Longtime board member resigns
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Schuylkill Township Board of Supervisors and staff members say goodbye to longtime supervisor Maureen Vanek, seated, as she retires from the board. Standing, left to right, are Police Chief Jesse Zimmerman, Supervisors Charles Hosler and Linda DeCindio, Township treasurer/secretary Mary Bubel, and code enforcement officer Dan DeCindio.
Schuylkill Township will be losing a dedicated member of its board of supervisors at the end of this month.
Supervisor Maureen Vanek read her letter of resignation at last night's meeting. Citing health reasons, she said that it has been an honor to serve the residents of the township as their supervisor for 13 years. Prior to that she served as the township's tax collector for 12 years.
Vanek also thanked the other members of the board and the township's staff for their help, support and friendship over the years. Vanek's resignation is effective as of Dec. 31. The remaining supervisors will approve the resignation at next month's meeting and will look to fill the spot on the board for the remainder of Vanek's term.
In other business, solicitor Michael Greek advised the supervisors that he had been contacted by Material Matters, the company that has been looking into dumping biosolid sludge in the township, to see if the supervisors have acted upon any additional ordinances related to biosolid dumping. Greek advised the supervisors to hold the line and continue to urge legislators to change the state laws regulating the dumping.
Supervisors also approved the final budget for 2011, based on the preliminary budget that was passed last month. There will be no tax or garbage fee increase. The new budget totals $414,300 in revenue and $402,000 in expenditures. Township secretary/treasurer Mary Bubel advised the board that the civil hearings on delinquent garbage fees will be held on Dec. 14 at the magistrate's office.
Supervisors also submitted a request for CDBG funding in the amount of $30,000 for the Tuscarora Fire Company. The supervisors are also reviewing a plan to possibly increase the amount of hours of police coverage in the township by sharing resources with Ryan Township and the borough of Middleport. According to Chairman Linda DeCindio, it would not cost the township any additional funding, but the three entities would work on scheduling their part-time officers on alternate shifts so that an officer would be available more frequently. DeCindio said that the plan is still in the discussion phase and there are no immediate plans to change the current coverage.