Citizen addresses questions to MC Twp. board
ATLAS - Mount Carmel Township supervisors' scheduled business at Wednesday's meeting took approximately four minutes, but the meeting lasted a half-hour when supervisors addressed questions from concerned citizen.
During the public comment period, resident Rich Mychak directed 15 questions to supervisors Charles Gasperetti and Reynold Scicchitano on such issues as permit fees, compaction reports and several other issues.
Mychak's criticism was centered on township workers, asking what checks are done on new hires, such as physicals and background checks of street department workers.
When Mychak asked about a new employee who lasted one day and the reason he no longer worked there, he was told that that information couldn't be divulged.
"Was he a relative of someone?" Mychak asked.
"It is a personnel matter," Scicchitano replied, in the absence of solicitor Vince Rovito.
Mychak also criticized the new township work reports, saying they aren't detailed enough. Gasperetti said after doing a survey of what other townships provide, they are doing what they are supposed to do, and he feels they are sufficient.
"If you are looking for hour-to-hour reports, I don't know, but I think they're fine, but you are entitled to your opinion," Gasperetti said.
Mychak then moved his questions to the police department, asking supervisors who pays for officers to patrol at sporting events.
"The school district pays a flat rate for us to patrol," Chief Brian Hollenbush said.
When told that the rate of pay is lower than the township's, Mychak asked why the officers do it.
Hollenbush answered, "We do it for the service of the kids and for the people around us. I've been doing it since I started in 2001. Since we are there in uniform and on duty, we still have full arrest power there, but the district pays us."
"My feeling is that when you or any other officer puts on that uniform, you become a target, so why should you do it for any less than what their actually getting paid?" Mychak replied.
In business conducted at the meeting, the board approved the payment of $53,000 to Ferdinand Diminick for the demolition and a down payment for the removal of debris of the demolition of the homes from 139-151 Girard St., destroyed in a fire Oct. 1.
The total cost of the demolition is expected to top $85,000. Gasperetti said reimbursed will be sought from the property owners.
"The one person that lived there has already paid it. The county is coming in Friday to tell us what they are going to do, and I would love to put a lien on the other property, and their personal property in North Carolina and Philadelphia," the supervisor said.
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