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Hempfield supervisors approve raises, hold line on taxes

| Friday, April 27, 2012, 3:10 a.m.

Hempfield supervisors were in a giving mood last night.

The township board approved a four-year contract extension for manager Kurt Ferguson and doled out raises to the assistant manager, nonunion supervisors plus 3 percent pay hikes to nonunion employees.

The board approved a budget for 2010 with no change in the 3-mill levy on real estate, marking the 20th consecutive year property owners have not faced a tax increase.

Ferguson's contract was extended from Jan. 1, 2010 through Dec. 31, 2013. His $72,000 salary for the current year will increase to $76,000 next year; $78,000 in 2011; and $80,000 annually for 2012 and 2013.

Ferguson will continue to live rent-free in a home owned by the township in Hempfield Park. The contract stipulates that if he is removed from his post, he may live rent-free in the house for up to nine months.

The salary of assistant manager Bruce Beitel was increased from $38,000 to $45,000 next year while the deputy director of public works will receive $50,000.

Since he was hired last year, Ferguson has overseen the township finances and 2010 budget, working out a new cable television agreement with Comcast and upgrading the municipality's Internet home page.

He was instrumental in arranging financing for a number of major projects next year that will address storm water management, one of the township's major problems.

Before being hired by Hempfield in March, Ferguson was manager of Edgewood in Allegheny County and has worked as a planner for Mt. Lebanon.

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