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Township Supervisors approve union contract

The Loyalsock Township Supervisors unanimously approved changes to a union contract including pension increases, wage increases and health insurance payments on Tuesday evening.

The changes will apply to the unionized crew of township employees that work for streets and other related occupations. The changes were agreed upon by the union representative for the township.

Bill Burdett, township manager, explained the changes that included a pension increase of $50 per man per month and wages will now increase by 50 cents an hour per year. The changes also included members of the crew contributing more to health insurance payments.

There is a new five-year contract for health insurance where members of the crew will start by paying $125 each month per member. Each year of the contract, the payments will go up $10 and the contract will finish out with the crew paying $165 a month for their health insurance according to Burdett.

He added that nothing else in the contract was changed.

The supervisors also unanimously approved the decision to purchase a 2020 Ford F550 XLT 4×4 truck with a new $1,800 discount to use for plowing and construction project purposes. This purchase will be a part of the proposed 2020 budget that has not been approved yet. The purchase of the new vehicle totals $49,465 with the “rebate” and that does not include the additions for plowing or construction according to Burdett.

Township supervisors unanimously decided to not put up a stop sign located at Faxon Parkway and Elliott Street after putting up other stop signs at the intersections at Grampian Boulevard and Lafayette Parkway.

In another matter, the township supervisors unanimously approved Muncy Borough’s request to buy the township’s Global M3 Street Sweeper for $30,000 after the township received no bids online for the sweeper.

In other business, the supervisors unanimously agreed to hire Alisa Cohick to help with the after-school program being paid $10 an hour.

The township supervisors took time to show gratitude to the Loyalsock High School Lancer Marching Band for winning the 2019 Cavalcade of Bands championship by congratulating Superintendent Gerald McLaughlin and Robert Leidhecker, percussion instructor.

The marching band received the highest score in Lancer Marching Band history with a score of 92.7.

“This really is very dear to my heart,” Leidhecker said. “We have such a great program with such a great team in place. I am just so proud of them.”

Members present: Paul Nyman, Virginia Eaton, John Bower Jr., Richard Wheeland, Marc Sortman.

The next Loyalsock Township Supervisors meeting will be held Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the township building on East Third Street.

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