Valley townships, Bolivar reorganize
Ligonier Valley townships reorganized Monday, as required by state law.
In Ligonier Township, Supervisor Keith Whipkey was appointed as chairman and secretary/treasurer, and Supervisor Tim Komar was appointed as vice chairman. Komar will be the sole road master for the township with the retiring of former Supervisor and Road Master Carl Penrod.
At the suggestion of Zoning Officer Cindy Angelo, supervisors voted to increase the fee for public hearings before the supervisors from $275 to $300. The fee for Zoning Hearing Board public hearings remains at $350.
“The township is still taking a loss on the public hearings, but at least it won't be so bad,” Angelo said.
Supervisors also voted to switch engineering firms to Ligonier-based The Markosky Engineering Group, Inc.
Attorney Judith Ciszek was retained as the township's solicitor.
Angelo will continue to serve as the township's zoning officer and Mike D'Arrigo was retained as the sewage enforcement officer.
Board appointees included Bruce Kemerer to the Ligonier Township Municipal Authority, Mark Spitzer to the planning commission and Larry Shew to the recreation board. All positions were for five-year terms.
In addition, Planning Commissioner Linda McDowell was retained for another three-year term.
Monthly meetings will continue to be held at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Ligonier Township Municipal Building, located at 1 Municipal Park Drive.
Cook Township had no changes from last year. Rich Umbaugh was once again appointed as chairman for the board and remains the sole road master.
Walter Piper will serve as vice chairman and Mark McKlveen will serve as board secretary/treasurer.
Attorney Doug Welty was retained as the township's solicitor and Doug Regola will continue to serve as the sewage enforcement officer.
Supervisors made no changes to the township's fee schedule, according to township secretary Debbie Rhodes.
Monthly meetings remain at 7:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Cook Township Municipal Building, located at 1716 State Route 711.
Supervisors in Fairfield Township appointed Vaughn Tantlinger as chairman, James Brown as vice chairman and township employee Emma Brendlinger will continue to serve as secretary/treasurer.
Attorney Jeff Miller was retained as solicitor and Mike D'Arrigo will remain the township's sewage enforcement officer.
Supervisors voted for no change in fees.
Monthly meetings will remain at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month, except for July and November which will be on the Wednesday before the second Thursday, at the township municipal office, located at 159 Midget Camp Road.
St. Clair Township
In St. Clair Township, Supervisor Jim Caldwell was appointed as chairman and head road master. Supervisor Fred Clark will serve as vice chairman. Supervisor Richard Hill Sr. remains the police administrator.
Attorney Judith Ciszek was also retained as Cook Township's solicitor, and Mike D'Arrigo will continue to serve as the sewage enforcement officer.
Officials added a $150 fee for subdivision application. All but $25 of that fee will be returned to the landowner after official plans are received by the township, according to Supervisor Jim Caldwell. No other changes were made to the township's fee schedule.
Kristina Clark remains the township and board secretary.
Monthly meetings remain at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the township's municipal building, located at 550 Seward St.
Despite the state requirement that stipulates that boroughs only have to reorganize on years ending with an even number, Bolivar officials decided to reorganize Monday as well.
Officials made no changes from the year prior.
Councilman Clark Baird will continue to serve as council president. Sue Bartow was appointed vice president. Borough employees Patricia Betts and Kelly Lupacchini will remain the borough's treasurer and secretary, respectively.
Attorney Jeffrey Miller was retained as the borough's solicitor.
There was no change in fees, and meetings will continue to be held at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the borough building, located at 622 Washington St.