Antrim to hire for summer

PAT FRIDGEN

Employees were the topic of several agenda items at a short meeting for the Antrim Township Board of Supervisors April 13. In less than an hour all the business was conducted and the meeting was adjourned.

Administrator Brad Graham was again authorized to hire three summer employees as he saw need. He asked for one for the office and possibly two for general outdoor work. The second would be needed depending on how mowing bids for the township parks were awarded. The budget included money for the positions, set for approximately 32 hours each per week.

The supervisors also voted to discontinue allowing part-time employees to be eligible for the township pension plan through the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System. Secretary/treasurer Mary Klein said the recent audit report mentioned Antrim's policy let permanent employees participate, but did not address part-time people specifically. The township currently has two part-timers. The pension plan is a defined benefit to which Antrim contributes once a year based on income, she said. Employees are also allowed to contribute funds through a payroll deduction.

Rick Baer, Curtis Myers, James Byers, Samuel Miller and Fred Young III decided to take away the benefit for any new part-time employees and asked solicitor John Lisko to research if the current ones had to be grandfathered in or could be taken off the plan.

In other business, a notice of intent to award will be sent to David H. Martin Excavating, low bidder for the Talhelm Road box culvert project. The company bid $72,115, lower than seven competitors, with the highest coming in at $155,721. Graham said Martin's figure was $50,000 less than budgeted.

Klein reported that to date Antrim's response rate to the 2010 census was 78 percent, compared to 66 percent nationally. Citizens needing assistance filling out the form could call 1-866-872-6868.