Nix supervisors’ benefits, East Cocalico resident tell supervisors

By on November 10, 2015

Compensation packages amounting to nearly $100,000 for East Cocalico Township’s supervisors are now public following one resident’s pursuit of the information via a Right-to-Know request.

And, the resident is not happy.

“No other surrounding municipalities are doing these types of benefits,” said resident Jeff Mitchell at the supervisors Thursday, Nov. 5, meeting.

Information shared from Mitchell’s Right-To-Know request indicates total compensation packages include $32,146 for Chairman Doug Mackley, $29,857 for Vice President Alan Fry, and $25,873 for Secretary Noelle Fortna.

Included in the amounts listed above are health benefits of $30,146 for Mackley, $27,857 for Fry and $23,873 for Fortna. Eye/dental, and other specific items allowance is $2,000.

Each supervisor has a $50,000 death benefit.

Mitchell said dropping these benefits would save the township over $100,000 annually.

The supervisors listened and didn’t indicate any future action.

Mackley said it is a state law.

When asked after the meeting, Township Manager Mark Hiester noted the decision to provide such insurance rests with the boards of supervisors of second-class townships.

He provided the following section of the state code:

“Section 606(c) of the Second Class Township Code provides that supervisors, whether or not they are employed by the township, and their dependents are eligible for inclusion in group life, health, hospitalization, medical service, and accident insurance plans paid in whole or in part by the township.”

Veteran police officer Brian Dilliplaine’s resignation was accepted by supervisors “with deep regret.”

Dilliplaine’s resignation letter said he was happy to serve residents in Adamstown, Denver, West Cocalico Township, and East Cocalico Township as an officer in the East Cocalico Police Department. He has more than 12 years of service with East Cocalico. Supervisors commented on his excellence as an officer and his community service, specifically that as a volunteer firefighter. Dilliplaine’s last shift will occur Nov. 14.

“As you all know, we sent three officers furlough letters, effective Dec. 31, 2015,” said Mackley. “We’ll send an offer of employment to the most senior officer furloughed.”

Welcomed to the meeting was Tina Thompson, constituent relations specialist for Sen. Ryan Ament’s office.

“Our office is at 301 W. Main St. in Lititz, and we’re here to provide support for our constituents,” said Thompson.

In other business, supervisors:

* Hired John Enck as equipment operator/laborer at a rate of $16 per hour, effective Nov. 16.

* Authorized the solicitor to draft an ordinance to post stop signs at three railroad crossings -Weaver, Garden Spot, and Miller roads.

* Authorized the solicitor to draft an ordinance posting Faust Lane and Keeler Avenue “No Trucks Except Local Deliveries.”

“Over the years, there have been numerous complaints of large trucks using these streets as a short cut,” said Hiester.

* Approved $435.70 to purchase a Woody Waste Regulations sign from Horst.

The supervisor said it is unfortunate when people choose to dump illegal waste. It causes extra work for the road crew when they need to dispose of items like lumber, which was recently dumped.

Violators have been charged in the past and officials will continue to work on ways to identify violations. They expressed satisfaction with the many users who do follow the rules and also use the recycling dumpsters.

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