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Dunbar Township secretary/treasurer resigns

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Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Dunbar Township supervisor Ron Keller resigned from his position as township secretary/treasurer on Thursday night.

Keller told fellow supervisors and township residents that the position had become a “very stressful job” and was taking up too much of his personal time.

“I was looking at figures all day, every evening and every weekend,” Keller said. “I was spending about four to five hours a night doing paperwork. I had excessive amounts of work to do from the middle of December until the end of January. I had no holiday because of that job.”

Although he resigned from his secretary/treasurer position, Keller said he will continue to work as a full-time township roadmaster, earning a salary of $22 an hour.

Keller said he found the secretary/treasurer duties very rewarding but also very demanding.

“It was a very rewarding job because I learned something new every day,” he said. “I learned how government changes on a daily basis.”

In the wake of Keller's unexpected resignation, Chairman John Tabaj said the township needs to find a replacement as soon as possible.

Township solicitor Tim Witt said Tabaj and supervisor Keith Fordyce will have to decide whether one of them wants to fill the secretary/treasurer position or hire an employee who is not a township supervisor.

Meanwhile, Witt said the township will have no one who is authorized to sign checks, pay bills, sign grant applications or complete other required duties.

“Under the law, the township doesn't have to appoint a supervisor, but the township supervisors are usually chosen because they know the most about how the township operates,” Witt said.

In other business, Kenny Martray from Widmer Engineering said the township is moving ahead with the second phase of a sewage expansion project which will cost an estimated $5 million.

Martray said sewage service will be expanded to about 200 homes in the Wheeler, Morrell and Oglevee Lane areas of the township.

The 200 residents, who have not been served by a public sewage system, have relied on septic tanks and sand mounds for sewage disposal.

Cindy Ekas is a freelance writer.

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