GOSHEN TOWNSHIP- The township will be in better shape financially in 2014 than projected at the beginning of 2013.
Fiscal Officer Tom Knoedler reported at the trustees' year-end and re-organizational meeting Saturday that the township finished 2013 with $374,922.48 more than anticipated last January. He said the large carryover is due in part to departmental managers watching spending, as well as no spending from the asset depreciation and grant matching funds nor purchase of a second police cruiser for the year.
The police department alone finished with $144,837.09 more than expected, with the general fund finishing $71,131.91 better.
In other business the trustees increased the cost of a grave for non-residents to $900, a $100 increase. All other cemetery costs remain the same.
The trustees also named Bob McCracken chairman and Roger Heineman vice-chairman and agreed to continue to meet at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the administration building.
Personnel: The trustees rehired Jim Stryffeler as road department foreman, Randy Smith as full-time road department employee, Paul Manypenny as recycling coordinator and Jessica Zepernick as part-time recycling assistant. All employees including police personnel will receive a 25 cent hourly pay increase with the exception of reserve officers who will receive a 50 cent hourly increase, effective Dec. 29.
The trustees also appointed John Bricker as fire prevention officer until the trustees' February meeting. Bricker has retired as Damascus fire chief and a new chief will not be appointed until the end of this month.
2013 road program: The trustees approved the following projects for the 2014 road program: culvert improvement and upgrades to Smith-Goshen Road, drainage improvement on North Stratton Road, seal coating on Diagonal Road and upgrades to Mill Street, Duck Creek Road from state Route 165 to Pine Lake Road and Seacrist Road from state Route 14 to state Route 165.
Projects to be submitted to the county engineer's office include berming, brush trimming and culvert replacement on county roads as needed, paving of Middletown Road from Duck Creek Road to Stratton Road and from state Route 534 to Seacrist Road, paving of Diagonal Road from state Route 165 to Duck Creek Road and paving and Garfield Road from state Route 14 to state Route 534.
Township supervision: The trustees agreed to continue as a board in supervising township business as follows: Todd Beeson and Heineman for cemeteries, McCracken as police liaison and to monitor equipment needs and repairs for the police department, Heineman to monitor equipment needs and repairs for the road department, Beeson to monitor house numbering in the township, Beeson and Heineman to the township Fireman's Dependency Board and Knoedler and McCracken to the township Records Commission. The trustees will act as a board in monitoring the need of building, repairing and maintaining roads.
The next regular trustees meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 13 at the administration building.