Young OKs fire contract with Punxsy

WALSTON — Wednesday, the Young Township Board of Supervisors approved a new five-year agreement with Punxsutawney Borough for fire protection services through the Punxsutawney Fire Department.

The agreement was approved for five years with the township paying the borough $15,500 for 2012; $16,000 for 2013; $16,500 for 2014; $17,000 for 2015; $17,500 for 2016; and the township will pay 100
percent of any Fireman’s Relief Association funds it recovers during the contract to the borough.

Either the township or the borough may terminate the contract or renegotiate any term or provision with a written notice of its intentions at least six months in advance to the other municipality prior to January 1 of the final year of the contract.

Chairman Mike Defelice said the township has Punxsy provide 100 percent of the fire services to Young Township because the township completely surrounds Punxsutawney Borough, which allows for a quick response, no matter what area of the township someone lives.

The borough will maintain necessary and proper public liability and other insurance coverage for its fire department personnel, apparatus and equipment so as to relieve the township from any such liability.

The supervisor’s also donated $2,000 to the McCalmont Township Volunteer Fire Company for first responder and fire services it also provides to the township.

In other business:

• In response to a question, Mary Ann Redding, township secretary/treasurer, said regarding the delinquent township sewer customers, Kip Lukehart, township solicitor, recommended that the township for its first round of letters to be sent to its delinquent sewer customers, a letter should be sent outlining its delinquency policies to all the customers.

• The supervisors have proposed a $1 per hour pay increase for all township employees in the 2012 budget.
Defelice said the reason for that increase is to not lose any current employees to better-paying positions in the well drilling industry.