Recently, several Ligonier Township residents, including me and members of the Brighter Future PAC, met with James E. Leventry, Whitehall Borough manager. He stated that as manager, he has found that with five or more supervisors, it is necessary to hire a manager to avoid having five people trying to pull things in different directions on a daily basis.
This is an unforeseen cost, which no one wants to discuss, of the referendum on expanding our township board from three to five members.
Qualified managers start at about $60,000 per year, plus benefits, and should not be local, as they may well have their own agendas. I believe that at some point, a manager may be a good investment. As far as the PAC's concern about supervisors not being employees of the township, neither candidate on the ballot intends to work for the township, leaving only one.
There have been some comments to the effect that having five supervisors would make the township office more accessible. A public work session is held each Friday prior to the supervisors meeting on the second Tuesday of every month and is open to the public. Questions also can be addressed by calling the township office during normal business hours.
I hope voters take time to ask questions so they can make an educated decision.
Timothy R. Komar
The writer is a Ligonier Township supervisor.
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