By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer
A Forward Township supervisor says the
municipality will return money to a resident who alleges he was
overcharged for public documents.
“You charged me $24 for five sheets of paper,”
township resident Howard Flemming told board of supervisors
chairman Tom DeRosa at a regular supervisors meeting Thursday.
Flemming, who brought copies of the documents in question -- monthly
expense forms for the township dating
back several months — also had a copy of a receipt for $24 signed by a
township employee charging him for
“copies of monthly bills.” Flemming said the employee said she was told
by DeRosa to charge him that amount when he came in for the papers.
Flemming and DeRosa have had public disagreements at meetings before. On
several occasions, Flemming has objected to the
township’s unwillingness to release copies of monthly
expenditures at public meetings. The township
had previously released the bills with its agenda before public meetings
but stopped that practice about a year ago.
Flemming said he contacted the state’s Office of Open Records about the
charge and was told he should have been charged no more than 25 cents
per copied sheet.
“I want my money back or I’ll take you to court,” he told DeRosa.
denied knowledge of the transaction but quipped when Flemming first
raised the issue of the cost, “That sounds fair.” Later in the meeting
DeRosa told Flemming his money would be returned to him today.
“We’ll give him his money back,” DeRosa said.
Forward Township solicitor Bernie
Schneider, when asked about the incident, responded that he doesn’t
speak to reporters.
In other business, the township
approved the resignation of part-time police officer Mike Stangroom,
effective Oct. 22, and approved the hiring of a new part-time officer,
Kyle Sneddon, as a replacement.
Township officials said Sneddon is
involved with police education programs and comes from the Uniontown
Also announced at the meeting is a scheduled tar and chipping project
along Guffey and Williamsport roads next spring by Russell Industries.
DeRosa said Russell is doing the work for free because a similar road
project undertaken by that company last fall had problems with the
At previous meetings residents have complained about the surface of
those roads becoming tacky in hot weather.
DeRosa said Russell’s redoing the work will save the
township about $70,000.
Finally, supervisor Dave Magiske announced
there will be a free flu shot clinic at Forward Township Fire Department
along Roberts Hollow Road Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. till noon. The clinic is
free to township residents over 18 and the target group for the vaccines
is age 55 or older. Both the seasonal flu and the H1N1 vaccines will be