Much Remains The Same In 2018 For Dorrance Twp.

“More of the same” seems to have been the theme of Dorrance Township’s reorganization meeting on Jan. 2.

Gary Zane remains chairman of the board of supervisors. Bill Wengrzynek is vice president, and Kevin Gallagher also continues as a supervisor and as overseer of roads.

Pat Davis was reappointed as township and planning commission secretary and Todd Badman as roadmaster. Don Karpowich was reappointed as solicitor for both the township supervisors and the planning commission.

William Brior of Brior Environmental was reappointed sewage enforcement officer and Samantha Brior as alternate. Code Inspections Inc. was reappointed as building permit and code enforcement agency and Alan Snelson as zoning officer.

Zane and Wengrzynek were named to the Mountaintop Area COG.

Pennoni Associates continues as township engineer on an as-needed basis, and Alfred Benesch & Co. is the alternate engineer.

Gwen Sakowski was reappointed as EMA coordinator. Sakowski and Dorrine Engler were named auditors. William Heller was appointed vacancy board member. Stanley Witinski and Ben Ostrowski were appointed to the zoning hearing board, and Tony McDonald was named solicitor for the zoning hearing board on an as-needed basis at $125 per hour. Gallagher was named to the planning commission for a 1-year term.

Wages were approved as follows: $15.33 per hour for starting equipment operators/truck drivers, $19.15 per hour for equipment operators/truck drivers with one or more years of service, $19.40 for driver/equipment operator/ mechanics, $20.40 for roadmaster, $8.75 per hour for recycling attendants and $37,000 per year for the secretary. All employees continue to be required to contribute 5 percent toward their medical insurance.

Mileage will be reimbursed at 54.5 cents per mile.

Employee holidays are New Year’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Veterans Day, the first day of buck season, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

First Keystone National Bank continues to hold the township’s bank accounts.

Millage remains 0.75 for 2018, and the tax collector’s commission rate is 4 percent. Earned income tax remains at ½ percent and amusement tax at 5 percent of 40 percent of gross green fee revenues.

Kelly Haffner was appointed deputy tax collector, and Berkheimer is collection agent for earned income tax at 1.48 percent commission and local services tax at 2.05 percent commission.

Meeting dates were set as follows: Supervisor meetings at 7 p. m. on the second Monday of each month and planning commission meetings as needed at 7 p. m. on the third Monday of each month at the township building. When meetings fall on holidays, they’ll be held the following day. Budget meetings will be set at supervisors’ discretion during the last quarter of the year.

Following the reorganization, supervisors held their monthly meeting, where little business needed to be conducted due to the holidays.

Supervisors adopted the first resolution of 2018 amending the schedule of zoning fees. Some fees were increased, but the main reason for the amendment was to require companies performing road cuts to put up a bond so that if they damage the roads, the township will have recourse to get the roads fixed without needing to use township funds.

Supervisors also voted to allow Mountaintop Little League to use the baseball and softball fields from March through October.