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Ligonier board rejects requests for release of pension proceeds

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By Nicole Chynoweth
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Requests from former Ligonier Township Zoning Officer Cynthia Angelo and former Supervisor Keith Whipkey to release their township pension proceeds will not be granted.

At the Ligonier supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Supervisor Tim Komar said the township referred the matter to a pension lawyer. Komar said the township's pension fund document states that the pensions cannot be released until Angelo and Whipkey reach age 62.

In other business, the board approved paying off a tax anticipation loan.

According to Komar, the board voted to apply for the note at the reorganization meeting in January, a yearly practice that allows the township to prepare in case funds run low because of a harsh winter or other hardship. He said money was taken out, put in the general fund and used, but it is unclear whether and when the board approved the withdrawal.

Komar said the township has looked into why the money was withdrawn, but he did not wish to comment further on the matter. He said the loan was for $200,000 and had accrued $2,500 in interest.

The board approved bids for anti-skid materials from Ligonier Stone and Lime at a cost of $18.05 per ton and from Homer R. Sleek & Sons at a cost of $15.25 per ton. The companies offered the lowest bids received for the two types of materials.

The board approved paying off two Commercial Bank loans for truck purchases using liquid fuels money. Komar said that, during a liquid fuels audit, it was brought to the township's attention that a portion of the township's liquid fuels money was being under-utilized. He said the township is required to retain 20 percent to 25 percent of liquid fuels money for major equipment purchases.

Nicole Chynoweth is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2862 or

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