CUMBERLAND - Tempers are flaring over a proposed charter school site in Cumberland.
What's now the site of a skate park on Broad St. will soon become the Blackstone Valley Prep School.
It's got state Representative Jim McLaughlin concerned for
the safety of the 400 incoming students because of sinkholes around that area.
"I've done multiple research... Over the past 25 years
there's been 5 documented... Actually 30 years... Cave ins."
McLaughlin has been working with state historians to gather
research on old mine shafts and tunnels located beneath the surface of the new
He's gotten in touch with some neighbors who share his
But those concerns aren't shared by the town.
"Quite frankly it's nonsense... And the nonsense needs
to stop," said Mayor Daniel McKee.
According to both the mayor and Civic Builders –
the New York
company commissioned to build the school – proper geological testing has been
done to ensure the safety of the building site.
"There's no credibility to the story, it's all
surfacing out of Representative McLaughlin's want to kill the project... and quite
frankly it's a good project," said McKee.
"I say that's bogus... Ok. Look at the documentation...
The 5 collapses that have occurred," said McLaughlin.
"It's a red herring... That's all it is," said McKee.
This argument is sure to continue as more plans are approved
by the town and the site construction begins.
Mayor McKee says he doesn't plan on doing any additional
testing on the area while Representative McLaughlin says he wants the state
involved to ensure the safety of the site.
The town plans on having the school open for its first
semester in the fall of next year.
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