The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 26, 2014

Builder’s threat brings district’s debt to $546G

MANDATA — A new threat of legal action from a Northumberland contractor has the Line Mountain School District facing more than $500,000 in outstanding bills.

Robert Feaster Corp. claims it is owed about $263,000 in payments related to Line Mountain’s latest construction project, district solicitor Rich Roberts said.

A lawsuit has not yet been filed, but the company is threatening legal action if mediation fails, Roberts said.

Line Mountain directors voted Tuesday night to retain McNees, Wallace & Nurick, of Harrisburg, to represent the district as the issue moves forward.

Leck Kill and Dalmatia elementary schools were closed before the 2013-14 school year, and students in kindergarten through fourth grade were sent to Trevorton Elementary, where an addition was built. Students in fifth and sixth grades were sent to the junior-senior high school, where a middle school addition was built.

Line Mountain is in the midst of two other legal battles totaling nearly $300,000,

The district missed a Sunday deadline to pay a $143,453 bill, including interest, to the Lower Mahanoy Township Municipal Authority for the February cleanup of 1,250 gallons of heating oil.

The fuel leaked from the former Dalmatia Elementary into the authority’s wastewater treatment plant in February.

Additionally, the attorneys for Brian and Angie Beattie, who successfully sued Line Mountain to allow their daughter, Audriana, to join the all-male junior high wrestling team, are demanding the district pay $140,682 in attorney fees.

Line Mountain and the Beatties are still waiting on U.S. District Judge Matthew W. Brann to rule on the attorney fees for the wrestling case.

The last paperwork filed in federal court was April 2, when Brann signed an order allowing Audriana and other female wrestlers to participate in the sport of their choosing regardless of their gender.

If the district ends up being responsible for the three outstanding bills, it will cost $546,682.

No one at Robert Feaster was available for comment Wednesday.

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