Paint Township donates $20,000 to local VFD

Paint Township supervisors Ken Ganoe (left) and Jeff Corcetti (right) pose with Shippenville/Elk Township Volunteer Fire Department President Dave Burgdorfer after the township presented the VFD with a $20,000 donation to help pay for the refurbishment of one of the department's trucks.

PAINT TWP. - Paint Township supervisors Sept. 14 followed through on a pledge to support "specific projects" by the Shippenville/Elk Township Volunteer Fire Department.

Supervisors Jeff Corcetti and Ken Ganoe approved two donations totaling $20,000 to the department to help the volunteers pay for the refurbishment of one of their trucks.

Supervisor Don Clinger was absent.

According to township secretary Jacqui Gruver, the township will issue a $10,000 check from the township's Act 13 account and one check from the township's general fund for $10,000.

Act 13 is an impact fee levied on gas well drilling collected by the state and distributed to municipalities.

Another $7,000 has already been turned over to the fire department from the township's dedicated fire tax millage.

"That's $27,000 toward the truck," said Corcetti. "I think the cost of that refurb was $52,000 and they asked for half."

Shippenville VFD president Dave Burgdorfer was on hand to accept the donations.

Burgdorfer has been working with Paint Township, Shippenville Borough and Elk Township the fire department's primary service area in attempt to gain more funding for the fire department.

Elk Township this year enacted a one-mill fire protection tax and Shippenville Borough, which also levies a dedicated fire tax, donates more than the tax generates.

Paint Township also has a dedicated fire tax levy and has for years. But the agreement between Paint and the VFD instead listed a set amount of funding at approximately $4,000 per year. However, the township has for several years added $5,000 to that total to help the VFD pay for a new fire truck. The township also donated $1,000 each year to the Shippenville/Elk Township Ambulance Service.

In total, the township was sending about $11,350 to the VFD.

Burgdorfer's research indicated the fire tax should be generating about $14,900 per year and he wanted to draw up a new contract between the township and the VFD guaranteeing all of the revenue from the tax would go to the fire department.

Back in March, Corcetti said he was under the impression the VFD was seeking a fire tax increase, a move Corcetti said he and fellow supervisors Ganoe and Donald Clinger could not support at this time.

Corcetti said previously the township would not increase the fire tax but would donate to specific projects if the VFD requested additional funds above the original contract set amount.

In July, Shippenville VFD chief Steve Merryman Jr. attended the supervisors meeting and ask for funding to help with the truck project. Corcetti said the board needed to determine from which accounts the township could pull the money and asked Merryman to return in August.

The August meeting, however, was canceled due to scheduling conflicts.

Burgdorfer thanked Corcetti and Ganoe for the donations, but also asked to be put on the December meeting agenda to discuss revisions to the 40-year-old service contract.

In other business, Ganoe and Corcetti:

4Approved a contract with IA Construction for $8,000 in road materials and a contract with Allegheny Minerals for $2,300 in rod materials.

4Agreed to seek new bids for anti-skid material after receiving no bids from an initial advertisement.

4Agreed to sell the township's 50-percent interest in a berm box to Elk Township for $1,900.

4Agreed to seek quotes for the installation of 180-feet of drainage pipe along a township resident's property.

4Agreed to forgive $11 in back taxes on an abandoned deck. All current and future taxes will be paid.

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