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Elimination of position still at issue

| Wednesday, May 8, 2002

STAR JUNCTION - Disagreements about Perry Township supervisors A.J. Boni and Janet Galla's vote earlier in the year to eliminate Supervisor Adam Muccioli's roadmaster position continued at Tuesday's meeting.

Galla said that each full-time employee earns $38,700 in salary and benefits each year. Currently, roadmaster Boni is the only full-time employee. Each part-time employee costs the township $15,600 annually. "That's a $23,100 savings per year that can be used to do work that isn't getting done," she said. Galla gave an example of contractors hired to uncover two drains because the township lacks a backhoe. The contractors cost $2,000.

Muccioli's son, Nick, contested Galla's figures: "The $23,000 that you're stating is incorrect. If you'd kept my dad on, it would have saved over $7,000 by each employee taking the $2 per hour cut that my dad suggested. I don't agree that you're saving any money."

After the meeting, Muccioli said that he had looked at the actual payroll sheets from Jan. 1 through April 19 and $18,301 had been paid to Boni, part-time employees and subcontractors. "With two supervisors and no part-timers and a $2 pay cut, they would have paid $16,247, a $2,054 savings. With the same wages, it would have been $18,000, about the same as with the part-timers. The residents wanted to see them take the pay cut. The township would have saved $7,000 if they had kept my dad on."

At the meeting, Boni said, "We'll have to see (the figures) at the end of the year."

Supervisor Muccioli suggested using the money the township was not paying him for road paving. "The roads should be paved. We haven't paved since '99. You're only paying one supervisor. You should use the money to pave the roads."

He suggested paving Greenfield and Reservoir roads and Old Route 51 in Wickhaven.

"The budget wasn't set up to do major paving," Boni replied. "It's budgeted for other items - salt, anti-skid. Everything in the $549,500 budget has been accounted for on a line item. We just finished paying for the '99 roads."

Muccioli replied that the township carried over $72,000 from 2001, when the average past carry-over amount was $10,000.

Nick Muccioli questioned why the budget did not include more payment on the township's debt. "When you had two supervisors, you paid almost $193,000 on the debt. This year you have $123,000 budgeted to pay."

Boni responded that the debt is "not that big." According to the May bills for approval, the township is carrying $347,561.98 in debts, the largest for $250,325, a National City Bank loan taken out in 1999.

Galla suggested that supervisors discuss what road work can be done. Supervisors did vote unanimously to use $10,000 in county liquid fuels funds to repair shoulders on Memorial Drive and resurface part of Falbo Road lost in a storm.

Supervisors will also apply for a grant to maintain dirt and gravel roads. Only $30,000 will be awarded county-wide, through the Fayette County Conservation District. Township engineer Bruce Chalmers will study roads in Wickhaven Hollow and Banning to determine the amount of gravel they will require for repair.

In other business:

  • Boni reminded residents to report any tree limbs downed by storms or other problems to the township.

  • The township received a $20,000 Department of Environmental Protection grant for Phase II of the North Liberty Street waterline extension.

  • Supervisors hired Mark Pasquale as code enforcement officer at $10 per hour on call. Muccioli voted against the hire.

  • Supervisors approved Resolution 2002-5-1, adding eight streetlights to Banning, at an annual cost of $23.98 per household.

  • Chalmers told supervisors that raw sewage is illegally seeping through the ground on Cemetery Hill. Debra Richards submitted a complaint five months ago and has requested dye testing. Neighbor Connie Dubrecq has refused the test, contending that Richards damaged the lines. "This is a civil litigation matter between two parties," solicitor Michael Macko said and recommended that the residents consult their attorneys. Chalmers said that the township would have to "force the issue" if Dubrecq does not approve the testing, which would involve taking the matter to District Justice Michael Rubish, who could require the testing.

  • The township will contribute $300 to the Perryopolis Baseball League.

  • All three supervisors will have to sign purchase orders for items over $200.

  • The township sold trucks to the highest bidders. Two bids were received for a 1975 Ford truck chassis and plow. William Jenkins of Uniontown submitted the high bid of $279. Six bids were received for a 1989 Ford 350 dump truck. Mike Wynn of Perryopolis submitted the high bid of $3,793.

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