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Washington Township OKs police contract

March 20, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Washington Township police will see 4 percent salary increases annually for three years under a contract unanimously approved Monday by the township supervisors.

The supervisors and police association had been in negotiations since last summer, and the supervisors said the salary increases were driven by the rates of nearby departments.

"It's costly, but it may be more costly if we didn't have (the contract)," Supervisor Paul Benchoff said, commenting that the supervisors were happy to keep the matter out of arbitration.

The contract of the department, with 14 full-time officers, adds an additional personal day and deferred retirement program.

The pay rate for Washington Township's two part-time officers increased from $12.02 an hour in 2006 to $15 an hour in 2007. The increase helps with overtime scheduling and makes the department competitive in the region for pay, Township Manager Mike Christopher said.

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In other business at the supervisors' meeting, the board gave final approval to 41 single-family houses that comprise the second phase of Martin's Ridge.

"They've already started construction over there. They were building under preliminary (approval)," Christopher said.

The development is excluded from the township's recreation and impact fees because it was submitted before their enactment. The township will, however, be in talks with developer S&A Homes to plant a row of trees on the south side of Washington Township Boulevard in the area, Christopher said.

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