First Posted: 8/21/2014

The board of supervisors voted to hire a part-time secretary for the police department at its Aug. 18 meeting.

The supervisors voted 2-1 to hire Susan Maloney at a wage of $12 an hour. Supervisors Liz Martin and Bill Grant voted for the hiring, while Frank Wagner voted no.

Police Chief Robert Jolley said Maloney is a township resident, has experience as a paralegal and has also worked for county government in New York.

Jolley said the new position was created to reduce the amount of overtime that police officers spend doing clerical work.

“We need sworn-in people out there catching bad guys, not in here doing paperwork,” Jolley said.

Maloney will begin Sept. 2 and work day shift, 30 hours per week, Jolley added.

In other business, the board voted 2-0 to award a bid to Modern Tree Nursery to remove trees from Shaver Cemetery that were damaged during the July storm. Modern Tree Nursery submitted the lowest bid of $3,685. Martin abstained from the vote because her husband, Bob Martin, is the owner of Modern Tree Nursery.

Martin also pointed out that the township solicited three bids, but only two companies responded. Brown Hill Tree Company of Meshoppen submitted the other bid in the amount of $5,400.

The township inherited the cemetery years ago, noted Wagner.

“Nobody takes care of it and the trees are falling over,” he said.

Wagner added that there are 52 people buried in the cemetery and the last person to be laid to rest there died in 1914.

The board also:

· Passed a resolution to contribute the township’s minimum obligation of $11,678 to the 2015 Police Pension Plan.

· Passed a resolution to allow the borough of Harveys Lake to join the Back Mountain Community Partnership.

· Voted to contribute $150 to the Luzerne County Fair.

The board also signed a final approval of an Eagle Scout project completed by Anthony Huntington of Boy Scout Troop 146. The action was the final step on the part of township officials for Huntington, 16, to receive his Eagle Scout award. The board commended Huntington and his 15 fellow Scouts for their efforts to beautify the Haddon Field Triangle.

Huntington thanked the board for the opportunity.

“It was really a mess,” he said of the area. “We cleaned it up, put in some benches and it looks a whole lot better.”

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