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Changes will affect township personnel

Published April 05. 2011 05:00PM

Penn Forest Township Board of Supervisors regular meeting on Monday night was filled with about 50 residents and employees of the township listening to some changes passed affecting its personnel in to the remainder of the year.

Pay checks to township employees will be issued on the 15th and the 30th of each month. There will be an employee semi-annual review conducted and prepared by an elected Supervisor of the Township. When asked about the procedure of an elected Supervisor conducting employee reviews on work performance, the solicitor said that there was no conflict with an elected official doing so and that he had reviewed the procedure prior to the supervisors approving the measure to gauge employee performance. He didn't think that election time would make any bias in a direction a review could sway affecting an employee review.

Also, Supervisor Judith Knappenberger stated that no salary is contingent based upon the Supervisors review. She stated that there is an Employee Handbook available to explain the procedure and what is expected of employees.

Supervisor Knappenberger obstained from a vote, she said, because of her neice being hired in the Township Building, Office Cleaning, at $10 per hour for four hours, approved.

Supervisor Alan Katz reported that he still has not received Emergency Action Plans (EAP) from Bear Creek Lakes Association or Pleasant Valley West. He said that Hickory Run West has requested postponement until after the Turnpike is completed. He said that wasn't acceptable and that it would be better if they could deliver a current EAP and address changes in their Emergency Plans later on after the Turnpike is installed on 903.

Public Comment by Bill Allison addressed the expressed need at the present time at Dimmick Memorial Library in Jim Thorpe because much funding has been reduced and many patrons reside in a larger area of Penn Forest, many who use the Library as a resource for employment search, in addition to other available community resources, the library is currently requesting the township's help with funding or volunteering suggestions.

Towamensing Trails has established an agreement, according to Supervisor Paul Montemuro, that residents will be permitted to purchase tickets from Towamensing Trails Homeowners Association to dispose of their trash at a rate of $1 per regular size bag, $2 for a construction size bag, and $3 per trash can.

Additionally, Towamensing Trails Maintenance department will go out on Mondays to pick up trash at Stony Mountain Road from Lipo Way to Lang Way and Old Stage Road from Route 903 to Stony Mountain Road.

Residents are advised that discharging water from sump pumps onto Township Roads is not permitted.

The Meeting Agenda will be made available by 12 p.m. for distribution on the Friday before the meeting see Township Secretary Lynne Humphries.

A special meeting of township supervisors will be held on April 21 to appoint a new Engineer and a Resolution to set new sewage fees.

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