On The Record ...

A township position that had generated controversy was restored Wednesday to the employee who formerly held it.

The Neshannock supervisors unanimously appointed Leslie Bucci, township secretary/treasurer, as open records officer until the end of the year. They had accepted the resignation of Sandra Snyder from the unpaid position because of health reasons.

Snyder was appointed to the position earlier this year, with no reason given as to why Bucci could not continuing in the post. She had held the job since the position was created by state law in 2009. Frequently, municipalities designate their secretary as open records officer.

The appointments, tabled on three previous occasions, were approved by a 2-1 vote.

There was no discussion Wednesday other than Supervisor Ralph Sheen Jr. indicating Bucci’s appointment is just until the end of the year and could be temporary.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, the supervisors:

•Approved buying a 2012 Chevy Caprice police cruiser for $26,581 through a state purchasing program. Lt. John Rand said the traditional police-equipped Ford Crown Victoria models have been discontinued and Ford and Dodge now offer smaller police vehicles. He said the new car will replace one with more than 200,000 miles.

•Authorized preparing and advertising a grinder pump ordinance in preparation for a proposed Highland Park and Blues Acres sanitary sewer project that would serve about 100 households. Supervisor Ed Stevens said the county is trying to help the township obtain funding but none has been approved yet.

•Approved a lock box ordinance in which local businesses provide a key that the township’s volunteer fire company can access electronically in case of an emergency. Any business interested in participating should contact the fire department. Thirteen businesses already have taken advantage of the service which costs about $300, according to Capt. David Congini.

•Heard from Congini that a new Seagrave 2012 pumper will be on the road soon. It brings the township’s fire fleet to three pumpers and seven other firefighting apparatus. Congini said the truck was purchased with money set aside annually for equipment.


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