The Eldred Township supervisors approved two resolutions at the May 5 meeting.
Resolution 2010-1 authorizes the officers of the governing board "to execute an agreement with Berkheimer Associates, retained as the exclusive tax officer for the collection, administration, receipt and enforcement of the provisions of the respective tax enactment of the governing board levying and assessing the earned income tax for the term herein defined, together with such extensions as may be agreed upon, said tax enactment having been adopted under and pursuant to the authority of the Pennsylvania local tax enabling act (Act 511, P.L. 1257); and approving and adopting the rules and regulations prepared by Berkheimer to administer and enforce the earned income/net profits tax."
Resolution 2010-2 appoints Berkheimer as its tax hearing officer "under and pursuant to the local taxpayers bill of rights for the express purpose of adjudicating appeals thereunder."
Supervisor Sharon Solt explained that by 2012, all municipalities in Monroe County will have one collector for the EIT. There is a committee, made up of members from every municipality in Monroe County, that will work with that collector. Solt is the primary committee member from Eldred Twp. Donna Frailey, the former EIT collector from Eldred had been the alternate committee member but that position was vacated when Frailey resigned.
Eldred supervisors approved supervisor Gretchen Gannon-Pettit as the alternate tax collection committee member.
Gannon-Pettit was approved for hire as a part-time township office clerk at a salary of $13.50 an hour.
Michael Kaspszyk, solicitor for Eldred Twp., reported that Lynnell Jones signed an agreement, abandoning her rights to have a kennel on her property now and any time in the future. She can use the existing kennel structures for her dogs but prevents her from using them as a business. It marks the end of litigation that has been ongoing since 2002.
While her next door neighbor, Walter Zapletal was happy to hear that, he asked Kaspszyk how many dogs was she allowed on her property and he was told, four. Zapletal said that her dogs still come on his property, which makes him unhappy.
Gannon-Pettit has created a township quarterly newsletter that is now available on the website (www.eldredtwp.org) and at the municipal building.