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Antrim Township auditors need more information before setting interim salaries

August 28, 2008|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Antrim Township auditors said they need more information before they can set the salaries of newly appointed Interim Township Administrator Fred Young and Interim Utilities Director/Roadmaster Rick Baer.

Following a one-hour executive session Wednesday, the three elected auditors voted to hold off on paying Young and Baer until Young could provided the auditors with job descriptions for the positions as well as the qualifications and experiences of both he and Baer.

Auditor William Needy said the board reviewed the current township wage schedule, but felt it was not enough information to set pay for Baer and Young. The board also said it had not decided whether or not to pay the two supervisors retroactively for the work they have done since Aug. 21.

On Aug. 21, supervisors appointed Young and Baer to run the township after dismissing six township staff members, including longtime manager Ben Thomas. That night, Solicitor John Lisko said the two would be compensated for serving as interim staff.

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Baer and Young said they have taken leave from their full-time jobs to fill in until new staff is hired.

Young, who works in sales for a communications company, said he plans to accept the salary set by the auditors, but Baer said he will not take a dime.

"I am a salesman, I get paid only if I produce and I am not working at my regular job right now," Young said. "I will take what is a fair rate set by the auditors on an interim basis."

Baer, who owns an electric company, said he has not and will not accept pay.

The auditors did not schedule a follow-up meeting to discuss the additional information it requested on Wednesday.

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