SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. – During the South Abington Township meeting in December, December 13, District Judicial Judge Paul Keeler officially sworn in to newly elected Supervisor Donald Snyder.
Snyder was sworn in at the August Supervisors’ Meeting as a temporary replacement for former supervisor Joseph Sproul. He will officially begin his term in January.
Secretary Jo Ann Pane announced that supervisors held a special meeting at the township building on November 18 to discuss the 2022 draft budget. During public comments, Damian Leone, a South Abington resident, proposed a historical marker with a story of the Onaquaga road. He said the road went from Leggetts Creek to the Township of South Abington. He mentioned that he connected the Iroquois Indians with the Delaware Indian nation. He said the last Indians of Scranton and the Tuscarora tribe used him to flee to the Carolinas. “There are a lot of little things that we think make it historic, and a lot of people don’t know that,” he said.
Leone told supervisors that the historical society has a year and a half to apply and do further research.
He said that a proposal site with pictures is needed to place the sign. Supervisor Mark Dougherty suggested that Leone discuss with the Parks and Recreation committee the installation of the marker in the park. He told her to select a site, take pictures and ask supervisors to be on the agenda for a future supervisors meeting.
Supervisor Giles Stanton asked Leone where he got the information on the way. Leone replied that he was reading old books in the library. He said someone mapped all of Pennsylvania’s Native American trails for the Historical Society in 1981. Additionally, Leone gave Stanton a map of the original Abington land grants, including Stanton’s ancestors.
In other cases, supervisors voted to approve the draft budget without a tax increase.
They then voted to approve resolution 2021-12, which approves the 2022 fiscal mileage. In addition, supervisors voted to approve the police contract with the Ransom Township Police. Township engineer David O’Neill said Ransom Township was increasing its dollar amount from $ 80,000 to $ 90,000.
Additionally, O’Neill announced that he had received the Workers Compensation Proposal. He said the Experience Change Rate (EMR) went from 1.04 to 1.26. He said two people this year had claims over $ 70,000. He said there were also many small complaints. He said workers’ compensation for last year was $ 111,000. He said it’s $ 133,000 this year. Supervisors voted to approve the workers’ compensation expense of $ 133,000. Lawyer Bill Jones said they would ratify it at the reorganization meeting in January.
In other cases,
• Supervisors decided to reconvene the meeting on Wednesday December 29 at noon.
• The supervisors decided to hold the reorganization meeting on Monday January 3 at 6.30 p.m.