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Same leadership in Lower Towamensing Twp.

  • TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Those who will comprise the Lower Towamensing Township Board of Supervisors this year include (l-r) Todd Solt, vice chairman, Ron Walbert, chairman, and Jesse Mendez, supervisor.
    TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Those who will comprise the Lower Towamensing Township Board of Supervisors this year include (l-r) Todd Solt, vice chairman, Ron Walbert, chairman, and Jesse Mendez, supervisor.
Published January 05. 2011 05:00PM

Lower Towamensing Township will continue to run under the same leadership.

Supervisor Ron Walbert was reappointed chairman, while Supervisor Todd Solt was reappointed vice chairman at the township's reorganizational meeting on Monday.

Also as part of its reorganizational meeting, supervisors:

• Appointed Christine Wentz as secretary/treasurer at a salary of $35,700 for the year 2010. As part of her benefits, Wentz will receive 10 days paid vacation, 12 paid holidays, pension, and no paid lunch time.

• Appointed Jillyan Sterling as part-time assistant secretary.

• Appointed attorney Jim Nanovic as solicitor.

• Appointed Duane Dellecker as zoning officer.

• Appointed Carbon Engineering as the engineering firm.

• Appointed Ron Tirpak/Carbon Engineering as engineering firm for Act 537.

• Appointed Barry Wentz Sr. as chairman of the vacancy board.

• Appointed Supervisor Jesse Mendez as state convention voting delegate.

• Appointed Rory Koons as civil defense and emergency management.

• Appointed Spotts, Stevens & McCoy as sewage enforcement officer and well enforcement officer.

• Appointed Holly Heintzelman as zoning hearing board solicitor.

• Appointed James Ord, Keith George and James DeRosa to the zoning hearing board.

• Appointed Janice Mack to a three-year term, James Sheckler and Jay Mullikin to two-year terms, and Angela Farrel and Peter Terp to one-year terms.

• Appointed Charles Shupp as township road foreman. Shupp will be responsible to call out road crew at his discretion. The position is part time.

• Appointed Kathy Wallace as assistant road foreman/administrative.

• Approved a motion to employ elected supervisors as casual employees to perform work on the roads when necessary and/or needed on a call-out basis at the discretion of the township road foreman.

• Approved a motion to recommend to the township's Board of Auditors the supervisors pay and benefits for those supervisors hired as township employees.

• Appointed Shupp, Wallace, Darrell Costenbader, Tim George and Tom Scharpf as part-time employees.

• Appointed Leon Borger as a casual employee.

• Agreed to set the non-elected employees, part-time and casual employee compensation at $15.35 per hour regular time laborer and/or CDL driver; $16.05 an hour for the road foreman, and $15.55 for the assistant road foreman.

• Agreed to set the benefits for part-time employees and part-time employed supervisors after employee has worked 1,000 hours or more in the current calendar year at 10 paid vacation days; $100 shoe allowance reimbursement with presentation of receipt; a 30-minute paid lunch; and paid holidays on New Year's Day, Presidents Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and employees' birthday. Part-time employees must work the week of the holiday to receive the holiday pay. All employees will receive a 2-percent increase. These wages were approved with the 2011 budget.

• Agreed to set the benefits for casual employees that after every 100 hours worked, the employee will receive two hours paid vacation; a $100 shoe allowance with presentation of receipt; and a 30-minute paid lunch.

• Set the treasure's bond at $750,000, or 100-percent of all funds, to be checked and verified by Nanovic.

• Approved depositories for township funds to First National Bank of Palmerton and PLIGIT.

• Assigned Signature Authority that states the township secretary/treasurer must sign every obligation and every check. A second and third signature of a designated supervisor shall be required on every check as follows: Ronald Walbert, Jesse Mendez and Todd Solt.

• Agreed to set the mileage rate at .50 cents per mile.

• Agreed to set the expense allowance for State Convention, which includes, mileage, room and registration expenses, to be paid by the township. Other allowances will be $50 per day for four days. Those who attend will be compensated at his/her regular hourly wage for four days attendance at the convention.

• Renewed the snow removal and police protection agreement with Palmerton Borough.

• Adopted a resolution for the 2011 fee schedule.

• Agreed to continue to hold the township's board of supervisors regular meeting at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the township municipal building.

• Agreed to hold the township's board of supervisors reorganizational meeting at 3 p.m. Jan. 2, 2012.

At the end of the reorganization, resident Pete Terp lauded supervisors, and said he believes the township is headed in the right direction.

"I'd like to give an atta boy; I think this is the best shape its ever been in," Terp said. "I'm proud of how you all have turned this around."

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