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Cumru Twp. Commissioners adopt ordinance for new pension plan

CUMRU TWP., Pa. - The Cumru Township Board of Commissioners on Tuesday voted to adopt an ordinance that will allow the township to transition from a defined benefit plan to a defined contribution plan regarding the non-uniformed pension plan for township employees.

According to Jeanne Johnson, township manager/secretary, the transition process took the township just 18 months to complete.

Johnson said she was thrilled the ordinance went through and she is already receiving inquiries from other townships about the process.

Besides the ordinance, the board also made decisions on several projects which will lead to the continuous improvement of the township.

With the parks functioning in full swing for the summer, the board authorized park staff to work with a contractor to fix the Pennwyn Playground driveway retaining wall which has deteriorated from the effects of the past winter.

Another priority on the board's list was the replacement project for the 31-year-old Flying Hills Pumping Station Generator.

The board approved the request to declare the project as an emergency, and according to Michael Setley, Solicitor, that designation relieves the Township from any extra cost that may previously have come from bidding.

Fire Chief, Scott Brady, told the board that his department will put out an ad for bids for fire apparatus.

Brady said the packet has already been prepared but they are going through final specifications before beginning to advertise.

Discussions about Wildflower Court dominated the public forum. Board members and the public decided that the grass cul-de-sac that had been damaged from vehicles would return to being unmarked.

Following complaints by homeowners in the area, the township had installed posts but the homeowners found them to be too unattractive and requested their removal.

Police investigated, as acts of vandalism, posts that had been removed without authorization.

The Commissioners also wanted to publicly note that they were aware of the culvert replacement project adjacent to Hill Ave in Mohnton expected to take place September 2015.

They said though the project was in the Borough of Mohnton, the road blockage due to construction could cause traffic issues in Cumru Township.

Also, the public hearing on the proposed vacation of a portion of High Boulevard that was previously scheduled for the June 17 was cancelled, and a new date has yet to be determined.

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