Supervisors hope to get raises for employees in 2011

January 03, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — At their first meeting of the new year, the Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors on Monday made decisions they said could be changed in the summer depending on revenue.

Among the decisions was setting staff salaries.

“This is the second year for all of our employees — with the exception of the police department, which has a union contract — to go without a pay increase,” Supervisor Elaine Gladhill said.

Stephen Kulla, who was re-selected as chairman of the supervisors, said he thinks the board needs to dive into budget negotiations early to find a way to provide salary increases in 2012.

Township Manager Mike Christopher said the matter could be reviewed in the summer when he has clearer information about tax revenue.

Kulla and Christopher agreed that could be a time to also look at the rates for the township’s transfer station. Kulla suggested that rate increases of 5 to 10 percent could bring in additional revenue for the township, rather than aiming for the transfer station to break even.

Supervisor John Gorman said he wants the supervisors to think about whether it is appropriate to allow commercial vehicles to dump fill at the transfer station. Even with the fee to dump fill, Gorman said he feels commercial drop-off is not as appropriate as offering the service for residents.

The supervisors said they’ll be setting their goals for 2011 in coming weeks.

In other business at the meeting, the supervisors approved a subdivision plan affecting 2.2 acres on the west side of the Capital Camps property east of Rouzerville, Pa. Township officials said the land will be transferred to neighboring property owner Michael Martin for home construction.

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