Antrim Township to reveal results of management survey

August 20, 2008|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Antrim Township will reveal to the public and its staff on Thursday at 7 p.m. the $29,750 management study that the Board of Supervisors voted to keep private for the past week.

Supervisor Samuel Miller said the board voted to shield the study from everyone except Township Solicitor John Lisko after Lisko advised the board in executive session that it was in the board's best interest to keep the study private until consultant Dhillon Management Services of Fullerton, Calif., could present the results in a public meeting.

Consultant Matthew Dhillon of Dhillon Management Services is scheduled to present the results of his six-month assessment of township management, operations, staffing and spacing needs to the township and the public during the meeting Thursday, according to a notice posted on the door of the Antrim Township Municipal Building.

Supervisor James Byers voted against the motion to keep the report silent, saying that he felt at least Township Manager Ben Thomas should see the report before it was shared with the public.


While the supervisors voted to shield the study from the public and township staff, Lisko said he would consider requests for copies of the report under the Pennsylvania Right to Know Act.

The Herald-Mail Thursday submitted a request for copies of the study and the Request for Proposal, or RFP, issued by the township for the project back in February.

Township Secretary Renee Perrin informed The Herald-Mail in writing Monday that the study is under legal review so the township will not release copies until Sept. 19 at the earliest.

According to the letter, Lisko is in the process of redacting, or editing, the document so confidential information will not be revealed to the public. The Right To Know Act allows municipalities to take the additional time for the redaction process.

The RFP commissioned the study as a comprehensive review of management, operations, staffing and finances. It provided detailed instructions to consulting firms of what information the supervisors hoped to receive from the study.

Among the work to be completed was a comparative study with similar municipalities of personnel, wages and benefits for staff, as well as prioritized recommendations for changes and improvements to management and/or operations that would enhance "customer service, efficiencies, effectiveness and strategies."

Special meeting

What: A consultant will share the results of a management study of Antrim Township that was commissioned by the board of supervisors.

When: Thursday, 7 p.m.

Where: Antrim Township Municipal Building, 10655 Antrim Church Road, Greencastle, Pa.

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