Muhlenberg Twp. appoints new commissioner to board

MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa. - The Muhlenberg Township Board of Commissioners on Monday appointed Steve Wolfinger to the board.

The board chose Wolfinger to fill the position evacuated by Paul Concordia who resigned last month due to conflicts between his job and his position on the board.

After his swearing in ceremony, Wolfinger said, "I look forward to being a part of the board of Commissioners. I love Muhlenberg Township and hope to help it improve".

Two other appointments were also made at the meeting.

Daniel Mergner was appointed to the Arts Board and Kerry Good to the Planning Commission.

In other business, the board agreed to proceed with votes on multiple projects in the township, including the improvement of deteriorating roads.

Board members decided that Stoudts Ferry Bridge Road would not be on the list of roads to be repaired because of budget constraints.

Steve Landis, Township Manager, suggested a separate bid be placed for Stoudts Ferry Bridge Road so the township could get it done cheaper and pay more attention to it.

As a possible source of funding for the road repair, Solicitor Michael Setley suggested the sale of the current township building estimated to be worth $730,000.

The Commissioners then approved the short list of roads with the final selection to be based on traffic count and severity of the need for repair.

Some roads included on the list were Elm Road and the alleyway by the Goodwill Fire Company.

The board also discussed approvals of change orders for the 210 George Street project.

Commissioners raised concerns because that discussion has consecutively recurred at meetings in the past four months.

Commissioner John Imhoff said, "It's got to stop. We need to start looking for places to save money instead of save it on the project."

Imhoff voted down the motion to approve change orders and said he previously vowed not to vote for any more change orders.

Malinowski, a board member, thought the change order in the amount of $29,073.99 was necessary for additions such as exit signs which "absolutely has to be done", but also said he was concerned over the types of changes that are being made.

Solicitor Setley requested that there should be an executive session to discuss the project in general and the types of changes being made.

He said these issues "may lead to a legal tussle at some point".

The board unanimously voted to grant Final Land Development Plan Approval to the Plan of All-Star Phase II land development.

The plan includes a 57,000 square foot expansion as well as parking spaces and expanding the loading dock.

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