Local townships reorganize; set meeting dates, times, fill positions
By Marilyn Forbes and Rachel Basinger
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Township supervisors throughout the Fay-West area met on Monday to reorganize.
As part of Monday's reorganization meeting, township supervisors made several appointments.
“We really didn't make too many changes from last year,” Supervisor Joel Suter said. “Everything is about the same.”
Paul Hodgkiss was appointed as chairman of the board with Howard Keefer as vice chairman.
Aaron Bialon was named township solicitor. Victor P. Regola & Associates was retained as the township engineering firm. Moran Midnight Kennels was named the animal control agent and Allied Waste was maintained as township garbage collector.
Motion was approved to appoint all three supervisors as roadmasters, operators and laborers for the upcoming year.
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.
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.
Supervisors approved a 4 percent raise for township secretary/treasurer Cynthia Walthour.
Supervisors Monday named John Tabaj chairman of the board. Keith Fordyce is vice chairman.
Supervisor Ron Keller will act as both secretary and treasurer for the upcoming calendar year.
The supervisors hired Luanne Dye as office clerk at a rate of $14.50 per hour for a 40-hour week. “The pension will be set at 10 percent of the gross income,” said Tabaj.
Supervisors retained Widmer Engineering as the township engineering firm; Ross Rock as township emergency management coordinator and Mike Garlowich as the township code officer.
Garlowich will be paid a rate of $13.50 per hour.
A representative of K-2 Engineering will act as sewage officer with Jim Rabatin named the alternate for the position.
Supervisors set regular monthly meetings for the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. If that day falls on a holiday, the meeting will be held the day before.
The supervisors set the mileage at 55 cents per mile and they set the treasurer bond at $600,000.
Ron Grimm was reappointed as a member of the Dunbar Township Municipal Authority. He has served on the board for 25 years.
Tom Cesario will remain chairman of the board of supervisors. Donald Hann will be vice chairman.
Supervisors retained Leah Brothers as secretary/treasurer at a salary of $19,540, with the salary reflecting a 50-cent an hour increase.
“The union road crew will receive the same increase,” Cesario said.
Office hours were set at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and the regular monthly meetings will be held at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at the township building.
Supervisor Robert Carson will serve as roadmaster, with no additional salary, and Benjamin Goodwin will remain as solicitor.
K-2 Engineering was named the township's engineering firm as well as the zoning officer/building code official and the sewage enforcement officer. Wage taxes will be handled through Southwest Regional Tax Bureau. Joe Ambose was named as the code enforcement officer.
Scott Wagner was named to the township's zoning hearing board. Beverly Childs is an alternate for a two-year term.
Brothers will serve on the planning commission for a two-year term.
Fayette EMS will serve as the township ambulance service and Robert Leiberger Sr. was named as the emergency management coordinator.
Mt. Pleasant Township
Frank Puskar will remain chairman of the board of supervisors. Jack Rutkowski will serve as vice chairman.
Supervisors retained Caprice Mills as the township secretary-treasurer.
Mills will receive $3,250 annually for her attendance at meetings and is now bonded at $325,000.
“We increased the bond up from $200,000,” Mills said.
Mills will serve as the delegate to the Westmoreland County Tax Collection Committee for earned income tax collection with Supervisor Duane Hutter serving as alternate.
The supervisors retained Leslie Mlakar as township solicitor.
Joe Ferlin will serve on the Mt. Pleasant Township Vacancy Board for one year.
Victor R. Regola & Associates was retained as the township engineers; Richard Bourg as sewage enforcement officer and Horner, Wible and Terek will perform the 2012 audit according to the DCED.
Supervisors will hold meetings at 4 p.m. the third Monday of every month, expect for January when it will be held Jan. 22 due to the Martin Luther King holiday.
The office hours for the township building are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Office will be closed noon to 1 p.m. for lunch.
Charles Leeper was re-appointed to the Mt. Pleasant Township Planning Commission for a four-year term and Jerome Yasher and Charles Naggy were both re-appointed to the Mt. Pleasant Township Municipal Authority for five-year terms.
Supervisor Deb Wiltrout will keep her position as chairman of the supervisory board. Scott Keefer is vice chairman.
Supervisor Bill Geary will serve as secretary and treasurer.
The supervisors retained Jeff Wadsworth as the office clerk at a salary of $27,000.
