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East Penn Twp. supervisors abolish position of police administrator

Published April 04. 2012 05:01PM

The agenda was nearly completed at the April 2 meeting of the East Penn Township supervisors when Supervisor Jake Nothstein said he had an issue he wanted to bring up.

At the March meeting police administrator Herb Truhe said there would be major changes in the police department. However, when the supervisors wanted to meet with him he was never available.

Nothstein said the position of police administrator should be abolished and the contract canceled. The former administrator's benefits should end when a new payment is due. The benefits are valued at $18,000 annually.

In its place, Nothstein and Supervisor John Strockoz will be on a police administrative committee.

On Tuesday morning the TIMES NEWS received a copy of the contract. It was effective June 1, 2008. In lieu of wages or a salary Truhe was to receive health care benefits for himself and his family. There was to be no co-pay. He was given the discretion to set his own hours. He was to do non-manual work related to management policies and the general police operations of East Penn.

The final sentence reads, "This agreement is terminable at will of either Truhe and/or East Penn."

In other business:

Road material bids were opened March 27. Four bids were awarded to Hansen Aggregates and the remainder went to Lehigh Asphalt.

Under public comment, Joe Ehritz said Hollow Road is so badly rutted that it should be filled with modified stone rather than paving. He asked if anything was heard in the two court cases: Troxell or Lehigh Asphalt. Nothing has been, said solicitor Jim Nanovic.

Michael Bench said he was running for president of the United States and began giving his platform when he was reminded public comment is for asking questions.

Joe Houser, a lifetime resident of the county and a Carbon County Parks Commissioner, asked the township to fill out applications to hire kids for summer jobs. They can do menial work and since they are a minimum of 16-years-old, they can use some equipment.

Houser said the applications are quite simple. The township is only committed to attend a meeting to learn more about the program, which is federal and state funded. Because of that, some of the criteria change annually.

The youths do not need supervision 100 percent of the time. They could work with a member of the road crew or have someone else stop by several times a day. Of the 100 that have been placed over the years only three have caused problems and lost the position.

"If you want to receive one of these young people, it's up to you - apply," said Houser.

Bids will be advertised for road projects and for fuel: 5,000 gallons of propane, 4,000 gallons of heating oil, 7,000 gallons of gasoline and 8,500 gallons of low sulfur diesel fuel.

Hanover Engineering will forward an Act 537 planning assistance grant application to the Department of Environmental Protection.

All volunteers who work in the township will have to sign a release form.

Engineer Bruce Steigerwalt was authorized to survey the rec fields along Blue Mountain Road.

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