MAHONING TOWNSHIP Board seeks to form own police department

Supervisors also named the township treasurer, secretary and roadmaster.
HILLSVILLE, Pa. -- Mahoning Township supervisors have decided to seek money to establish a police department.
The move during their meeting Monday was prompted by what they say is the long response time from the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in New Castle and the heavy traffic through the township on U.S. Route 224. Supervisor Poncho Exposito said he has applied for public and corporate grants and is seeking donations to help pay for police, because regular township revenues are insufficient.
Vacant posts: Supervisor Gary Pezzuolo asked residents to contact the municipal building if they are interested in serving in any of several vacant township posts.
In the annual reorganization meeting that preceded the regular meeting, Exposito was renamed supervisor chairman and Pezzuolo vice-chairman. Newly elected Supervisor Vito Yeropoli was seated.
In other business:
USupervisors reappointed Gil Lucarelli as treasurer at $660 per month and Elaine Kielar as secretary at $535 a month.
UExposito was reappointed Roadmaster with his salary to be set later by township auditors.
UAttorney Tom Leslie was named township solicitor at $95 hourly and attorney John Hodge as zoning solicitor at the same rate.
Uda Chiaro was named wage tax collector at $610 per month and Helen Gross as her assistant at $140 monthly. Chiaro was also reappointed Community Center director at $245 per month and park director at $40 daily.
UBill Exposito, Bill Changoway and Max Roseck were renamed to the Zoning Appeals Board and will receive $75 per meeting.
UHourly wages were set for road department foreman at $12.55 and equipment operators at $11.55. Part-time road employees will start at $8 an hour.
ULoretta Denny was named real estate tax collector and will receive five percent of what she collects. Bill Clingensmith and Anthony Sbarro were named Sewage Enforcement Officer and assistant SEO, respectively.
UDon Retort was named auditor to fill a vacancy until the next general election.
USupervisors scheduled 2002 meetings for 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the township community center.

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