A new broom is sweeping clean in the municipal government serving 24-square miles of Rush Township.
At a reorganizational meeting held Tuesday, the township welcomed all things new, including a new board majority, administrative staff, solicitor, engineer, road department foreman, secretary/treasurer, new meeting schedule and changes in the police department.
Plus other changes will be coming. It's a whole new Rush Township.
"We'll be changing the logo, too," said Chairman Shawn Gilbert, indicating that plans are under way to involve students age 6 to 18 in designing a logo that will take into consideration the many outstanding attributes of the township.
"We have so much around here, such as the High Bridge," he noted, citing just one example.
Gilbert will oversee a new approach in running a township now entering its 201st year, a task in which he'll be joined by newly elected Supervisor Jeaninne Motroni, who defeated incumbent Chairman Stephen Simchak in last year's election. Motroni also will serve as roadmaster. Also guiding Rush's future will be returning Supervisor Robert Leibensperger, who will serve as vice chairman.
Other major changes include: attorney Chris Reidlinger, Orwigsburg, will replace attorney Robert Yurchak as solicitor at a rate of $100 per hour; Arro Consulting will replace Alfred Benesch & Co. as engineer; and Darlene Fenstermacher will replace Terri Conville as secretary/treasurer at a rate of $13.50 per hour.
Burk & Burk was named solicitor for the zoning hearing board at a rate of $85 per hour.
Police Cpl. Duane Frederick was promoted to sergeant and part-time officers Corey Herring and Adam Sinton were moved to full-time. Additionally, part-time officers will be: Carl Bachert, Richard Bekesy, Scott Kramer, Ryan Rehatchek, Richard Sinton and Peter Wysochansky.
Ted Hafer was named to fill a vacancy board position and Mauch Chunk Trust and Sovereign were named township depositories.
Dennis Rupert will serve as a full-time road department employee and part-timer Elden Neifert will be moved to full-time.
The township also will conduct an audit of finances and moved its regular meetings from the third Tuesday of every month to the third Thursday at 7 p.m., except for the month of January.
William Brior was appointed sewage code enforcement officer at $40 per hour and Bruce Dobash was named assistant.
The compensation for each planning commission member was set at $20 per meeting, zoning hearing board, $10 per meeting; and township auditor, $10 per meeting.
Garbage collection and disposal fees were set at $130; sewer fees for Hometown were set at $172 and for Lake Hauto, $140.
The board appointed Duane Frederick as the alcohol/drug-free workplace supervisor and named the TIMES NEWS as the newspaper for the township.
George Gerhard will serve as the township's computer consulting firm and Precision Design will be the consulting firm for the township website.