Washington Township police offered new contract

| Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, 12:21 a.m.

Washington Township police officers should soon have a new four-year contract retroactive to Jan. 1.

Supervisors on Thursday night approved the pact that calls for a 2.75 percent wage increase the first year and a 3 percent raise in each of the final three years.

Supervisors said base-wage figures won't be available until the police department signs off on the deal.

When the township and the Fraternal Order of Police, the police department's bargaining unit, couldn't come to an agreement, the matter was handed over to an arbitrator.

Retroactive wages dating to Jan. 1 will be paid by Oct. 31, according to officials.

The department has 12 officers patrolling the 31-square-mile township.

In other business

• Bryan Chambers was given approval to build a 60-by-100-foot building to house his plumbing business at 4084 Route 66.

Chambers will have four employees.

It will not be a retail building that the public would visit. Instead, Chambers will send his employees to daily work sites.

Chambers will open the business once stormwater-maintenance issues are addressed.

• The Municipal Authority of Washington Township will expand its Camp Nancy pump station.

Supervisors approved the authority's purchase of 1,100 square feet of property from the Gregory Ambrose family at 772 Route 380. A purchase price was not available on Thursday.

• The Pugtoberfest, a fundraiser for the rescue of pug dogs, is planned from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Kunkle Park.

Additional information is available at www.swpapug.org.

• The township's trick-or-treat night will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

Also, the Lions Club will sponsor a Halloween parade at Kunkle Park at 6 p.m. Oct. 26 with a star-gazing party to follow at sunset.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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