Washington Township briefs

September 30, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

Township officials debate whether employees will get raises in 2010

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The Washington Township Supervisors and township manager on Wednesday debated whether they'll be able to give employees pay raises in 2010 because of the slumping economy.

The three supervisors in attendance at the meeting (Stephen Kulla, Carroll Sturm and Christopher Firme) asked Township Manager Mike Christopher to gather employee performance evaluations to possibly use as criteria for merit increases.

Kulla asked if the unionized police officers realize payouts for their percentage-based pay raises might mean no increases for other employees. Smaller police raises would free up funds for the rest of the township payroll, he said.

"The police themselves are willing to work with us, but their attorney won't let them," Christopher said.

Township to pay for tree

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The Washington Township Supervisors will spend $645 to plant a 10-foot douglas fir tree on a Hearthwood Drive property.


The township cut down two trees on James Hickman's property after some neighbors complained about visibility problems at the intersection of Hearthwood Drive and Mentzer Gap Road. A third tree was trimmed.

The supervisors told Hickman they'd plant a tree elsewhere on his land in exchange for cutting down the two evergreens.

The $645 quote came from Waynesboro's Green Arbor, which included a one-year warranty. In a letter to the supervisors, Green Arbor said the planting will be done in October.

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