June 15—WEST MEAD TOWNSHIP — Supervisors voted on Tuesday to approve a transition from probationary to regular employment for three township employees hired earlier in the year, to allow for a fireworks display on July 4 and to ratify the payment of repairs and construction materials, among other actions.
The trainee employees who were transferred to regular status consisted of a police officer, Shane Slagle, and two road department personnel, Bodey McClintock and Curtis Arnold.
Slagle was hired in February after serving 21 years with the Titusville Police Department. Chief Chip Brown said he adapted quickly to the township department.
“He has years of experience, fits in well and just has a good work ethic,” Brown told the board of supervisors. “It’s great to have him on board.”
Both McClintock and Arnold were hired in March and participated in the Township Cleanup Day last month. Supervisor John Shartle – whose job as township roadmaster means both men report to him – said the two new recruits are fitting in well.
The supervisor-approved July 4 fireworks display will be hosted by New Beginnings Church of God as part of its Ultimate Freedom event. While the event itself will take place earlier today at the Crawford County Fairgrounds, the fireworks will be launched from the church property on Leslie Road near the fairgrounds at around 9.30pm .
“It’s a great day kids,” Shartle said, “a good clean activity. And if you’ve never seen the fireworks, well, you owe it to yourself too.”
The council-sanctioned bill payments consisted of $2,244.32 to Brian’s Auto Repair for brake repairs on the township’s 2006 GMC 5500 truck; $3,191.91 to Keystone Builder Supply for roofing panels and other materials; and $1,600 to Tom Bookamer Well Drilling Services for repairs to the well that serves Oakgrove Park.
Roofing panels and other materials are being used to build a shed to store gravel and non-slip materials after the old shed was recently demolished, Shartle explained.
“The thing was unsightly,” he said of the demolished shed. “It was falling. We had to get rid of it.”
Secretary-Treasurer Jill Dunlap said the project, which is nearly complete, has cost about $10,000 so far.
Supervisors also approved the appointment of Township resident Virginia Steiger to the West Mead Township Zoning Hearing Board.
The changes came during a study session and a regular meeting that each lasted around 23 minutes – less time than supervisors spent in an executive session devoted to what President Don Bovard said. described as “the staff”.
Executive sessions are portions of public meetings from which the public is excluded due to the nature of the topics discussed. Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Act identifies seven reasons for holding executive sessions, including personnel matters, collective bargaining strategy or bargaining sessions, and consulting with attorneys regarding litigation.
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