Mo­rano’s ti­tle changes to town­ship man­ager

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Bob Keeler

Ap­par­ently it’s some­times more about what you’re called than about what you do.

A year ago, the East Rock­hill Town­ship Board of Su­per­vi­sors re­did the town’s ad­min­is­tra­tive struc­ture, re­plac­ing what had been the town­ship man­ager’s po­si­tion with a sec­re­tary/trea­surer.

This week, Sec­re­tary/Trea­surer Mar­i­anne Mo­rano’s ti­tle was changed to man­ager.

“In re­al­ity, she’s per­form­ing that job,” board mem­ber David Ny­man said at the Jan. 15 town­ship meet­ing.

“Dur­ing the past year, in ful­fill­ing your role with the ti­tle of sec­re­tary­trea­surer, it has be­come ap­par­ent that de­spite ac­tu­ally per­form­ing all the re­quired func­tions of a town­ship man­ager, with­out the ac­tual ti­tle, ac­cep­tance by your peers and other en­ti­ties has not been at the same level as that of other town­ship man­agers,” the board wrote in a let­ter to Mo­rano that was read aloud at the meet­ing by Ny­man.

The change in ti­tle does not change the salary, the board said. In April of last year, Mo­rano’s sal-

for this year was set at $67,000.

“Achiev­ing the ti­tle of town­ship man­ager in East Rock­hill Town­ship should se­cure you the same level of re­spect that is af­forded to other mu­nic­i­pal man­agers, thereby as­sur­ing East Rock­hill Town­ship of the same level of ser­vice as is pro­vided to those mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties,” the board wrote in the let­ter to Mo­rano.

Prior to be­com­ing sec­re­tary/trea­surer, Mo­rano was the town­ship’s as­sis­tant trea­surer and as­sis­tant to the man­ager. She has worked for the mu­nic­i­pal­ity for more than 15 years.

“I con­grat­u­late Mar­i­anne on the fact she’s done a great job,” former board mem­ber John Cress­man said fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment of the new ti­tle.

“She’s a great as­set to us,” board Chair­man Gary Volovnik said.

“Thank you very much for your con­fi­dence and trust in me,” Mo­rano said.

In other mat­ters at the meet­ing:

• Ny­man said the Pen­nridge Area Co­or­di­nat­ing Com­mit­tee is con­sid­er­ing again ask­ing the Pen­nridge School District to agree to freeze the prop­erty tax rates for prop­er­ties in land preser­va­tion pro­grams. East Rock­hill and Bucks County have al­ready agreed to the freeze, but the school district would also have to in or­der for it to go into ef­fect, he said. If the change were ap­proved, it would not greatly al­ter the to­tal amount re­ceived from the taxes, but it would be an in­cen­tive to land preser­va­tion, he said.

• Along with a planned change that would re­place the de­fined ben­e­fits pen­sion plan cur­rent em­ploy­ees have with one that would give fu­ture hires a de­fined amount go­ing into the fund, but not a de­fined pay­out, the board is also con­sid­er­ing a change to the min­i­mum re­tire­ment age. The cur­rent rules al­low a per­son who has worked for the town­ship for 25 years to re­tire at age 50.

“Fifty is al­most un­heard of,” board mem­ber Jim Ni­etup­ski said. “The pri­vate sec­tor doesn’t have any­thing like that.”

• Pen­nDOT has in­formed the town­ship that the planned Rock­hill Road bridge re­place­ment project, which was ex­pected to start in April, will now not start un­til at least Oc­to­ber, Ni­etup­ski said.

• It’s that time of year again.

“We are out do­ing pot holes,” Jeff Scholl, di­rec­tor of pub­lic works, said. “They’re start­ing to pop, so we’re get­ting them as we go along.”

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