland County commissioners on more than $220,000 in permit fees township commissioners claim is owed for construction of the new county prison at the former Northwestern Academy site.

Slaby said failure to pay the money by 4 p.m. today will result in a stop work order notice to the county commissioners and general contractor on Thursday morning. At that point, Slaby said all construction activities on the property must cease. If construction continues, he said township commissioners will use all legal recourse available to enforce ordinances regarding permitting of construction activities.

Slaby said to date, the township has only received $161,724 out of the total $382,525 owed in permit fees, leaving a balance of $220,801.

County Commissioner Sam Schiccatano has spearheaded the $22 million prison project that saw its location switched from Sunbury to Coal Township last year following the election of a new board of commissioners that includes incumbent Richard Shoch, Schiccatano and Kymberley Best.

On Tuesday, Schiccatano said, “We will do what’s in the best interests of all the citizens of Northumberland County.” That comment followed Friday’s response in which he said, “The remaining amount of money will be taken care of in the proper manner.”

He reserved further comment.