Board to examine use of sanitary authority vehicles
The Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority board will review the use of authority vehicles since it has found its manager has been taking his work Jeep to the Outer Banks for years.
Board chairman Mark Adamchik said he does not approve of Manager Jim Brucker driving the 2006 Jeep Commander on the beach.
“I think this whole authority has a ‘This is how we've always done it, so that's how we'll do it' mentality,” Adamchik said at a meeting on Thursday night. “That is no longer acceptable. Your behavior is an embarrassment to the authority.”
Adamchik joined the board five years ago and became its chairman last year.
Brucker attended the meeting and told the board that he knows several other sewage managers who take their work vehicles on vacation.
“I take (authority) calls when I'm on vacation,” he said. “I've been doing this for 40 years. Prior boards have allowed this. It's not an issue.”
For at least the past two years, Brucker has taken the Jeep to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, a more than 500-mile trip, and received a permit to drive the vehicle on the beach.
Other local sewage authorities — including the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority, Greater Greensburg Sewage Authority and the Kiski Valley Water Pollution Control Authority — don't permit officials to use company vehicles for vacations.
Murrysville Councilman Jeff Kepler said he wants the board to fully understand the cost of providing Brucker with a vehicle for professional and personal use, including fuel, maintenance, insurance and other costs. Kepler said he has heard from about a dozen ratepayers that they are concerned and disgusted by Brucker's actions since reading a Tribune-Review story published on Thursday.
Longtime authority board member Jim Hamilton said he doesn't have a problem with Brucker's personal use of the vehicle but still wants the board to look into establishing a policy.
“I don't expect him to drive his other car on the beach,” Hamilton said. “But we'll do our study and see what the story is.”
Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-871-2365 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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