Treasurer bond was set at $480,000.
All three supervisors will serve as roadmasters.
Don McCue was retained as township solicitor. Widmer Engineering was retained as township engineering firm and Southwest Regional Tax Bureau was named the township's taxing agency. Geary will act as the representative to the agency.
Dave Panzella was named to the township vacancy board and was named a member of the Pleasant Valley Water authority for a term of five years.
Wiltrout will serve as the representative to the Fayette County Tax Collection Committee with Geary is the first alternate. Keefer is the second alternate.
Supervisors retained Dave Bukovan as sewage enforcement officer.
Roger Adams was named township code enforcement officer. Emergency management coordinator is Kyle Quinn. Jeff Kelly and Jim Hamacher are deputy emergency management coordinators.
Medic 10 will serve as the ambulance provider for the northern part of the township with Fayette EMS taking care of the southern end.
Supervisors will hold monthly meetings that last Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the township building.
Bill Edwards will remain chairman of the board of supervisors. Supervisor Chuck Cook will remain vice chairman. Both will also be roadmasters and assistant treasurers with Lori Henry maintaining the secretary/treasurer position.
Ricardo Cicconi will remain the township solicitor with a retainer of $325 a quarter and $90 for any extra work.
Morris Knowles will remain the sewage enforcement officer with Bob Killinger the alternate and Widmer Engineering will remain the primary engineering firm with Morris Knowles being the secondary engineering firm.
Meetings will remain the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.
During the regular meeting, a motion passed to appoint Jeffrey J. McCue and Company, CPA, for the audit of all accounts for the township for fiscal year 2012. Supervisor Sam Killinger voted against the motion.
The township will also purchase a storage trailer for the storage of equipment and tools with an amount not to exceed $2,500.
Edwards reported on the status of the Fay-Penn development of the old Kendi farm property. At this point, he said development of the business park is on hold until Fay-Penn starts securing commercial buyers for the development.
He also reminded residents not to push snow into roadways, which is against township code.
A motion was made to exonerate Laurie Hanchar, tax collector, of all unpaid real estate taxes for the year 2012. Supervisors also accepted the resignation of Joseph Rega as auditor effective immediately. They plan to advertise for the position.
Finally, Cook said that last year the auditors cut the roadmaster wages from $15 down to $10.
“If the disparity is not fixed in the supervisors' wages at the auditors meeting, we will consider hiring a township manager to take care of the day-to-day business for 10 to 20 hours a week at a salary anywhere from $15 to $20 an hour,” he said.
A motion was passed to that effect. The auditors meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Tom Stull Jr. will remain chairman of the board of supervisors with Henry Hoffer continuing as vice chairman. Victor P. Regula and Associates of Youngwood will remain the township engineers and sewage enforcement officers and Les Mlakar will remain township solicitor.
Meetings will remain the second Monday of each month at 5 p.m. If a meeting falls on a holiday, the meeting will be held the following day.
During the regular meeting, supervisors announced that Sky View Road will be their gravel road project in 2013 where they will upgrade the gravel surface and reinforce all of the ditches, berms and cross pipes.
At last month's meeting, businessman Bill Steele asked supervisors to see what can be done with a mandate by the DCNR not to allow trucks used for Steele's business to travel on old Route 31, which is a road that runs through state lands.
In the past, delivery trucks for Steele that were coming from Somerset would get off Route 31 at old Route 31 to get down onto Camp Run Road and back to Steele's business. Both of the intersections along this route are wide enough for the trucks to make the turns.
Now the trucks have to travel further down Route 31 and turn directly onto Camp Run Road. Unfortunately, the opening onto Camp Run Road is not big enough for the trucks to make a clean turn.
He asked supervisors to look into what can be done and if widening the opening of the road is a possibility.
Supervisors hoped to meet with the DCNR along with state Rep. Mike Reese, state Sen. Richard Kasunic and PennDOT officials to see what can be done, but with the holidays, Stull said Monday that they haven't been able to meet at this point. “Hopefully we'll be able to meet this month with them,” he said.
Supervisors also passed two resolutions as part of the meeting, including hiring Richard Patterson, CPA, of Latrobe to do the 2012 township audit and to approve mileage reimbursement for the use of personal vehicles at the maximum amount of 56.5 cents per mile as set by the IRS.
Marilyn Forbes and Rachel Basinger are freelance writers.
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