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January 2, 2014

Township auditor meeting time in dispute

NEW CASTLE — The Pulaski Township auditors plan to hold their annual meeting at a different time than was advertised.

They intend to meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the municipal building, despite the township’s having advertised the meeting for 7 p.m. that day.

Auditors Dan Abramson and Bruce Clingan say the supervisors never consulted them before setting the meeting time. Both men said they have other commitments that night and prefer to meet at 1 p.m.

The newspaper ad was submitted by the supervisors Dec. 13.

On Dec. 14, Abramson sent an email to the township stating he and Clingan, a newly elected auditor, could not attend at 7 p.m. They asked that the meeting be changed to 1 p.m. the same day.

Supervisor Chairman Sam Varano responded to Abramson in a Dec. 26 letter stating that since the township had already published the ad, auditors would have to pay for any new ad and reimburse the township for the cost of the one already published.

Abramson said he does not intend to pay for another ad. He said supervisors should have checked with auditors before setting the meeting, which he insists will be at 1 p.m. Clingan said he will attend.

Abramson also contends that the supervisors are inconsistent, in that last year, supervisors they moved the auditors’ meeting date from Jan. 8 to Jan. 14 “due to lack of a quorum,” because former auditor Lewis Grell could not attend even though the other two auditors could be there.

 Section 901 of Second Class Township Code states that the board of auditors shall meet annually at the place of meeting of the board of supervisors on the day after the annual organizational meeting of the board of supervisors, and that they shall organize by the election of a chairman and secretary. 

The Pennsylvania Sunshine Act requires the date and time of public meetings to be advertised in a newspaper of general circulation. State law says two of the three supervisors or 2/3 of the members constitute a quorum.

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