New Castle News

January 31, 2014

Neshannock hires sewer employee

Nancy Lowry
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Nadine Dorr has been hired as secretary/treasurer for the Neshannock Township sewer department.

She will be paid $15.87 per hour, effective Monday.

The township supervisors this week announced they have reopened the 2014 budget. The document is available for inspection at the township building. It will be adopted by the supervisors at a special meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 10.

On Dec. 30, the supervisors approved a $7.23 million budget with no tax hike or sewer rate increase.

The new budget maintains the total figures, but moves money within the spending plan to reflect changes made during the Jan. 6 reorganizational meeting.

This includes transferring $47,000 from the capital improvements account, initially earmarked for a new salt shed, to fund the salary of new director of public works, filled by Joe Gierlach, supervisor chairman.

Other line item transfers made include:

•$6,000 from salary of transcriptionist — which was eliminated from the budget — and $1,000 from supervisors’ hospitalization/benefits for the salary of the secretary/treasurer

•$15,000 from supervisors’ benefits to employee benefits. Gierlach, who already takes these benefits as a supervisor, now receives the same benefits as a township employee.

•$47,000 will be taken from a $100,0000 unanticipated wage tax payment for 2013 and earmarked for a new salt shed. The remaining $53,000 will be split between the road and sewer departments.

Gierlach reported that since taking the public works post he has met with police, road, sewer, park and office departments, organized a maintenance schedule for Pearson Park and the Hess Ice rink, and addressed a sewer line problem on Rosedale Avenue.

He also proposed spending $4,985 to provide a tempered glass screen for the office. This not only will serve to improve security but could reduce building heating and cooling costs.

Gierlach and supervisor Steve Demofonte also agreed to investigate the cost of a tape dubbing or transcribing machine, as requested by Supervisor Ed Stevens.

Stevens, who voted against approving minutes of the Jan. 6 meeting, said he wants a copy of the tape or a typed transcript of meetings, including the Jan. 7 meeting of the township auditors. Those minutes, he was told, will not be approved until the auditors meet again in January 2015.

Despite single-digit temperatures, more than 30 people attended the meeting. This included almost all members of the police department and members of the Neshannock and other communities who do business with the police department.

At their reorganizational meeting, the supervisors tabled a proposal to reinstate a director of public safety position to oversee the police and fire departments. That measure remains tabled.

At the Jan. 6 meeting, Lt. John Rand, officer-in-charge of the department since former police superintendent Phil Carlo resigned in 2010, said he would be interested in the post.