Co-Pay in Auditor Litigation Costs Township $3500
By Bessy Gurian
Pike County Dispatch - Thursday, August 4, 2016
DINGMAS FERRY – Delaware Township Supervisors voted to compensate IRM $3,500 as a combined copay in defense of the Township in the auditor litigation involving pensions as well as for the defense of former supervisors Ileana Hernandez and Ted Parsell.
Township Supervisor and Chair Jeffrey Scheetz spoke to the Dispatch in a phone interview regarding the outcome of the motion, “As far as we are concerned, this should end the whole matter. The current auditors have chosen not to appeal…Now we just, as we knew we would, have to pay the legal fees, in effect for, suing ourselves.”What Scheetz refers to is a lawsuit filed against the township be elected Auditors Dennis Lee, Michael Dickerson and Jane Neufeld back in 2006 accusing Hernandez and Parsell of illegally compensating themselves through lucrative pensions. Ileana Hernadez and Ted Parsell were employees of Delaware Township and served as elected supervisors. Parsell was the township roadmaster and Hernandez was secretary-treasurer. According to the Second Class Township Code, which covers Delaware Township, when elected supervisors are also township employees, elected auditors set the amount of compensation for them, including pension plans.
Supervisors also approved a motion to have Boucher & James carry out a Road Traffic Study on Doolan Road in order to submit findings to PennDOT. The study, which will cost the township $2,800, would provide PennDOT the data necessary to allow the township to reduce the current default speed of 44 mph to something safer for all those who use the thoroughfare.Boucher & James has also been commissioned to carry out a Load Analysis study of the Recreation Building at Akenac Park, a study that Scheetz comments has not been received in final form.
“We have not seen the final document from Boucher & James yet…but ther is no danger of the Rec Hall collapsing or anything like that. It’s been up in existence for years and years…but we want an official report presenting any work that needs to be done to guarantee it’s going to hold up for the next, however many years. We’re pretty safe now and we need to keep it that way to protect all the people who might be using it.”The township also announced a Free Movie Night at Akenac Park on Saturday, August 13 featuring “Zootopia.” For more information on this and other township news, visit the township Website at www.delawaretownshippa.gov or call (570) 828-2347.