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Friday, June 20, 2014, 12:46 a.m.
 

Harmar has a new township secretary, more than six months since the previous secretary was let go.

Supervisors on Thursday voted unanimously to hire Donna Rupert for the position of secretary/treasurer. Her annual salary in the full-time position will be $45,000, and she will start with a six-month probationary period, Supervisor Pat Janoski said.

Rupert said she plans to start work in Harmar on June 30. She replaces Annette Dietz, whom supervisors chose not to reappoint in January. Dietz had been with Harmar for six years.

A resident of South Buffalo, Rupert said she has worked for 20 years in local government. She was most recently a consultant for the state Department of Community and Economic Development for six years.

Rupert had been manager of East Franklin for three years. The position was eliminated in 2003.

She worked for Plum and Armstrong County as a planner.

Rupert said she has bachelor's and master's degrees in geography and regional planning from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a doctorate in business management from Capella University.

At the supervisors meeting, Rupert said she was happy to see the number of residents in attendance.

After working a while in the private sector, Rupert said she wanted to come back to public administration. “This is where my heart is,” she said.

Janoski said about a dozen people applied for the job, and supervisors interviewed five candidates.

In other business

• Supervisors voted 4-1 to approve an honorable discharge and a separation and release agreement with township police Officer Wayne Uhring, effective Thursday.

Linda Slomer voted against.

Janoski said Uhring is retiring.

Supervisors gave approval for police Chief Jason Domaratz to hire one full-time officer and conduct interviews for one or two part-time officers.

•Supervisors approved an agreement with PennDOT for a sanitary sewer line to be installed on Freeport Road.

Linked to construction of the new Hulton Bridge, the 800-foot sewer line will replace a nearly century-old line under the road that was in need of repair, township Engineer Larry Seiler said. The new line will not be under the road, which means any work on it will not impact traffic, he said.

Harmar will pay about $95,000 for the new line, the same as it would have paid for the repair work on the old line, Seiler said. PennDOT is paying $50,000.

• Harmar will not be able to pave one of two roads it planned to resurface this year because of water line work, Seiler said.

The township planned to pave Ridge Road and Harmar Drive. But because of water line breaks, the township's water authority may be replacing the main water line on Harmar Drive, Seiler said.

Seiler recommended the township not pave Harmar Drive and that supervisors select another road. Harmar Drive can be done next year, he said.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4701 or brittmeyer@tribweb.com.

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