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UNION TOWNSHIP, PA. Official who supported supervisor's foe loses job



Published: Tue, January 8, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Supervisors changed their meeting time to 6 p.m.

By MARY GRZEBIENIAK

VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

UNION TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Longtime Township Secretary-Treasurer Cathy Schmidt lost her job when supervisors met for their annual reorganization Monday.

Supervisors Ralph Nuzzo and Kevin Guinaugh voted to hire Sally Byler, a former supervisor and former township auditor, for the post. She will be paid $13.65 per hour for a minimum of 21 hours per week.

Schmidt has held the job for 15 years, but angered Nuzzo and Guinaugh by supporting the candidacy of Pat Angiolelli, who challenged Guinaugh as a write-in candidate last November. The third supervisor, Steve Galizia, who also supported Angiolelli's candidacy, voted against Byler's hiring.

After the meeting, Mrs. Schmidt directed her comments at Nuzzo, stating, "He has no right to tell me who I can or cannot support politically." "I'll be back," she promised.

Nuzzo had no further comment.

Meeting times: In other business, supervisors set their meetings for 6 p.m. the third Thursday of the month, a victory for several residents who wanted evening meetings to make it easier for working people to attend.

Guinaugh was re-elected roadmaster at a salary to be set by township auditors.

Wes Homer was named to fill a vacant township auditor's post until a dispute over Randy Conti's write-in election as auditor is resolved. The election board claims Conti did not return his letter of candidacy certification by the deadline, but he claims he did not receive the letter in time.

Harry Passarello was renamed zoning officer at $6,000 annually.

Joe Lombardo was reappointed police chief and Elizabeth Singer as wage tax collector.

Galizia opposed the rehiring of Phillip Weiner & amp; Co. to audit township books. He questioned why three bids were not obtained as he said they should be for any expenditure over $3,000. Nuzzo and Guinaugh said they have been satisfied with the work Weiner has done for the township for many years and saw no need to obtain quotes.

Atty. Don Nicolls was rehired as township solicitor and Claire Damon as emergency management coordinator. Galizia voted against Damon's appointment because he said he believes Randy Conti, the past coordinator, is capable and should have been retained.

People's Bank was named depository for township funds.




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