Connellsville Township discusses road crew schedules, job duties
By Cindy Ekas
Published: Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, 6:55 p.m.
Connellsville Township Supervisor Tom Cesario vows to take full responsibility for the township employees' work and schedules.
Cesario was responding to concerns and complaints expressed by township residents at last month's meeting when he was absent.
“I'm sorry that I missed the meeting last month, but I'm really not happy with what transpired,” Cesario said. “I want to apologize to the Joe Cassidy family. They had a complaint, and I didn't get back to them. I admit that I forgot about it. I don't duck responsibility.”
Cesario said he is “not a politician.”
If a township resident has a question or complaint, Cesario said he will try to find an answer.
“I can get you an answer to your question, but you might not like what I tell you,” he said.
At last month's meeting, township residents complained that road crew employees were not doing their jobs. The residents wanted to know who supervises the employees. The residents were told that all three township supervisors have the authority to oversee the road crews.
Residents claimed the road crew workers were spending most of their time at the township building instead of performing their duties throughout the township.
In an effort to keep track of employees' hours, Cesario suggested that the township install a time clock in its office to make sure employees are coming to work at 6 a.m.
“If we install a time clock, we will know exactly what time the employees are punching in,” Cesario said.
“I still have a beef with these guys coming and going as they please,” said supervisor Don Hann, who expressed concerns about the employees at last month's meeting. “I don't understand why these guys are off on Monday and Friday if they work full time.'
Supervisor Robert Carson explained that the employees have been working 10-hour shifts. Because of the shift change, the employees have additional days off.
“They aren't off work all the time,” Carson said. “They are just working a revised schedule.”
Hann said he was concerned because two of the employees no longer live in Connellsville Township.
“We hired these guys because they were the most qualified for the positions, and they scored the highest on the tests that we gave them,” Carson said. “A lot of employees don't work in the communities where they live. I really don't think it's an issue.”
Cindy Ekas is a contributing writer.
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