Ligonier Twp. puts $50K toward bridge repairs
Ligonier Township supervisors voted to commit $50,000 of the township's Act 13 money to repairing Zion Church Road Bridge.
“It was a bridge project that was put on the books approximately 11 years ago,” Supervisor Tim Komar said. “It was a federal, state and local split of the cost. ... In the last eight years, the bridge has had six PennDOT project managers, and then it fell through the cracks.”
Komar said he has been petitioning PennDOT, as well as state Senator Donald White, R-Indiana; state Rep. Mike Reese, R-Mt. Pleasant Township; and Westmoreland County commissioners to make the bridge a priority.
He said to get the project back in motion, the township has to commit $50,000. According to Act 13 guidelines, the township can allocate some gas well money, Komar said.
Komar reported that an audit of township finances and some of its computers being performed by Wessel and Co. and Deltron Management Consultants is not complete.
In May, Keith Whipkey suddenly resigned from his posts as supervisor and secretary-treasurer. In July, an audit by Deltron determined that Whipkey allegedly had been viewing “Internet sites that were inappropriate on company time.”
It also determined that zoning officer Cynthia Angelo, who had been appointed interim secretary-treasurer, had been operating an “Internet flea market” on her office computer, according to Supervisor Tim Komar. Angelo's employment with the township was terminated on July 25.
During the board's September meeting, Komar announced that Wessel and Co. had been hired to work with Deltron Management Consultants to help complete the audit.
“There are some specifics we have to clarify,” Komar said on Tuesday. “Things are looking good from a fiscal standpoint. I don't believe our budgets were off that much.”
Resident Phil Fleming asked Komar how much the audit has cost so far.
“Through Wessel and Co., it has cost us approximately $14,000,” Komar said. “Through Deltron, I think we're about at a similar amount. I don't have the exact figures, but we anticipate recovering all of our costs through bonds and (an) insurance policy.”
Komar said the board does not believe there are any “great numbers of money missing,” but flaws were found in the bookkeeping.
When asked if any follow-up had been done regarding county detectives' investigation of the township, Komar said yes, adding that the township has been in contact with the State Ethics Commission.
“They are doing an investigation also, and they are not done with their interviews,” he said.
The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 12.
Nicole Chynoweth is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2862 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Salem teen surprised with Westmoreland Fair Queen win
- Audit: Westmoreland records were at risk in transfer to computer system
- Mt. Pleasant police chief Ober retires
- 9 displaced by fire in Grapeville
- Hours to be reduced at Ruffsdale post office
- Catholic Diocese of Greensburg injunction becomes permanent
- Stormwater management plan stuck in stalemate in Unity, Latrobe, Derry Townships
- Man admits preying on Lower Burrell neighbor, taking more than $100K in money, goods
- Ex-worker admits to taking money from Penn Township Sewage Authority
- Greater Latrobe schedules will be available online
- North Huntingdon man pleads guilty in road rage case