Exeter Township’s Treasurer’s Report questioned

EXETER TWP., Pa. – Earlier than he retired, Exeter Township Supervisor David Hughes was an auditor. At Monday evening’s assembly, he put this expertise to make use of, main an in depth evaluation of the township’s month-to-month treasurer’s report.

Hughes identified what he famous as a number of discrepancies and potential issues. He stated gadgets for engineering evaluation and constructing repairs had been budgeted for $20,000 for the 12 months, and $19,000 had been spent up to now. Many different gadgets had been additionally at or almost over finances with 10 months left within the 12 months, he stated.

When he completed, Hughes stated, “For the primary time I’ve ever seen it occur, we have really gone by way of the treasurer’s report.”

Later within the assembly, Hughes made feedback to Chairperson Carl Staples about how the supervisors’ assembly agendas had been ready.

“I need to have a say about what’s on the agenda,” Hughes stated. Referring to the opposite supervisors, Hughes famous, “None of us have any say about what goes on that agenda, and that is our assembly.”

“I would like the individuals who voted for me to know that there’s some sort of fence or wall to forestall me from collaborating on this authorities,” he added.

Staples didn’t reply to Hughes’ feedback.

Township supervisor wage

By a 3-2 vote, with Hughes and Michelle Kircher opposed, the supervisors accepted a brief wage adjustment of $1,000 per thirty days for the interim township supervisor.

Expressing his opposition, Hughes stated, “Mr. Hamm has a beautiful contract right here. He will get 7 weeks’ trip. He will make over $100,000 this 12 months. He would not want extra money. If you wish to give him one thing, wait till he is completed his job, and we’ll vote a bonus for him.”

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The supervisors then voted unanimously to interact a recruitment agency to steer the seek for a township supervisor.

Kircher commented, “We actually have to get somebody who is aware of what they’re doing.”

Earlier, throughout public feedback, a township resident instructed the supervisors, “Do not commit the identical mistake that the varsity board made once they engaged an government search agency that stated it could do the job without cost.”

He inspired the supervisors to interact a real government search agency even when it’ll value the township a little bit extra.

Different actions

The supervisors accepted a waiver request for the Service Electrical Exeter Township land improvement plan which they stated was inadvertently missed on the final assembly.

Cost within the quantity of $55,897.20 for Sutton Circle detention basin retrofit mission was accepted. Building continues for the required MS4 mission.

The supervisors accepted the completion and submission for an American Rescue Plan Act software grant by way of Berks County within the quantity of $121,964.06 for the Oley Turnpike Highway culvert substitute.

The county has $30 million of ARPA funds accessible for municipalities and different companies and nonprofit organizations to use for sewer and water initiatives and different certified companies. The county has allotted $18 million for 2022 and $12 million for 2023.

Municipalities can apply for funding as much as 25% of the development value or $1 million, whichever is the lesser quantity. The deadline for submission of software to the county is March 31, 2022. The Oley Turnpike culvert mission qualifies for the funding.

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Additionally, the supervisors approved purposes for the set up of three public fireplace hydrants by Pennsylvania American Water Firm on Hartline Drive, Glen Highway, and Jefferson Road. That is without charge to the township.

A retention settlement with Zaepfel Legislation PC, Lancaster, was accepted. Zaepfel will put together and submit public touch upon behalf of the township regarding Pioneer Crossing landfill main allow modification.

Additionally, the supervisors accepted a renewal settlement with Ironton World for a township cellphone system. The renewal settlement is for a three-year time period at a price of $34,133.40.

The supervisors tabled a movement to authorize the acquisition of a 7.5-ton rooftop HVAC unit for the Studying Nation Membership to get extra comparative bids. The township had acquired three bids to exchange the HVAC unit within the whiskey bar space: Burkhardt Mechanical at $20,215.00; Warko Group at $18,950.00; and Landis Mechanical at $16,272.96.

As well as, the supervisors tabled potential motion concerning the funding of the wastewater proceeds fund.