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“We haven’t given our township staff increases in three years and I don’t think we can do it now,” board Chairman Jay heyser said.
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“Things are really tough right now and it shows from the lack of planning commission meetings,” heyser said. “There’s not a whole lot going on.”
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Duvall said he thought West Rockhill’s rate of pay WR WKH WDx FROOHFWRr ZDV HTuDO to or more than what’s paid by others paying by the bill, but Clarke said the West Rockhill rate is in the middle for local towns.
Along with asking for an increase in the pay rate, Clarke had also requested the township reimburse the WDx FROOHFWRr IRr WHFKnRORJy DnG FRnYHnWLRn HxSHnVHV.
During the discussion at the meeting, she asked if the township would at least pay for conventions she must attend, as it does for the board of supervisors. Mary Eberle, township solicitor, said the law requires the township to pay for the supervisors to attend the convention, but does not require that the munLFLSDOLWy SDy IRr WKH WDx FROlector to attend.
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In other matters at the Jan. 16 meeting:
• .HYLn 0FDRnDOG RuW- OLnHG KLV (DJOH 6FRuW SrRMect plans to install a sign at the recycling center at the township building on Ridge Road.
“The basic idea of the VLJn LV MuVW WR SrRPRWH cleanliness down at the recycling center and advertise the rules,” McDonald said.
The sign will be 6 feet wide and 3 feet high.
“vou can’t say you didn’t see that sign,” heyser said.
Mann said one of the biggest problems is that people drop off recyclables while the container has been removed to be emptied and then those items get blown around.
The most important rule is for people not to drop recyclables off when the bin’s not there, board members agreed.
• DuYDOO VDLG WKHrH’V D ORW of litter and debris on Route 309, SDrWLFuODrOy EHWZHHn State Road and Lawn Avenue.
“Could we talk to the state about cleaning that up? It looks like holy toledo,” Duvall said. “It’s rather unsightly, both sides of the roadway.”