Last updated: October 21. 2013 11:32PM - 671 Views
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LEHMAN TWP. — In light of the recent shootings at a Ross Township, Monroe County, municipal meeting in August, the Board of Supervisors voted Monday to begin a project to improve safety at the municipal building.

Board Chairman Dave Sutton said he expects the project to cost roughly $12,000.

Mountain Stream Construction will begin work before the end of the year, he said.

“Based on what happened, we felt we needed to address that,” he said.

The project will include installing a glass, bank teller-type window at the front office and putting a lock on the second set of glass doors in the entryway. Township secretary and office manager Marian DeAngelis will have the ability to unlock the door from her desk.

In another matter, Sutton said the residents living in the Oak Hill subdivision won’t have to pay their sewer bills next year due to a surplus in the Municipal Authority fund.

The township dissolved the authority last April, and the Dallas Area Municipal Authority took over operations, leaving a fund surplus, which is currently about $120,000.

Oak Hill residents received a reduction in their sewer bills this year due to the surplus. The board pointed out the township would only pay next year’s sewer bills for Oak Hill residents who are current on this year’s bill.

Treasurer Alvin Cragle announced that next year’s increase in the township’s Blue Cross coverage for township employees is only 1.1 percent due to a decrease in usage from last year. Cragle said the township may receive a refund in premiums if the low usage continues.

The savings will allow the township to provide vision benefits for township employees and their families, Sutton added.

“We don’t pay a whole lot to our employees,” he said. “So if we can provide an extra benefit, we try to do that.”

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