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Borough Pays to Keep Staff Through Year's End

Macungie will use 'found' money to hang on to personnel the 2012 budget would not allow.

The borough of Macungie will keep its administrative staff in the positions they currently occupy through Dec. 1, according to a decision made in executive session of Monday's council meeting.

According to the very tight and , the budget only supported keeping the administrator of the through July 31.

Karen Holt's job was to end at that time, according to the budget.

The tax collector who works in , Rosemarie Nonnemacher, was to take over the Macungie Institute job as of Aug. 1, it said.

And the third borough administrator, Doris Horner, who also works at Borough Hall was to be unaffected.

At Monday night's council meeting, council decided in executive session to continue to pay Holt through the end of 2012 with money it had not expected to have, said Borough Manager Chris Boehm.

Nonnemacher will remain at Borough Hall as a result, also.

Additionally, council decided in executive session, council adopted a separation agreement to provide for Horner's retirement as of Dec. 1.

The agreement pays more than $10,000 that will cover vacation and sick days to which Horner is and was entitled to but has not used. It will also pay about $9,000 for single employee benefits until Horner is Medicare eligible about 13 months after she retires.

The money came in the form of an unanticipated insurance dividend of $29,000 the borough learned of earlier this year, Boehm said.

It will provide about $21,000 for Holt's salary, she said.

Money for Horner's insurance will come from the 2013 budget, Boehm said, and the money for Horner's sick and vacation pay has been provided for all along as part as part of the Teamsters 773 bargaining unit to which Horner belongs.

Ron Beitler August 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM
@Kelly if you are saying the 2012 budget information available online is incorrect. Well then that truly is a an issue. http://www.macungie.pa.us/Budget/GFExpenditures%202012.pdf 2 patrol FT officers salary = 107,536.00 / 2 = Is that what you are saying?
Kelly August 13, 2012 at 06:45 PM
That figure is off by quite a bit ( and I did check this out) the starting salary was in the the low 40's and there was only 1 full time and 1 30hr position. The 30hr officer left before the budget took effect and the FT officer was cut by the budget and offered PT. I hear he took another FT position in another city ( can't blame him). If the 2 salaries were averaged, I have no knowledge of that but didn't want the public believing these officers were being paid more than they actually were.
Responsible Citizen August 14, 2012 at 12:38 PM
AMEN!!!! Well said and very true as we are well aware here in daily life of Macungie politics!! The next election cannot come soon enough!!
Ron Beitler August 16, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Here is the budget info: Line item: 410 Police Department Police Chief’s Salary: 57,429 Sergeant’s Salary: 57,408.00 Corporal/K9 Officer Salary: 56,181.00 Patrol Officer Wages: 107,536.00 This is for 2 full time patrol police officers Part-time Police Wages: 51,359.00 The Borough employs part-time officers at $16.37/hr Source: 2012 General Fund Expenditures Note for comparison UMT is advertising it's positions at "The starting probationary salary is $51,000." - Source Patch article, I would imagine this is for full time patrol. My point is simply this. In no way shape or form are MPD officers underpaid.
Kelly August 16, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Yes Ron I read the budget.... I still stand by my comment......they new hires did not make near 50,000. I have no idea where this figure came from but it isn't accurate!

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