No Tax Increase In Wright Township’s Proposed 2017 Budget

Wright Township residents have the opportunity to now review the proposed 2017 budget, which reflects no tax increase. The township’s Board of Supervisors announced, at its Nov. 14 meeting, that a draft of the budget is available at the municipal building for inspection and it is expected to be approved at a special meeting next month.

The 2017 budget is set to be $1,495,054, a difference of just over $26,000 from the 2016 budget, which was $1,469,000. The board scheduled a special meeting for Dec. 5, at 4 p. m., where supervisors expect to pass the proposed budget.

Also at the Nov. 14 meeting, the board moved to apply for two grants, from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, to make improvements in the township.

If awarded, the first grant, for $173,943, will be used to correct stormwater drainage issues on two roads in the Walden Pond development and to then pave those two roads. The second grant, in the amount of $138,303, will be used to purchase a new backhoe with attachments.

The board also agreed to join the Pennsylvania Municipal Health Insurance Cooperative, a move that would allow Wright Township to join other municipalities, to pool resources and be able to maintain current insurance premiums.

In other business, the board appointed Borton Lawson Engineering as its MS4 consultant, to assist the township in meeting state-mandated stormwater management requirements.

A new part-time office assistant for the municipal building was appointed to work a minimum of 24 hours a week and to be paid $10 an hour with no benefits. The new assistant replaces Barb Malkemes, who served in the post for nine years. “We appreciated Barb very, very much,” Supervisor Louis Welebob Jr. noted.

The Wright Township Volunteer Fire Department handled 23 incidents in October, reported Supervisor Michael Marshall, including many motor-vehicle accidents, some weather-related incidents, and a fire. On Halloween night, department volunteers handed out 2,000 glow necklaces to trick-or-treaters in Wright and Rice townships and conducted safety patrols.

Routine maintenance was done last month on fire trucks, Marshall continued, and several training

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