by Jonathan Weaver
East Franklin Township’s working supervisor will get a raise in 2017, as will supervisors who work in emergency situations.
Last night at their annual meeting, Auditors Rose Brosius, Karen Zambotti and Sam Daugherty agreed to raise the working supervisor’s per-hour wage by 50 cents to more than $21.
Brosius justified the wage increase since a similar wage increase was given to township employees the night before during reorganization.
Current Working Supervisor David Stewart – the township’s sewage plant operator – was in-attendance of the meeting, as were fellow supervisors Barry Peters and Dan Goldinger.
The working supervisor wage has increased annually – such as from $19.30 per hour in 2014.
Also, the pay rate for as-needed working supervisors was also increased by more than $3.50.
“(In 2016), they were only being paid $14.25 per hour for doing the same job the other part-time employees of this township do and being paid way less,” Brosius said. “I think their pay needs to go up, with the added 50 cents that everybody else got.”
The non-working supervisor pay was approved at $17.85 per hour.
For every 200 hours a non-working supervisor works, they will receive one day’s pay, just as employees receive.
Goldinger previously worked in the township as Roadmaster and used to be the assistant road manager on-call, even though he is a non-working supervisor.
Last year, Stewart’s wage was increased by a dollar to $20.55 per hour and as-needed and part-time supervisors were paid $14.25 per hour. Auditors also agreed last year that supervisors who work more than 40 hours per week will also be entitled to time-and-a-half overtime wages.
The township will again contribute 15 percent of Stewart’s wages into the pension plan.
Zambotti will serve as chairperson this year, with Brosius as secretary.
Auditors are not responsible for a township audit or that of the township fire department. That responsibility goes to Certified Public Accounting firm Cottrill, Arbutina & Associates, which has offices in Beaver, McMurray and Pittsburgh.
That audit is usually approved by the end of April.
Auditors are also not responsible for police wages to Chief William Evans or –part-time Officer Robert Gahagan. Chief Evans is under union contract with the Fraternal Order of Police since he works full-time.