Manager to get overtime pay
Moon Township Manager Greg Smith will be getting $100,000 in deferred compensation for extra hours he worked in past years.
Township supervisors on Wednesday voted 5-0 to award Smith the amount, to be paid in equal installments over the next four years. The money will go into a retirement fund, although Smith has announced no plans to retire.
The settlement ends Smith's claim for compensation dating to 1987.
Smith was hired in 1982 as an assistant manager, and became township manager in 1984.
Currently his yearly salary is $88,975. But Smith said Thursday he worked "thousands of hours" of overtime and was not properly compensated. The dispute centered on whether Smith was to take an equal number of hours off for overtime work, or be paid for those hours.
"I believe this was a fair settlement for everyone involved," Smith said. "We have come to a certain middle point. It will not be difficult for the township to pay the amount." He said the settlement is already worked into next year's township budget.
Supervisors held the first of three planned meetings regarding revitalization of Beers School Road Wednesday as part of their regular meeting.
Delta Development Group was hired earlier this year to assist the township in developing a strategic plan for improving Beers School Road between the Robert Morris College campus and the Airside Business Park.
“Although Delta develops the plan, it is up to the residents, businesses and township to implement the changes,” said Jennifer Schaefer, of the consulting firm.
Other meetings on the plan will be scheduled in March and June. Delta expects to complete the plan by July.
The township recently updated its comprehensive plan, and officials now want a more specific, strategic plan to help them complete the project within five years.
Sidewalks, better traffic control and a turning lane are among the needed improvements on Beers School Road. Delta plans to use resident interviews, traffic data, local zoning ordinances and information from the 2000 census to determine the community's needs.
“Our hope is to help Moon develop a sense of place,” Schaefer said.
A steering committee with members from Robert Morris College and the Moon Area School District, plus township Supervisors Sean McCurdy and Mark Mustio, is working with Delta on the plan.
Moon received a state grant of $15,000 for the planning service, which requires matching money from the township.
Brentwood residents might see a 1-mill tax increase that would feed the $3.74 million general fund budget in 2002.
The tax rate in 2002 would climb to 7.137 mills with the change. Each mill in property taxes brings in about $300,000 for the borough.
Residents will have a chance to address council on the proposed tax increase during a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, at the start of council's regular meeting.
Borough officials have contacted three banks regarding the $1 million tax anticipation loan they need to keep the borough afloat next year until tax revenues arrive. PNC, Dollar Bank and Promistar Bank have until 3 p.m. Tuesday to submit proposals for the loan.
In addition to setting the tax rate and adopting the budget, council will announce its 2002 meeting schedule at the regular meeting. Council's committee meeting for January has been scheduled for the fourth Monday, but committee meetings for the rest of the year will be decided after Jan. 7 when new council members are sworn in.
Councilman Martin Vickless proposed at Tuesday's meeting that council schedule a committee meeting night for every Monday, because there are times when issues need to be discussed before the meeting. The extra committee meetings could be canceled if they are not needed. But a majority of council decided it is best to wait until the new council members take office in January to make the scheduling change.
Kramer has collected change from the borough's parking meters for several decades and continues to do so despite knee replacement surgery this year.
Councilman Fred Swanson said that the time and effort Kramer has invested in the borough needs to be acknowledged.
"The work he has done is fantastic," he said.
Council wants to keep the details of the recognition a surprise.
The West Hills Symphonic Band will present its winter concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday the 16th in the auditorium at the David E. Williams Middle School, Porters Hollow Road, Kennedy Township.
Band Director Anthony L. DiIanni said the concert will blend traditional holiday music with some standards.
There will be guest performers, a sing-along with Santa and cookies after the performance.
Donations are $5 for adults, $3 for kids and senior citizens.
For details, call Tony Banks at (412) 262-2306.