David Zeigler was awarded a plaque for his years of service to West Penn Township during the board of supervisors' final meeting of the year Tuesday at the municipal building.

"The board of supervisors extends our sincerest congratulations for the six years you served as West Penn Township supervisor," Chairman Alfonso Martinez said.

Martinez went on to thank him for his dedication to the work that being vice chairman entails, a position Zeigler held over the last four years.

A new vice chair will be appointed at the next board meeting on Jan. 3 at 7 p.m.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, the 2012 budget was also approved for the amount of $2,016,532.

Included in the budget was the board's approval that night, the hiring of Glen Laninger as a part-time police officer. Police Chief Brian Johnson said he hopes this will fill the recent void of on-duty officers.

Also, Berkheimer tax agency will no longer be collecting taxes in the township. The board approved Centax tax as its collection agency. Centax will receive 1.35 percent-worth in fees of the total amount of the local services tax it collects. The term of the contract runs from Jan. 1, 2012 to Dec. 31, 2014.