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Ligonier Township names new zoning officer

| Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Nicole Chynoweth | The Ligonier Echo
Shelly Kaltenbaugh, of Monroevile, is Ligonier township's new zoning officer. A former resident of Ligonier, Kaltenbaugh said she hopes to make a 'positive impact' in the community.

Former Ligonier resident Shelly Kaltenbaugh is the new township zoning officer, as the Ligonier Township supervisors voted to hire her during its Sept. 10 meeting.

Supervisor Tim Komar said Kaltenbaugh, who lives in Monroeville, previously worked as Monroeville's zoning officer. He said her more than 20 years of zoning experience made her a prime candidate for the position.

Komar said Kaltenbaugh retired early and applied for the Ligonier position to supplement her pension income. She will be paid $15 an hour with benefits, but she will not receive health care benefits as that is already taken care of in her pension, Komar said.

Komar said Kaltenbaugh expressed an interest in relocating to Ligonier at some point, but Komar added that at this time, it would not be necessary for her to do so until her 180-day probationary period ends.

Komar said Kaltenbaugh's hiring does not interfere with any work being done by Building Inspection Underwriters, a company the board voted to use to conduct interim zoning functions since the termination of zoning officer Cynthia Angelo. He said it will be a “very seamless transition.”

Kaltenbaugh said the opportunity is “a dream come true” for her, and she hopes to make a “positive impact” on the community.

In other business:

• The board tabled an insurance price proposal from Higbee Insurance for lack of necessary supporting documents.

• The board approved address timber permits for Stephanie Finger on Darlington Road and Donald and Brenda Knupp on Jinks Trail.

• The board adopted a resolution extending Ligonier Township Municipal Authority's term of existence for 50 years.

• The board acknowledged a request by Ligonier Borough Police Department to authorize township police to work with them during Fort Ligonier Days. The partnership will be coordinated by Chief Michael Matrunics.

• The board announced that trick-or-treating in the township will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 and that extra police will patrol in the area on the designated night.

• Komar clarified during the meeting that the debt incurred for the purchase of a new police vehicle is $24,098, not $34,000 as was mentioned during last month's meeting.

He added that Wessel and Co., a certified public accountants and business consultants firm in Johnstown, has been hired to work with Deltron Management Consultants to help complete the audit of the township. Komar said the firms working together are “making things happen by leaps and bounds.”

• Komar provided an update on the house numbering ordinance, stating that the township has a draft under review, and he would like the local fire department and other emergency responders to look over it as well. Komar said the draft states if a resident fails to obey the ordinance, they could possibly be fined up to $500.

Supervisor Grover Binkey was not present at the meeting.

The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 15, instead of Oct. 8. Komar is unable to attend on Oct. 8, so the board voted to change the date of the meeting.