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Ligonier Township supervisors nix early pension fund release

| Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, 11:00 p.m.

The pensions for Ligonier Township's former zoning officer Cynthia Angelo and former supervisor Keith Whipkey will not be released early.

At a meeting Tuesday, Supervisor Tim Komar said the township had received requests from Angelo and Whipkey to release their pension proceeds and had referred the matter to a pension lawyer. Komar said the township's pension fund stipulates that pensions cannot be released until Angelo and Whipkey reach age 62.

In other business, the board approved paying off a tax-anticipation loan.

According to Komar, the board voted to apply for the note at the reorganization meeting in January, a yearly practice that allows the township to prepare in case funds run low because of a harsh winter or other hardship. He said money was taken out, put in the general fund and used, but it is unclear whether and when the board approved the withdrawal.

Komar said the township has looked into why the money was withdrawn, but he declined additional comment. He said the loan was for $200,000 and had accrued $2,500 in interest.

• The board approved bids for anti-skid materials from Ligonier Stone and Lime at a cost of $18.05 per ton and from Homer R. Sleek & Sons at a cost of $15.25 per ton. The companies offered the lowest bids.

• The board approved paying off two Commercial Bank loans for truck purchases using liquid fuels money. Komar said that, during a liquid fuels audit, it was brought to the township's attention that a portion of the liquid fuels money was being under-utilized. He said the township is required to retain 20 percent to 25 percent of liquid fuels money for major equipment purchases.

• The board also approved an update to the Westmoreland County Hazard Mitigation Plan and releasing a bond for Ron Harr on Kissell Springs Road.

• Emergency management coordinator John Beaufort gave an update on the house numbering ordinance. He said emergency management officials would like to wait until the start of the new year to look into it with the township, when the solicitor and new supervisors have had the opportunity to review it.

The next meeting is 7 p.m. Dec. 10.

Nicole Chynoweth is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2862 or