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Manor not interested in Hempfield recreation offer

| Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, 1:15 p.m.

Manor officials aren't showing any interest in a proposed intermunicipal agreement that would enable borough residents to pay the same fees as Hempfield Township residents for the neighboring township's parks and recreation programming.

Manor Mayor Dave Sturgess said a letter from Hempfield Manager Andrew Walz proposed that Hempfield would eliminate the extra $10 nonresident fee that Manor residents pay for programs if Manor agreed to pay Hempfield 50 cents per resident. An agreement also would remove a one-week waiting period in which Hempfield residents may register before people who live outside the township, according to Walz's letter.

With an estimated 3,240 residents in Manor, as of the 2010 U.S. Census, Sturgess said the fee to the borough would be more than $1,600.

“That's not going to work,” Sturgess said.

None of the four council members at the Nov. 20 council meeting showed any interest in pursuing a potential agreement. Manor already contributes $3,035 annually to the Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission because of a decadelong intermunicipal agreement.

Depending on their neighborhood, borough residents pay school taxes either to the Penn-Trafford School District or the Hempfield Area School District.

Those who pay taxes to Penn-Trafford have a portion of that money go to PTARC, as well.

New rental fees

Council voted 4-0 to increase the fees for renting the Manor Community Room for the first time since 2006. Council members Jim Morgan, Christine Marchand and Jeff Herman were absent.

Those renting the room for four hours will pay $175 for 85 or fewer attendees or $200 for 86 or more people up to the room capacity of 196. Both fees are $25 higher than before.

Each subsequent hour will cost $50.

Council members have said they want to raise more revenue to continue making improvements to the rental space.

Holiday party

Council also voted to release $850 to the Manor Recreation Board for entertainment, crafts, food and beverages for the free holiday party in the community room on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.

It will be the borough's first rec event since the “Spring Fling” that signaled the end of the T-ball season. An August corn roast and the Halloween party were canceled because of a lack of volunteers.

The board has booked Santa Claus to greet children at the party.

Board openings

Council is accepting letters of interest from residents who would like to be considered for openings on the planning commission, civil service commission and vacancy board.

Letters may be sent to Manor Council, 44 Main St., Manor, PA 15665.

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

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