In a reorganizational meeting that lasted just about one hour, Mahoning Township supervisors for the most part stayed the course retaining all of their appointed employees and agents. However, the board welcomed a new vice chairman in second year supervisor Franklin Ruch.
Ruch, who was elected in 2009, served last year on the road department committee, a representative on the Carbon County Regional Planning Committee and as a voting delegate last year to the Pennsylvania State Association of Townships. Ruch will retain these appointments as well in 2011.
On a motion by Linda Benner and seconded by last year's Vice Chairman Travis Steigerwalt, Ruch was nominated to the position and with well wishes from Steigerwalt and no opposition received a 4-0 affirmation to become the new vice chairman of the board. Only supervisor George Stawnyczyj was absent from the meeting.
Supervisor John Wieczorek was reappointed chairman also with a 4-0 vote by the supervisors present in the meeting. This is the second time he was appointed to the top spot by the board.
Stawnyczyj was reappointed as the township's emergency management coordinator along with Debbie Binder as his assistant. He was also reappointed to the Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission which is a position he has held for his tenure on the board.
T&M Engineering represented by Tim Edinger in the township was reappointed as the muncipality's engineer. Scott Beiber and William Briar were reappointed as the township's sewage enforcement officer and alternate respectively. Present Secretary-Treasurer Natalie Haggerty was retained as the township's Secretary-Treasurer and had her rate set at $17.75 per hour with terms and conditions on her benefits and any rate increase contingent on the settling of the Teamster's agreement. Wieczorek said he would like to see her benefits fall in line with the road crew.
Zoning Officer LeRoy Leibenguth was also retained as the township's zoning officer at a rate of $475 per month.
One change from last year is the township board of supervisors will be meeting on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 6 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. as was done in the past. Supervisors felt this would help the meetings end earlier in the evening.