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Gilpin supervisor chairman Vigna retains position

| Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010

Gilpin supervisors on Monday retained Joseph Vigna as chairman as part of the board's reorganization.

Vigna has been in the position since 2007 and is in his seventh year as supervisor.

"I'd like to maintain the present tax rate and improve services, but it's tough," Vigna said.

The board raised taxes slightly for this year, but it was mostly offset by the elimination of the per capita tax.

Michael Steimer was elected vice chairman, and Richard Sproull will be in charge of road maintenance and equipment.

Dennis Wolfe will chair the finance committee, and Robin Varatto will be in charge of building and land use.

James Favero will be the township solicitor at a rate of $60 per hour, and the zoning board solicitor will be Larry Loperfito at $90 per hour.

In other business

Supervisors ratified by a 5-0 vote a three-year contract with the three-member public works department, part of Teamsters Local 538.

Workers will get an average of $17.40 per hour. Their health insurance will cost borough taxpayers $1,100 per month — a $101 monthly increase over last year.

• Meetings will continue to be at 7 p.m on the second Monday of the month.

• The Vandergrift-based firm of Estermyer & Sharshan will audit the township's 2009 books for a $3,900 fee. Sharon Long was named zoning officer for $4,100 per year, and Dave Pochiba will be emergency management coordinator for $1,200 per year.

Bill Braun of The Senate Co. will serve as township engineer.

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