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Help wanted in Antrim Township

May 27, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Antrim Township is hiring three temporary, part-time employees this summer to help it get ahead on some of its filing, roadwork and landscaping.

Township Administrator Brad Graham said the board authorized him in early May to hire two general labor employees to do grounds work and flagging for road projects and one general labor/office staff employee to do filing and other duties as needed.

Graham said he still is accepting applications for the positions, which will be for up to 35 hours a week for 10 to 12 weeks and will pay $8 per hour.

The township needs a few extra hands to keep on top of paperwork, landscaping and road repair this summer, but officials did not want to contract out for labor, Graham said.

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To get the work done without paying top dollar, Antrim Township is hoping to hire three "currently enrolled" college students, he said.

The decision to hire temporary help happened quickly, Graham said, leaving no time to advertise for the jobs.

Graham said he brought to the board's attention in executive session on May 12 that it would not be able to use its existing part-time employees for grounds work this summer.

The board of supervisors previously voted against continuing to contract out its grounds work in 2009 in an effort to save money.

"The idea was to have our part-time employees do the work," Graham said. "Unfortunately, that is just not feasible right now, so I suggested hiring a temporary position and maybe help out a college kid on break rather than pay a contractor."

The township could use an extra set of hands on a number of projects, including filing, Graham said. Filing work remains unfinished since the reorganization despite closing the office for a day this spring to tackle the paperwork.

While Antrim Township has not advertised for the positions and has listed no required qualifications, Graham said Tuesday it has received 11 applications so far.

"I hope to start calling (applicants) this week," he said. "I'd like to hire someone as soon as possible."

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