Penn Township to add public works director job

| Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 4:12 p.m.

After hiring a new manager, Penn Township commissioners now are turning their attention to recruiting for the newly created position of public-works director.

The proposed hire would oversee work by the road crew and help to develop a road-management program, as well as handle duties related to improvements at Penn Township Municipal Park. Commissioners are in the midst of finalizing the job description and salary range before advertising the opening.

The position will be separate from — and would not replace — the public-works foreman, officials said. Tom Lamacz is earning $64,715 this year in that role.

New manager Alex Graziani, who started work in May, finance director Linda Iams and commissioners Ed Sullivan and Jeff Shula will serve on a committee to review the applicants.

The former township manager, Bruce Light, had more of a background in public works, but commissioners decided they wanted his successor to be more involved in long-range planning and promotion of the township to businesses and developers.

Park grant

Township officials are pursuing two state grants with the hopes of getting at least one to pay for new equipment at Penn Township Municipal Park.

Commissioners on June 11 agreed to apply for $212,500 from the Commonwealth Financing Authority to replace playground equipment at the park. If the township receives the money, it would have to contribute a $37,500 match.

Commissioners previously decided to apply to the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for work that would include the Warrior Wonderland playground, as well the installation of one basketball, one tennis and one sand volleyball court near the dog park. That grant would require a 50-percent match, meaning the township would have to contribute about $225,000.

Rec boards

Commissioners tabbed one of their own, Tim Gwynn, to be the new board member for the Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission, replacing Light.

Graziani will be the township's alternate on the board.

Meanwhile, Sullivan will replace Paul Wersing on the township's recreation board.

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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