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Manor Council sets borough manager's raise at 3 percent

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Council last month formally adopted its 2013 budget, which keeps property taxes at 16.5 mills to help pay for the estimated $1.06 million in expenses.

The spending plan includes funding to cover the hiring of a third full-time public-works employee and a third full-time police officer. Council followed its budget vote by promoting public-works employee Brandon Duckworth from part-time to full-time status, which increases his weekly hours by five.

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By Chris Foreman
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, 8:58 p.m.
 

Manor Council is including a 3-percent salary increase for Manager Joe Lapia in the 2013 budget, which will not require an increase in property taxes.

After discussing Lapia's pay in executive sessions, council voted 6-0 last month to boost his annual salary to $35,020. Councilman Jeff Herman was absent for the vote on Dec. 19.

Councilman Brian Woy said the board settled on 3 percent to keep Lapia's raise within range of other borough employees, who will take home between 2.5 percent and 4.5 percent more next year.

Woy commended Lapia for recently securing a $13,612 credit from West Penn Power because of a billing error for 12 street lights that don‘t exist.

“He's been doing a good job and saving us money,” said Woy, chairman of the administration and finance committee. “He's definitely been streamlining the office.”

The borough doesn‘t pay for Lapia‘s health insurance, but it covers his dental and vision insurance.

When council initially drafted the budget, the line item for Lapia's salary showed a nearly 9-percent increase, but Woy emphasized at the time that no figure was finalized until further discussion by council.

Lapia, a retired state police sergeant, was a Manor councilman until his appointment as the borough's first manager in August 2010. His starting salary was $32,000.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400 ext. 8671 or cforeman@tribweb.com.

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