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Washington Township supervisor faces GOP foe in primary

| Thursday, May 9, 2013, 1:21 a.m.
Al Pawlowski Jr. candidate for Washington Township supervisor

Candidates for Washington Township supervisor disagree on whether there are more pressing issues than the nearly installed sewage system.

In the Valley's only supervisor primary race, Al Pawlowski Jr. is challenging Joseph Olszewski for a six-year term. Both are Republicans.

Pawlowski said he remains unhappy with the lasting impact of township sewer projects.In fact, it was his issue for the township's last supervisor race two years ago.

He hopes enough unrest remains to unseat Olszewski, who is completing a six-year term.

“Most people feel the sewer system was forced upon us,” Pawlowski said. He said a lot of senior citizens can't afford to pay sewer fees.

He also questions the numbers used to calculate sewer project costs.

“He ran on that last time. Most residences are tapped in,” Olszewski said.

“This is also a municipal authority issue and has been since the authority was created in 2000. Yes, supervisors appoint people to the authority, but the authority is independent,” Olszewski said.

Olszewski said the township examined the benefits of merging its police department with Allegheny Township police. Location of a common base station was one issue that couldn't be resolved to satisfy both townships, he said.

Pawlowski points out that a state police office is less than a mile from the township office. He wonders if state police can take over policing the township.Olszewski said the township's seven full-time and four part-time officers are needed to properly patrol the 32 square-mile township.

Olszewski pointed out there hasn't been a tax increase in six years and the government is getting about 5 percent more earned income tax revenue since another tax collector has been at work the last two years.

He said the township is planning to use all of its 2011 Marcellus impact fee of $378,000 for road repairs and to buy a large maintenance truck. The township also should get its 2012 check in July, he said.

Olszewski said there are about 39 Marcellus wells in the township.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 orcbiedka@tribweb.com.

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