ELYSBURG — The Ralpho Township Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday the purchase of a pickup truck to replace an aging street department vehicle.

The 2019 Ford F-350 was purchased for $33,790 from Sunbury Motors with payment due upon delivery, which will be approximately 22 weeks. A plow and cinder spreader is expected to cost an additional $12,257.

Voting in favor were Supervisors Vince Daubert, Steve Major, Dan Williams, Blaine Madara Jr. and Blaine Madara Sr.

The board also approved Sam Kranzel as a part-time plow operator at $14 an hour.

Supervisors heard from Ron Bittner, of Univest Municipal Pension Services, who provided an investment and performance update, including the police and non-uniformed pension plans.

In September, the board approved minimal municipal obligations (MMOs) for 2019 at $90,278 for the police pension plan and $22,261 for the non-uniformed pension plan, which represents an increase of $9,304 for police and $876 for non-uniformed from the current MMOs.

After a brief discussion at Tuesday’s meeting about potential MMO increases over the next two years because of personnel activity, such as retirements and contract negotiations, the board broke into a 25-minute executive session with Bittner to discuss “personnel.” Bittner left the meeting at the conclusion of the session without further public comment.

During citizens comments, the board heard from a representative of Dansway Inc., located on Reed Road, who requested the street be paved.

Supervisors agreed the road is in rough shape, but Major explained they could not commit to paving the street because the township is required to use $99,824 from the Liquid Fuels Fund to match a $399,295 Green Light Go Grant to update the Routes 487 and 54 intersection.

In other business, the board:

• Approved a collective bargaining agreement with the AFSCME Union, effective Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2022, which calls for a .75 cent per hour raise and an increase from $25 to $40 for dependent medical for employees who fall under the agreement.

• Raised gym rent from $525 to $550 per team in the Catholic Youth Organization and Tiger Youth Basketball organizations.

• Informed the public the bathrooms at the township park are closed because of a potential water leak.

• Announced a budget meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.