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February 7, 2013

Pulaski Township sets road limit, pay guidelines

NEW CASTLE — The Pulaski Township supervisors approved ordinances updating compensation, establishing a central booking location and setting a road weight limit.

One ordinance sets a 10-ton limit on Mercer Road. Supervisor Lori Sniezek, who is also township secretary, said the road is expected to be posted this week.

She said Mercer Road, which extends from Route 208 to the Mercer County line, has seen additional large truck traffic recently because of Shell Oil hauling fracking water from its well site.

She said the supervisors fear the additional heavy truck traffic will cause the road to break down.

The compensation ordinance requires supervisors to attend regular municipal meetings in order to continue to collect their $1,875 salary. However, the amended ordinance includes exceptions. Supervisors may miss meetings and continue to draw their pay if they are hospitalized or if there is a death in their immediate family. The amended ordinance also excuses supervisors for one non-hospitalizing illness per year.

Previously, elected supervisors were paid if they attended meetings or not.

This change affects supervisors who take office after this year, not sitting supervisors.

Township supervisors serve staggered six-year terms. The term of Gary Carna, appointed in November to complete the term of former supervisor David DeJohn, expires Dec. 31.

The central booking ordinance includes Pulaski Township with 18 other municipalities to establish a processing center at the New Castle police station to deal with those arrested by participating police departments. The center is expected to streamline the procedure following arrests.

Participating municipalities are Bessemer, New Wilmington, SNPJ, South New Castle and Volant boroughs and the townships of Hickory, Mahoning, Neshannock, North Beaver, Plain Grove, Pulaski, Scott, Shenango, Slippery Rock, Taylor, Union, Washington and Wilmington.

The supervisors also set $3,500 as compensation for the township’s elected real estate tax collector, effective Jan. 1, 2014.

In other business, the supervisors:

•Waived member contributions to the police pension plan for 2013 and 2014, and agreed to borrow $26,062 to purchase a new police vehicle.

•Appointed Mourice Waltz as zoning officer at $400 per month.

•Approved a bid for 500 tons of road salt through Costars for next winter.

•Executed an agreement with Discovery Acquisition Services for a seismic permit to lay a cable line at the Pulaski ball fields, New Bedford park and ball fields and cemetery property on Topper Hill Road.

•Accepted the resignation of police officer Deacon Smolleck, as of Jan. 26. The township has four officers, two full-time and two-part-time. This part-time position will be filled.

•Named Joe Goodge as vacancy board chairman.

•Authorized the shredding and disposal of selected township government records from 2001 to 2005.

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