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West Penn Township in good fiscal health

Published September 22. 2010 05:00PM

With revenue and expenses right on track, West Penn Township is fiscally healthy, but supervisors on Tuesday agreed to lay off two part-time road workers just to make sure ends will meet until the end of the year.

While the township is on solid financial footing, supervisors have yet to lock in on prices for gasoline and heating fuel, both of which have to be bought via bids. The workers, who earn $14.25 an hour, can be called back if the township needs them for specific work.

Township officials met to take a fiscal snapshot of the municipality to make sure there is enough money in the bank to pay the bills through Dec. 31.

There is, they found, about $726,000 left in township coffers.

"As far as all our ending balances to the end of the year, we have approximately three-quarters of a million dollars," said supervisors Chairman Al Martinez. "That should be more than enough to get us into the new year, with a reserve."

Martinez, along with Vice Chairman David Zeigler, Supervisor James Akins, road crew group leader Jeremy Frable and secretary Susan K. Gibiser went over a budget comparison composed by treasurer Karen Wittig.

Prior to the budget review, supervisors held a public meeting to discuss plans to update the township's zoning and land use ordinances. The meeting drew dozens of people, many concerned about the role Eastern Schuylkill Planning Region may play in the update. Some residents volunteered to serve on a committee that would help steer the revamping.

Supervisors must decide wether the township will involve ESP in the update, or go it alone and bear the full cost. Martinez said the cost has yet to be determined.

The zoning ordinance was last updated in the 1990s.

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