Salem tables pension plan

By Rodney L. Sherman



Salem Township supervisors this month tabled action on establishing a pension plan for township employees.

The Pennsylvania Municipalities Pension Trust of Enola submitted a proposal to the township to set up and maintain the fund but supervisors did not have adequate time to review the plan before their October regular business meeting.

The Pennsylvania Municipalities Pension Trust is a collection of municipal entities from throughout the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is the primary contractor for the pension planes) offered by the township for its employees.

The trust has entered into a number of subcontracts with firms that provide various professional services.

Supervisors Eric Sherman, Larry Smith and Eric Barnett first discussed the possibility of a pension fund back in June.

The board of supervisors agreed to seek additional information about possibly establishing retirement plans for qualifying employees.

The township is considering 401k plans under which the township would match employee contributions up to 3 to 5 percent.

Sherman said the move is aimed at retaining employees.

Currently, only two or three employees would be eligible to participate in the plan.

In other business, the board of supervisors:

4Agreed to sell the township's 2001 one-ton Chevrolet 3500 general purpose truck.

The township is accepting sealed bid offers for the truck. It can be seen outside the rear of the community building in Lamartine.

The truck will not pass state inspection. The truck includes a snowplow unit.

"The snowplow is probably worth more than the truck and the plow's not worth much," said Sherman.

4Set Trick-or-Treat hours for 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 with the township Halloween kids party set to begin at 6:46 p.m. and continuing until 8 p.m. at the township community building.

The local 4-H club hosts the party and was unable to host the event on Oct. 31 due to a scheduling conflict.

4Moved the November meeting of the board of supervisors from Nov. 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 6.