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Antrim changes meetings, pavilion fees

January 06, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Antrim Township organized for the new year on Monday but residents will find that even though much stayed the same, the 5 p.m. meeting times and the low pavilion rental rate are things of the past.

The Board of Supervisors holds the organizational meeting each year to establish routine business, including electing the board chairman, establishing employee pay raises, setting the annual meeting schedule and determining who will serve on each committee.

In 2008, the board changed its first meeting of the month to start at 5 p.m.

The earlier meeting time prevented some supervisors from being on time for meetings throughout 2008.

When scheduling special meetings, Supervisor James Byers has commented that 5 p.m. is a difficult time for him because of his job.

Byers was absent Monday, but Supervisor Rick Baer suggested that the board begin all meetings, even workshops, at 7 p.m. this year so more people can attend.

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Supervisor Fred Young III suggested the board consider pushing the meeting back to 5:30 p.m., saying an earlier meeting is easier on staff who need to attend.

Board Chairman Curtis Myers advocated keeping the schedule as simple as possible.

The board approved moving the early meeting to a 7 p.m. start and said it will readvertise for the Jan. 13 meeting to start at the later time.

Also changing this year will be the fee to rent a pavilion at Antrim Township Municipal Park.

Supervisor Sam Miller stood alone when he asked the board not to raise the fee, but with surrounding municipalities charging more than the $30 charged by the township in 2008, Young and Myers said Antrim needs to keep up.

"I think if we raise it to $50 per rental, that is still a good deal," Young said, adding that pavilions for a similar price in Waynesboro, Pa., are in much worse shape.

"Where else can you get a pavilion that nice of that size for 50 bucks?" Myers argued.

While the board raised the rate to $50, Myers said those who reserved a pavilion prior to Monday will not be charged the higher rate.

Most of the items on the lengthy agenda stayed the same for 2009, including the board chairman, and fees for attorneys and engineers.

Young asked Miller if he would like to be nominated as chairman but Miller declined, saying he felt Myers would be more flexible for the role.

Myers will lead the board for another year.

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