FEBRUARY 11, 1993

The Charlestown Board of Supervisors held a special meeting on Thursday, February 11, 1993, for the purpose of setting the compensation of the Township Tax Collector for the next four years. The meeting was held at the Charlestown Elementary School, Charlestown Road, Devault.

Present: Irene W. Ewald, Chairman; John C. Martin, Jr., Vice Chairman; Thomas F. Oeste, Esq.; Ruth W. Buckwalter, Secretary; Andrew Viscuso, Tax Collector and Konrad Surowiec, the Phoenix

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 8:00 pm.

Mr. Martin explained that, under state law, compensation for elected tax collectors must be set before February 15th of the year they run for election. According to an article in the February, 1993, PA. Township News, before township officials change the rate of compensation, they should do three things: 1) find out how their compensation costs compare to other townships, 2) find out why some townships can collect taxes at lower compensation costs, 3) find out if a change in the method and the rate of the compensation is justified and which method or rate would be most cost effective. Mr. Martin noted that our tax collector’s compensation increased dramatically in 1992 because of the Township millage increase. He also gave a comparison of both Schuylkill and East Whiteland Townships’ method of tax collecting and then proposed lowering the compensation from the 4% of previous years to 3% of the amount of taxes collected with a set maximum and minimum plus expenses.

Mrs. Ewald reviewed the “Five year Salary History” report submitted by the Township Treasurer, a copy attached to these minutes, and agreed with Mr. Martin’s proposal.

After further discussion, during which time the cap was set at $8,000, a $5,000 minimum, plus expenses, Mr. Martin moved to approve Resolution #465-93, A RESOLUTION FIXING THE COMPENSATION PAYABLE. TO THE ELECTED TAX COLLECTOR FOR CHARLESTOWN TOWNSHIP FOR THE 1994-1997 TERM OF OFFICE. Mrs. Ewald seconded the motion, it unanimously carried. Mrs. Ewald and Mr. Martin both commended Mr. Viscuso for his performance as Tax Collector for the Township.

The Chairman reported that retiring Fire Chief Robert Dobson, Kimberton Fire Company, being honored at the East Pikeland Fire Company on February 19th and proposed that the Board authorize a Certificate of Appreciation be prepared and signed by the Supervisors to be presented at the appreciation ceremony.

The Chairman noted that the Charlestown Meadows Conditional Use Application has been deferred to the March 1st meeting.

A copy of the Operating License for Solid Waste Collection and Recycling service had been given to each member of the Board for their review. The Chairman gave the go ahead on the use of this form.

All Business completed, Mr. Martin moved to adjourn the meeting, Mrs. Ewald seconded the motion, it carried unanimously. The Chairman adjourned the meeting -8:50 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Ruth W. Buckwalter