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East Huntingdon keeps status quo

| Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, 12:46 p.m.

East Huntingdon Township Supervisors held their annual reorganizational meeting Jan. 7, passing several motions pertaining to township business for the upcoming year.

“We really didn't make too many changes from last year,” supervisor Joel Suter said. “Everything is about the same.”

At the top of meeting, Paul Hodgkiss was appointed as chairman of the board, with Howard Keefer as vice-chairman.

Motions included appointing Aaron Bialon as township solicitor, Victor P. Regola & Associates as the township engineering firm, Moran Midnight Kennels as animal control and Allied Waste as township garbage collector.

A motion was approved to appoint all three supervisors as road masters, operators and laborers for the upcoming year and Diane Fig, elected tax collector, will collect all real estate and Parfittown light taxes and is authorized to use every means available to collect any and all delinquent taxes due to the township.

Tax, permit fees and licenses were set at one-half of 1 percent of earned income tax, 2.25 mills real estate tax, one-half of 1 percent real estate transfer tax, $25 coal yard license, $250 on-lot sewage application, $25 junk yard license, $200 mobile home license and $10 per mobile home fee.

Supervisors also approved the $52 occupation tax, $47 of which goes to the township and $5 to the school district.

Motions were passed to re-enact all ordinances and resolutions of the calendar year, and all supervisors, solicitor, secretary/treasurer, sewage plant manager, host municipal inspector and engineer are authorized to attend all meetings pertaining to township business.

Cynthia Walthour, who serves as secretary/treasurer, was given a four-percent raise.

All motions were passed unanimously.

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.