Pipech Named Chairman Of Rice Twp. Board

Rice Township swore in a new supervisor, Carl Smith, on January 2 who unseated Marcia Thomas in November’s election. Thomas had been the chair of the board of supervisors; veteran supervisor Bob Pipech was elected the new chair.

Supervisor Rick Arnold was named vice chair, and Jeff Beck has been retained as the township’s secretary/ treasurer.

Supervisors assigned themselves to the following posts and committees:

Arnold: fire department liaison, recreation, planning and zoning, and Mountain Top Regional Police.

Pipech: personnel, recycling and roadmaster.

Smith: Rice police, pensions and Mountaintop Area Joint Sanitary Authority liaison.

Supervisors then made the following reappointments: Strategic Municipal Group, zoning officer; Alan Snelson, sewage enforcement officer; William Bilby, sewage enforcement alternate; Jack Varaly, zoning consultant; Jeff Beck, zoning secretary; H. A. Berkheimer Inc., earned income tax collector, local service tax collector and tax hearing officer; and Diane Kendig, deputy tax collector.

PennEastern was retained as the township’s engineering firm and Jack Dean as township solicitor and planning commission solicitor. Jeffrey Malak is zoning hearing board solicitor.

Supervisors made the following appointments: Arnold, four-year term on the planning commission; Harry Krajewski, three-year term on the zoning hearing board; Toni Rogan, five-year term as Mountaintop Area Joint Sanitary Authority representative; Albert Bierzynski, vacancy board; and Bryan Brown, emergency management coordinator. There remains an unfilled vacancy