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Applicants Sought for Township Supervisor

While Pat Fabian was elected the next Armstrong County commissioner, it will leave a void as a Manor Township supervisor that must be filled by his fellow supervisors. (KP File Photo)

by Jonathan Weaver

Pat Fabian’s election Tuesday as the newest Armstrong County commissioner effective this January will leave a Manor Township vacancy.

Supervisor Chair James McGinnis explained how soon township supervisors have to fill Fabian’s local seat.

“Whenever (Fabian) turns in (his) resignation, the board will have 30 days to appoint someone from the effective date of the resignation,” McGinnis said. “We have until February to appoint somebody.”

Fabian said he has learned much during his four years as a supervisor.

“I had no aspiration to use Manor Township as a stepping stone to follow a political career – my only aspirations four years ago was to follow my community and help run the township more effectively,” Fabian said. “Through that process, I’ve gained a lot of experience, a lot of knowledge on how townships work financially, how the budget system works and how County government interacts with township business.”

While Fabian initially thought he would not formally resign until the end of the calendar year, he will have more conversations with McGinnis and Rearick whether it is better for him to resign sooner.

Fabian will also begin transitioning his Family Counseling Center clients – which he estimated takes about two months.

Township Resident Bill McMaster already submitted his letter of interest before last night’s public meeting.

McMaster said he has wanted to apply since Fabian announced his county commissioner candidacy in hopes of following up to Fabian’s groundwork.

“I agree with almost everything that (Fabian’s) done,” McMaster said.

Rearick said he will look for “someone who’s dedicated to making the township better.”

“My plan is to interview each and every interested person,” Rearick said.

Rearick saw Fabian’s election as a positive step for the entire county.

“Hopefully, he can take what he has brought to the township and take it to the next level. I think we’ve made some great strides in the past four years here, and hopefully that will carry over to what he does (at the County),” Rearick said.

Township Foreman Bob Southworth will also step in as supervisor this January after being elected to McGinnis’ seat Tuesday.

In January, local residents will also be appointed to fill vacancies on the Manor Township Joint Municipal Authority board, the vacancy board, as the TCC (Tax Collection Committee) delegate and alternate and the UCC (Uniform Construction Code) board.

Grant Kanish currently serves as chairman of the joint municipal authority, Ed Germy as chairman of the vacancy board, Val Huston as TCC delegate, Township Secretary Jill Davis as alternate and Dr. Schweitzer as the UCC representative.

Supervisors plan to publicize the available vacancies again next month.

Manor Township Prepared to Approve Tentative Budget

Township supervisors worked on the more than half-dozen different local budgets during the past three weeks and now plan to adopt a tentative budget to allow for public inspection at the beginning of November. (KP File Photo)

by Jonathan Weaver

At their November regular meeting, Manor Township supervisors are prepared to present their 2016 funding plan.

Supervisors held three budget workshops during the past three weeks to prepare the General Fund and other budgets before the end of the calendar year.

Monday morning, Supervisor Chair James McGinnis, Vice-Chair Paul Rearick and Supervisor Pat Fabian completed their process by discussing the volunteer fire department budget (since taxpayers contribute via a mill of taxes annually) and salaries to employees (including Secretary-Treasurer Jill Davis, Police Chief Mike Karabin and other part-time police officers and road workers.

All employees are slated to receive raises this coming year.

After discussions yesterday, part-time Chief Karabin and part-time police officers will receive a .75 cent raise in their hourly wage, while Road Foreman Bob Southworth and road workers will receive a .50 wage.

Chief Karabin is slated to earn $16.86 per hour, Sgt. Terry Bish $16.09 per hour and the part-time officers will earn $15.68 per hour.

“Whether you’re a full-time policeman or a part-time policeman, you can face the same dangers while you’re out there,” Rearick said.

Supervisors scheduled and budgeted for 320 coverage hours per month.

Secretary Davis, who is the only of the bunch that works full-time, will receive a $1.17 raise to earn the same amount as Southworth.

If no more changes are made, Southworth is slated to earn $19.54 per hour, his assistant $19.12 per hour and the other employees $18.87 per hour.

In addition to the hourly wage, employees receive healthcare benefits but are not under a pension plan.

“My goal at the end of the day is to continue to pay for all our employees’ healthcare without putting that on the taxpayers,” Fabian said.
Even with the raises to all employees, township supervisors are slated to spend less than $1 million after they had about $1.5 million available.

With the tentative adoption the first week of November and soon-to-be available for public inspection, supervisors could adopt their final 2016 budget at their regular meeting December 2.