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Moore Township Board of Supervisors for 2018 at the reorganization meeting — pictured are, left to right, Richard Gable, David Shaffer, Solicitor David Backenstoe and Daniel Piorkowski.PRESS PHOTO BY BILL LEINER JR. Moore Township Board of Supervisors for 2018 at the reorganization meeting — pictured are, left to right, Richard Gable, David Shaffer, Solicitor David Backenstoe and Daniel Piorkowski.PRESS PHOTO BY BILL LEINER JR.

Tensions rise at Moore Twp. reorganization meeting

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 by BILL LEINER JR. Special to The Press in Local News

Solicitor asked to draft ordinance on full-time employment of supervisors

The Moore Township reorganization meeting Jan. 2 began as a testy affair. There was an overflow in attendance. Upon opening the meeting, the chair and vice chair moved and seconded a motion to immediately eliminate Supervisor Richard Gable from his full-time paid position.

The next procedural step was to have citizen input, during which time the motion was stopped in its tracks. Residents generally objected to the immediacy of the motion. Numerous residents asked for a slower process.

This prompted a 20-minute-plus executive session. The result was that the initial motion and second were rescinded and a new motion was put forth. The new motion was to appoint Gable to another one-year term as secretary/treasurer. The supervisors requested that Solicitor David Backenstoe draft an ordinance that addresses township full-time employment of supervisors. The motion passed unanimously.

Backenstoe commented at the close of the discussion and vote that he was “proud of the manner the three supervisors came together in executive session to compromise on this matter.”

“This is a difficult night,” he said.

At the regular monthly meeting that followed the reorganization meeting, Supervisor David Shaffer recommended the township’s land preservation board be merged with the environmental advisory board. It has been challenging finding members for both groups, Shaffer said, adding that a merger may address the issue.

Bob Romano, chair of the land preservation board, supported the change. The new group would be called the land and environmental preservation board.

It was reported the township’s disc golf course is being used by outside groups to play for money.

“They shouldn’t be playing for money,” Gable said.

Chairman Daniel Piorkowski requested Backenstoe draft an ordinance addressing the matter.

The next meeting of Moore Township Board of Supervisors is 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at the township municipal building, 2491 Community Drive, Bath.