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Many Concerned Over Treatment Center Plans In Exeter Twp.

June 5, 2018 GMT

EXETER TWP. — Township residents came out in force on Monday to oppose a planned drug treatment center at a former elementary school, but the board of supervisors told them the zoning hearing board is the proper venue to air their concerns.

Dozens of residents railed against the facility at the shuttered Sarah J. Dymond Elementary School and vowed to come out in even bigger numbers at the zoning board meeting on June 25.

“One reason I bought a home in the country is because I wanted to be in the country,” said Ed Gashi, 49.

The zoning board will consider an appeal from Dr. Robert Dompkosky, a Mountain Top physician who purchased the former school, on Sutton Creek Road, earlier this year.

A zoning officer previously denied his application, setting up the zoning appeal hearing.

According to published reports, Dompkosky is president of Addiction Alliance LLC, which plans to open a residential addiction treatment center at a warehouse on North River Street in Wilkes-Barre.

Dompkosky purchased the school property from Wyoming Area School District at an auction for $105,000.

The school, which closed two years ago, was built on land previously donated by the township.

“They never even offered it back to us,” said Supervisor Robert Kyle, suggesting residents remember that during the next election.

Carl Yorina, a former member of the school board who voted against closing and selling the school, apologized to the public for not doing more investigating into the plans.

He said the original idea was to open a occupational therapy and physical therapy practice in the school.

Still he said he voted against the sale because “$105,000 is an insult.”

“If I would have known it was going to be a drug rehab center, I would have brought it up at a public meeting,” Yorina said.

Kyle said the board doesn’t know much about the proposal either.

“We were shocked to find this out ourselves,” Kyle said.

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