Sturm applies for board position with Washington Township Municipal Authority

January 03, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. - Less than a month after he interviewed two candidates for a board position with the Washington Township Municipal Authority, Carroll Sturm applied for the spot himself.

Sturm, chairman of the Washington Township Supervisors, said he wants "to put forward the supervisors' views as a first line of thinking."

One of Sturm's colleagues questioned his intentions, considering that the chairman has been vocal in his frustration with some of WTMA's operations. The authority manages the township's water and sewer systems.

"WTMA needs to change its culture to understand there are other needs than buying and selling water," Sturm said.

Two township residents - Lori Frantz and Robert Curley - applied to fill a vacancy created on the WTMA's five-person board when Warren Tomlinson announced his resignation. Applicants were asked to "please return" the forms by the end of November 2007, and Frantz and Curley were interviewed by the supervisors last month.


Sturm underwent a shorter version of that interview Wednesday.

"I think there are two areas down there that need to be focused on first. One is the manner in which they do contracting, and the engineering aspect. There's been ample evidence to show that the way the engineering has been done in the past has not resulted in good designs," said Sturm, who said he is a registered professional engineer in Maryland and Virginia.

After Frantz and Curley were interviewed Dec. 12, 2007, Sturm said the supervisors "could ignore the interviews and select a supervisor for the board" of WTMA.

He met criticism from C. Stewart McCleaf, who will soon relinquish his supervisor position after losing a re-election bid. McCleaf said it wouldn't be fair to advertise for people if the intention was to appoint a supervisor.

"That's as wrong as two left shoes," McCleaf said.

The supervisors have not voted on the appointment.

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