CHARLESTOWN TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
The Charlestown Township Board of Supervisors held their annual reorganization meeting on Tuesday, January 2, 1996 at the Charlestown Elementary School, Charlestown Road, Devault, Pa.
|John B. Sauser, Vice Chairman, Irene W. Ewald, Member, Robin J. Kohn, Member, Surender S. Kohli, P.E., Linda M. Csete, Secretary, and those on the attached attendee list.|
The Vice Chairman called the meeting to order at 8:00 P.M.
The Vice Chairman opened the nominations for Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. Mr. Kohn nominated John Sauser. Mrs. Ewald seconded, and the motion carried.
Mr. Sauser nominated Mr. Kohn for Vice Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. Mrs. Ewald seconded and the motion carried.
Mr. Sauser moved to re-appoint Stephen Winckelman to the Valley Forge Sewer Authority for another five year term. Mr. Kohn seconded. Two were in favor and one opposed.
Mr. Sauser moved to re-appoint Harry Nagel to the Zoning Hearing Board for another three year term. Mrs. Ewald seconded and the motion carried.
Mrs. Ewald moved to re-appoint Alfred Zeigler to the Planning Commission for another four year term. Mr. Sauser seconded and the motion carried.
Mr. Sauser moved to appoint Michael Allen to the Planning Commission for a four year term. Mr. Kohn seconded and the motion carried.
Mr. Kohn nominated Marcia Solda to fill the remaining two years of the four year appointment left open after Ray Ott’s retirement from the Planning Commission. Mrs. Ewald nominated Bill Davison to this position on the Planning Commission Board. Mr. Sauser seconded Mrs. Ewald’s nomination of Bill Davison and the motion carried.
Mr. Sauser stated that there has been some discrepancy with appointments and expired terms for the Parks & Recreation Board. Mrs. Ewald suggested that appointments to these three positions be tabled until the next meeting.
Mr. Sauser nominated Elizabeth R. Howard to the Vacancy Board. Mrs. Ewald seconded and the motion carried.
Mr. Sauser moved to re-appoint the firm of Lamb, Windle & McErlane as legal counsel for the Board of Supervisors and James E. McErlane as Lead Counselor. Mrs. Ewald seconded and the motion carried.
Mr. Sauser moved to re-appoint Surender S. Kohli, P.E. as Township Engineer. Mrs. Ewald seconded and the motion carried.
Mr. Sauser moved to re-appoint Mr. Kohli on an interim basis to the positions of Zoning Officer and Building Inspector while the Board considers other options. Mrs. Ewald seconded and the motion carried.
Mr. Sauser moved to re-appoint Frederick C. Alston as Fire Marshal. Mrs. Ewald seconded and all were in favor.
Mr. Sauser stated that he wished to see the Roadmaster position filled with an individual possessing a strong background and extensive experience in road management and construction. Mr. Sauser then moved to appoint Clarence Rittenbaugh to the position of Roadmaster. Mrs. Ewald moved to table this matter for discussion until the next meeting. Mr. Sauser stated he wished to complete the matter immediately. Mrs. Ewald asked Mr. Rittenbaugh if he had a conflict of interest due to his ownership of a road construction company. Mr. Rittenbaugh stated that he retired from his company on Nov. 8, 1995 and that it was turned over to his son. Mr. Kohn seconded the motion of Mr. Rittenbaugh as Roadmaster. Two were in favor and one was opposed. Mr. Sauser then stated that Mr. Rittenbaugh will be unavailable until February 1st due to a vacation he has planned and asked Mr. Hiller to finalize his activities during the month of January.
Mr. Sauser stated that he has heard concerns from several residents over the fact that the Secretary-Treasurer is not a Township resident. Therefore, he moved to re-appoint Linda Csete as Secretary-Treasurer with the understanding that interested Township residents would continue to be considered for this position. Mr. Kohn seconded and the motion carried.
Mr. Sauser stated that the remaining appointments would be considered at the next meeting.
There was no appointment for the position of Land Planner.
Mr. Sauser read Resolution #507-96 setting the depositories for the Township for 1996 in its entirety and moved for its approval. Mr. Kohn seconded and the motion carried.
Mr. Sauser read Resolution #508-96 naming the emergency service providers for 1996 and the contact people within each organization and moved for its approval. Mrs. Ewald seconded and all were in favor.
Mr. Sauser moved to set the Board of Supervisors meetings on the first and third Mondays of each month, with the third Monday meeting to be held on an as-needed basis. Mr. Kohn seconded and the motion carried. The Secretary was directed to place the advertisement of the 1996 meeting schedule as required by law.
Mr. Sauser moved to adjust the budget to re-allocate the amounts for the Roadmaster’s salary and expenses and to make the expenses reimbursable for actual costs incurred including mobile phone and $.30 per mile for mileage. The Roadmaster Salary budget item #430.11 would increase from $3,300 to $6,600 and the Expense budget item #430.12 would decrease from $5,200 to $1,900 for the same combined total of $8,500. Mr. Kohn seconded the motion. Two were in favor and one was opposed.
Mr. Sauser moved to adjust the budget for the Secretary-Treasurer’s expenses to reflect actual costs incurred as opposed to a standard distribution. Ms. Ewald stated that the budget was set up in this manner as part of the total compensation to the Secretary-Treasurer. She moved to combine the $1,224 now itemized in the expense category with the salary of $24,480.00 and allow itemized expenses to be reimbursed separately. Mr. Kohn seconded Mrs. Ewald’s motion and two were in favor and one opposed. Mr. Sauser moved to look into the duties and performance of the Secretary-Treasurer. Mrs. Ewald seconded. No vote was taken.
Mr. Sauser moved to adjourn the Reorganization meeting. Mrs. Ewald seconded and the motion carried. The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 P.M.