Part-timers to get $2 hike
Published: January 24, 2013
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MOLLEYSTOWN - The Tremont Township supervisors held a brief reorganizational meeting January 7, followed by their scheduled monthly meeting.
With one sweeping unanimous vote, the board agreed to keep everything the same as it was in 2012 except for a $2.00 per hour increase for all employees who are hired part-time on an 'as need' basis.
Roadmaster Larry Bender noted that the supervisors had talked about salary increases and the five or six men employed each year have asked for it. "I've gotten nailed by some of the guys," said Bender, adding that when the roads are all repairs, the hiring would only be in the winter.
In addition, the board agreed it would request the board of auditors, who were scheduled to meet January 8, approve the same per hour increase for working supervisors.
The supervisors will continue to meet the first Monday of each month in the township's municipal building on Molleystown Road beginning at 6 p.m.
The re-appointments include John Brommer, Chairman; Herman Lengle, Vice-Chairman; Larry Bender, Roadmaster; Margaret Davenport, Secretary-Treasurer; and Mark Barket, Solicitor.
Although no engineering firm was appointed, in previous years the board has hired Lehigh Engineering and ARRO Engineering when needed.
Light-Heigel was appointed Sewage Enforcement Officer and Les Kaufman, Emergency Management Coordinator. Sovereign Bank and PLGIT will serve as the depositories of township funds.
During the board's regular meeting a discussion ensued concerning the hiring of a manager by the Swatara Watershed Long Term Recovery Committee. An e-mail from State Rep. Mike Tobash, R-125, had been received explaining the need for a manager and encouraging the township to participate by committing to a contribution of $3,750 to the committee. It was noted that SEDCO has also offered $24,000 to help fund a salary. At the committee's November meeting Tobash also reported that he had a potential $50,000 contribution.
The board agreed a letter would be sent to Wayne Lehman of the County's Conservation District, who has been leading the group, requesting the answer to several questions. Lengle was mainly concerned who would pay for the study of the Upper Swatara Creek Watershed Lehman was referring to in a recent e-mail to him.
Bender reported Thomas Yasinsky of ARRO Engineering, Orwigsburg, had been in the township measuring the roads for the approximately six-mile road project planned for next year. When the project is completed, all the roads in the township will have been resurfaced since a section of the Molleystown Road has already been done. The entire cost of the project is estimated at $460,000, with about $250,000 to be borrowed.
In other business,
- The board agreed it would review the contract the township has with the local Jeep Club at next month.
- Bender cautioned people traveling on the Rausch Creek Road to be aware of loose rocks falling down onto the road.
- Bender reported that several speeding signs on the upper section of the Molleystown Road have bullet holes in them. - The board discussed erecting "No Winter Maintenance" signs on the Rausch Creek Road and will look into whether liquid fuels money would still be received if this were done. Bender noted two tractor trailers had been stuck on the road and no one from the township went to their rescue. He noted that "No Trucks Allowed" signs are erected on the road.
- Brommer reported he had received a letter requesting township attendance from the Tax Collection Committee long after the December 18 meeting date.
- Bender reported no new littering has been found in the township, but the cameras, he said, are "still on the move".