Springdale Township revives public works department with hiring of employee
Springdale Township commissioners revived the municipality's road crew, hiring a new public works employee at Thursday night's meeting.
Rudolph Shondeck will start work shortly at the township with a $39,000 salary.
He was chosen from a pool of 43 applicants, according to township officials.
Springdale Township's former public works employee, Mike Shock, resigned in early December.
At the time, Shock said he was pushed out of his job. Township commissioners said that they would not recognize Shock's union affiliation after his labor contract expired at the end of last year.
Under state labor laws, the township has the option of whether to recognize the union affiliation of a one-man bargaining unit. Shock resigned when the township refused to negotiate a new labor contract.
That left the township without a road crew for several months. During that time, township officials handled salting the roads and other projects with temporary help.
Shondeck is the only public works employee for the township, but the commissioners said they would consider another hire if it is necessary.
Township officials decided to trim their public works department from two to one full-time worker in 2010, when they opted not to replace Phil Hans, now a township commissioner, when he retired after 30 years.
Park use OK'd
The commissioners received a request from Springdale Baseball Softball Association for use of William Street Park.
The baseball and softball association has expanded to include 11- and 12-year-old players, in addition to 9- and 10-year-old players and girls softball. The league has asked for use of William Street Park from March through the end of October in 2013.
The commissioners agreed to allow the association to use the park, contingent on a maintenance agreement.
The Springdale Baseball and Softball Association agreed to work its schedule around that of Lower Valley Little League, which also uses the park.
The association will have to add the township to its liability insurance policy.
Kate Wilcox is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Police identify Harmar man as victim in Washington Township crash
- Union to work while ATI talks continue
- Oklahoma Borough drilling, supply owner to stand trial for stealing natural gas
- Bridge dedicated to mark completion of Butler-Freeport Community Trail
- Ex-church youth leader to face trial for forcing teen girl to have sex
- ATI contract expires today; union reports no progress in negotiations
- 1 dead in Washington Township crash
- Vandergrift man accused of sexual assault
- Leechburg residents begin holiday lights campaign
- Oakmont businesses sweat out Hulton Bridge closure
- Lower Burrell man charged with raping girl