Monday evening the Penn Forest Township Supervisors met to reorganize for the new year. Paul Montemuro was reappointed as chairman and as acting treasurer for 2013. Montemuro, who was previously township roadmaster, will now serve as assistant roadmaster in place of Supervisor Judy Knappenberger.
Supervisor Alan Katz will serve as vice chairman.
New township employee Robert Natkie was nominated as Penn Forest Township secretary/assistant treasurer pending the successful completion of his 90-day probationary period. Natkie's salary was set at $35,000 per year.
Supervisor Christine Fazio will serve as township personnel manager for 2013.
Supervisor Warren Reiner will take over for Montemuro as roadmaster.
The township reappointed attorney Gregory Mousseau as township solicitor for the coming year.
The township will continue to use Mauch Chunk Trust Company as the depository for township funds.
The engineering firm of Barry Isett and Associates will continue to act as township engineer, sewage officers, third party building inspectors, commercial building inspectors and water enforcement officers in 2013.
Katherine Forry of Barry Isett and Associates will serve as the building code official.
John DeCusatis of Barry Isett and Associates was appointed township zoning officer and code enforcement officer.
Carol Matthews was hired as assistant secretary, specifically concentrating on the transfer station and garbage permits, pending completion of her 90-day probationary period.
Cindy Henning will remain secretary for the planning meetings as well as assistant secretary for all other township permits.
Township resident Walter Gibbon will serve as chairman of the vacancy board.
Audrey Nichols was reappointed to the zoning hearing board, serving through January 1, 2015. Other members of the board are Patrick Walsh and Paul Fogal.
The supervisors set the time and place of the board of supervisors' monthly meetings as the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m., unless it is a holiday, then it will be held on the first Tuesday.
The Penn Forest Municipal building will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday excluding holidays, as well as from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month. The building will be closed to the public from noon to 1 p.m. daily to accommodate lunch breaks and 30 minutes of uninterrupted work time for employees. This schedule went into effect on Jan. 8.
The supervisors also set salaries for township employees for 2013.
Assistant secretary (permits) at $16.48 per hour.
Assistant secretary (garbage/transfer station) at $9 per hour.
The roadmaster's salary was set at $3,900 per year to be paid in monthly installments. The roadmaster will also receive $25 per driveway permit.
The assistant roadmaster will receive $15 per hour.
The annual salary for supervisors who began their term of office in 2012 will receive $2,500 maximum per year. Supervisors whose terms began prior to 2012 will continue to receive $1,875 per annum.
Township laborers received a raise of about 30 cents per hour for 2013.
The mileage for the year is set at the IRS level of 0.565 per mile. No mileage can be claimed when utilizing a township vehicle.