CHARLESTOWN TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
The Charlestown Township Board of Supervisors held their annual reorganization meeting on Tuesday, January 3, 1995, at the Charlestown Elementary School, Charlestown Road, Devault.
|Present:||John C. Martin, Jr., Chairman; John B. Sauser, Vice Chairman; Irene W. Ewald, Member; Surender S. Kohli, P.E.; Thomas F. Oeste, Esq.; Ruth W. Buckwalter, Secretary; those on the attached list of attendees and others.|
The Chairman called the meeting to order at 8:00 pm.
The Chairman opened the nominations and nominated John Martin for Chairman and John Sauser for Vice Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. The motion was seconded by Mr. Sauser and carried unanimously.
Mr. Martin moved to appoint Surender Kohli as Township Engineer and Dennis Hiller as Roadmaster. The motion was seconded by Mr. Sauser and carried unanimously.
Mr. Martin moved to appoint Surender Kohli as Building Inspector and Zoning Officer. The motion was seconded by Mr. Sauser and carried unanimously.
Mr. Martin moved to appoint Fred Alston as Fire Marshal. The motion was seconded by Mr. Sauser and carried unanimously.
Mr. Martin moved to appoint Ruth Buckwalter as Secretary and Linda Csete as Treasurer. The motion was seconded by Mr. Sauser and carried unanimously.
Mr. Martin moved to appoint the firm of Lamb, Windle and McErlane as Township Solicitor, James McErlane as lead counselor. The motion was seconded by Mr. Sauser and carried unanimously.
Mr. Sauser nominated Charles A. Philips for the longer of the two terms left vacant on the Planning Commission by the resignation of Ned Hasselquist and John Foster and he nominated Richard Homitz to fill the shorter term. Mrs. Ewald noted that there were 4 applicants for the positions on the Planning Commission and she moved to appoint Charles Philips to the Planning Commission and to table the second nomination until the other 4 applicants can be screened by the full Board. Mr. Sauser seconded the motion to approve the appointment of Charles Philips and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Sauser requested the Parks & Recreation Board appointment be deferred because he was unaware of any vacancy on this Board.
Mr. Martin moved to appoint Helena van Vliet to serve on the Historical Architectural Review Board. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Ewald and unanimously carried.
The Chairman deferred appointments for the Historic Commission.
Mrs. Ewald moved to appoint John Garvin to the Vacancy Board for a one year term. The motion was seconded by Mr. Martin and unanimously carried.
The Chairman noted that there are 2 vacancies on the Valley Forge Sewer Authority: one for the 6 member Board and one for the joint Board. Mr. Sauser nominated Thomas R. Babcz to the VFSA 6 member Board. Mr. Martin seconded the nomination of Mr. Babcz for a five year term. Messrs Martin and Sauser voted aye, Mrs. Ewald opposed on the basis of a possible conflict of interest.
Mrs. Ewald moved to reappoint John DiLello to a three year term on the Zoning Hearing Board. The motion was seconded by Mr. Martin and unanimously carried.
No action was taken on the Municipal Authority.
Mr. Martin moved to approve the 1995 rates of pay for the Township Secretary, Treasurer, Planning Commission Secretary and the Roadmaster. Mrs. Ewald seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Martin moved to approve Dennis Hiller as the animal control officer. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Ewald and unanimously carried.
The Chairman read Resolution #495-95, providing fire, ambulance and police protection for the Township, and moved for approval. Mrs. Ewald seconded the motion which carried unanimously. Mrs. Ewald reported on an article in the Daily Local News that stated the County Commissioners are looking to assume the responsibilities for ambulance service region allocation and she stated that this was exceeding their authority; that this authority is clearly in the hands of the Township. She requested the Chairman to communicate with the County Commissioners on this issue. Mr. Oeste agreed with Mrs. Ewald that the Townships have this authority.
The Chairman proposed the first Monday of each month and, if necessary, the third Monday of the month, as the 1995 meeting dates for the Board.
The Chairman moved to adjourn the Reorganization Meeting. The motion was seconded by Mr. Sauser and so carried. The meeting adjourned at 8:30pm.