East Cocalico Twp. appoints tax collector

By on November 20, 2018

In a shortened Nov. 15 meeting due to inclement weather, supervisors considered their list of action items, acting on many and tabling a couple.

Sue Nielson was appointed as tax collector, to complete the unexpired term of Joan Fischer, who resigned after 35 years of excellent service. Nielson will serve from Jan. 2, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2021.

Supervisors Alan Fry and Doug Mackley voted to appoint Nielson. Romao Carrasco voted no. He added, “Let the record reflect I voted no.” Reached the day after the meeting, Carrasco said, “Typically an appointment is from the prevailing party and I felt the other candidate’s resume was superior.”

Approval was given to Police Chief Darrick Keppley’s request to purchase three new police vehicles. Good pricing, a genuine need, the fact that the money is in the current 2018 budget plus the understanding that all this information was in the police department’s strategic plan makes this a financially prudent action. Keppley said that although no one can predict for sure, it’s hoped that no new vehicles will be needed within the next four years.
On Nov. 16, officer Zachary Weaver received a commendation for saving a man’s life in Denver. The 23-year old was removed from the bathtub, two doses of Narcan were administered and then CPR administered prior to transport to the hospital.

Six land planning projects received various wavers, variances and approvals. A security release of $11,259.68 was returned to Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue with a few conditions that remain to be addressed.

Using a high deductible health plan for non-uniform township staff was approved. The police, who have a contract through 2020, will be invited into the discussion with non-uniform staff about how the new plan will operate. The new plan will utilize a health savings account and a health reimbursement account. These will assist with the individual deductible of $3,500 and the family deductible of $7,000.

Supervisors also:
• Approved advertising for the required 30-day period with the intent to appoint Maher Duessel as auditor for East Cocalico Township’s 2018 funds. The audit fee shall be $8,470.

• Approved a buy-out of the police pension plan and to formally separate from Principle, the current investment firm for police pension. The township, after a nearly nine-month evaluation process, changed to Univest for their police pension account.

• Discussed whether to move supervisors meetings to 7 p.m. for 2019 since meetings are lasting two hours or longer. Other ideas, such as one daytime meeting per month were also entertained. This discussion was tabled until the next meeting on Dec. 6.
Alice Hummer is a correspondent for The Ephrata Review.

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