2013-08-24 / News

Township continues to cut expenses

By Charles Prince


Millersport Police Officer Eric Sanford was promoted to sergeant Aug. 13 by Police Chief Mark Consolo. Mayor Dean Severance administers the oath of office as Consolo witnesses the ceremony. Sanford will now oversee all patrol activities. Courtesy photo. Millersport Police Officer Eric Sanford was promoted to sergeant Aug. 13 by Police Chief Mark Consolo. Mayor Dean Severance administers the oath of office as Consolo witnesses the ceremony. Sanford will now oversee all patrol activities. Courtesy photo. MILLERSPORT – Walnut Township Trustees continue to cut expenses as they battle to offset cuts in local government aid from the state.

Trustees have already eliminated health insurance for elected officials. The two trustees elected in November will not receive paid health insurance next year. Trustee Bill Yates didn’t take health insurance when he was elected in 2011.

Fiscal officer Lynn Kraner will continue to receive health insurance for the balance of her term. Trustees were told that benefits couldn’t be cut during an official’s term.

Tuesday night, trustees saved another $7,000 by piggybacking on the county engineer’s contract for road striping. By agreeing to have A & A Safety strip 9.68 miles of township roads at the same time it is doing county roads, the cost will be $623 per mile versus $1575 per mile with a separate contractor. Only centerlines will be striped.

Millersport Fire Chief Matt Bergum that the radio repeater has been installed and should go live soon. “It covers the whole township,” he said, eliminating previous dead zones. The cost is about $7,000 compared to an estimated $35,000 earlier proposal from the county.

Yates and President Terry Horn also agreed to try to save about $25 a month by eventually eliminating a dedicated telephone line for the fax. They are going to test MetroFax which is an internet based fax service that can send faxes to email accounts and mobile devices. Trustee Sonny Dupler opposed the test and possible change.

Trustees reluctantly turned down a request for funding assistance from Lancaster Public Transit. The county-wide transit system provided 499 rides at a cost of $8,891 to Walnut Township residents in 2012. Trustees last contributed $2,000 in 2012.

“We think it is a good service,” Kraner said. “I wish we had the money.”

Trustees are going to try education to address junk vehicles. Horn said Violet Township contacts property owners with junk vehicles by letter, outlining their options. The letter includes options for disposal such as charitable organizations that accept scrap vehicles and area scrap dealers. The letters will come from zoning inspector Ralph Reeb.

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