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Proposed Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission budget would boost staff pay

| Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The director of the Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission is asking for a small pay raise for herself and an increase in hours for her assistant next year.

Both of the items were included this week in the draft of a $217,000 operating budget that PTARC director Cheryl Kemerer presented to the board.

Kemerer is asking for a $1,000 raise to the $45,000 salary she has been paid for several years. She also proposes extending assistant director Linda Bires' workload by four hours to 34 hours per week.

The proposals harken back to some of the discussion points about employee salaries during the budget process last year, when board members established four performance goals for the director and assistant director to receive bonuses.

Board members on Monday didn't indicate whether they would support either proposal in the 2014 budget, which they will consider for approval at the next public meeting on Oct. 7. The meeting starts at 4 p.m. at Penn-Trafford High School.

Board members briefly discussed the projected 8-percent increase in Kemerer's health care premium, which provides coverage for her husband. Board member Toni Ising said fewer private companies are offering benefits for a spouse without charging an additional fee if the spouse has the option to take coverage through his or her workplace.

Kemerer said she always had has the same benefits as Penn Township's nonuniformed employees.

Meanwhile, Kemerer said, the increase in Bires' hours is necessary because she sometimes ends up working longer than the 30-hour work week for which she was hired last year.

Board member Larry Harrison cautioned Kemerer to monitor Bires' hours closely because she could file a complaint against PTARC if she is not being paid for hours she works.

If the board agrees to expand her hours, Bires' pay rate would remain at $14 an hour, but she would earn about $1,100 more in 2014.

The proposed budget calls for the same community contributions that were paid in 2012 and 2013: Penn Township, $46,423; Penn Township, $38,402; Trafford, $4,654; Manor, $3,035; and Penn Borough, $446.

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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