Category: East Franklin

East Franklin Township Auditors Issue Wage Increases

 

Auditors Rose Brosius, Karen Zambotti and Sam Daugherty met briefly last night at the township municipal office building along Cherry Orchard Avenue.

Auditors Rose Brosius, Karen Zambotti and Sam Daugherty met briefly last night at the township municipal office building along Cherry Orchard Avenue.

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.

East Franklin Police Car Donated to Lenape Tech

A photo of the police car before East Franklin Township decals and radios were removed. Most of the equipment was left attached for student training. (KP File Photo)

A photo of the police car before East Franklin Township decals and radios were removed. Most of the equipment was left attached for student training. (KP File Photo)

by Jonathan Weaver

A former East Franklin Township police car is now in the hands of a local school.

In October, township supervisors agreed to donate the 2006 Ford Crown Victoria to Lenape Technical School in Manor Township, but due to scheduling, it wasn’t until last month that Lenape Tech Joint Operating Committee members could approve of that donation – which they unanimously did.

The vehicle is to help educate Law Enforcement Information Technology students, Administrative Director Karen Brock said.

“(Township supervisors) are leaving this equipped for the kids – that is very nice,” Brock said. “We’re ecstatic, because the one we have is very old and because they changed the program of study and NOCTI exam to where (students) actually have to use a cruiser as part of their assessment. So, when enrollment is large for seniors, having two cruisers allow us to get more students done at one time.”

Lenape Tech Administrative Director Karen Brock said the donation will greatly assist Law Enforcement Information Technology students.

Lenape Tech Administrative Director Karen Brock said the donation will greatly assist Law Enforcement Information Technology students.

The vehicle – which police officers drove more than 102,800 miles – will not be driven from Lenape Tech’s property.

Township supervisors started receiving bids on the vehicle at the beginning of August, with a minimum bid of $1,000, after a 2016 Ford Explorer was received August 1.

But, only one bid of $600 was received by the end of September, so supervisors decided to donate the Ford Crown Victoria following the school’s interest.

As well as receiving the police cruiser, Joint Operating Committee members from Apollo-Ridge, Armstrong, Freeport and Leechburg school boards approved the purchase of a 2017 GMC Acadia seven passenger van from Walker Motor Company in Kittanning.

Brock explained the frame to Lenape Tech’s former van, which was 15 years old and used to transport students to community service projects, was “completely rusted.”

The new $30,000 van will be purchased via the state cooperative purchasing program, COSTARS, utilizing supplemental equipment grant funds plus available matching funds that were budgeted this school year.