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Dunbar Township residents question unemployment paid to former supervisor

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Friday, June 6, 2014, 2:41 a.m.

Dunbar Township residents on Thursday night questioned supervisors about a $6,323 payment made in May to the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors Unemployment Compensation Group Trust Fund.

The supervisors said the quarterly payment was more than the township normally pays because an employee who lost his job in 2012 filed an unemployment compensation claim.

Supervisor Ron Keller said former township Supervisor Larry Mayros filed a claim after he lost his re-election bid and his roadmaster position.

“He was out of work,” Keller said. “I checked with the Pennsylvania unemployment office, and they told me that he was eligible to collect unemployment.”

During a six-month period from January to July 2012, Mayros collected $13,106.23 in unemployment compensation, according to township records.

After the meeting, Chairman John Tabaj said the township needs to check with the state Department of Labor & Industry to make sure that elected officials are eligible to collect jobless benefits after they lose an election.

Attorney Tim Witt, the township's solicitor, said the township was required to pay a higher unemployment compensation amount in May to cover the extra expense.

“I believe that the higher payments will continue for a while until an audit has been conducted, and then they will return to the usual amount,” Witt said.

In other business, supervisors:

• Announced the township will receive $193,000 in Act 13 impact fees for Marcellus shale gas drilling again this year — the same amount it received in 2013. Supervisors plan to discuss how they will use the money.

• Announced that A.C. Moyer Co. recently completed paving work on Ridge Boulevard. Victor Paving is expected to pave Falls Avenue and Upper Sandy Road on Tuesday and Wednesday.

• Notified residents that burning will be permitted in the township from daylight to dusk on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

• Appointed Benjamin Husband of Dickerson Run to the Yough Sanitary Authority, replacing Pete Orlando who recently resigned from the board.

Cindy Ekas is a contributing writer.

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