Borough staff vacancies have some McSherrystown residents worried.
The borough is down to one maintenance worker, several residents said during the public comment period of the recent borough council meeting.
“I don’t know what you’re expecting, but the snow is coming,” resident Rick Groft said.
Several others made the same point about keeping roads clear in winter and said they hadn’t seen any advertisements on the borough’s website for vacancies.
Resident Becky Kopf said she hadn’t seen any postings on the website for a maintenance position or the long-vacant post of borough manager, even though such assignments would cost nothing.
Meanwhile, important borough functions are not being fulfilled, Kof charged.
“It’s time to take it and do something about it. And if the responsible person can’t, then one of the other council members should do it,” she said.
“You have to fill these positions. You must have a borough manager. You must have a full-time secretary-treasurer. You need a janitor,” said former Borough Secretary-Treasurer Luanne Boring.
“Get some help,” or there’s a real chance of kicking the remaining maintenance worker “out of town,” resident Bill Smith said.
Council member Tim Klunk said the borough was “going to need people at some of the most inconvenient times. We’re going to need someone dedicated to do that.
“We only have one maintenance person here in town, so you know Keith is falling behind every day,” council member Joe VonSas said, referring to Keith Smith.
“We are short-staffed and the Borough of Hanover has helped, and Borough of Hanover officials say this is strictly temporary” and “we have to bring in our own staff to fix the sewers,” said said VonSas, who chairs the Sewers Board. Committee.
In the absence of Board Chairman Dan Colgan, Joyce Murren chaired the meeting and read a report from the Board’s Personnel Committee, led by Colgan.
“McSherrystown has withdrawn its job offer for part-time code enforcement officer and the position will remain open to applicants,” Murren read.
“Due to the expected staffing issue approved in July, the office will begin to be closed to the public on Tuesday. It started on August 9 and will continue until around the second week of September,” she read.
“There’s nothing mentioned here about Anna Lesscalleet leaving,” VonSas said, referring to a part-time administrative assistant the board hired in September 2020.
“We are not allowed to discuss personnel in public,” Murren said.
In other matters, Murren said there were “no updates yet” on a proposed fence at Borough Hall.
“Is there already an online entrepreneur for this? VonSas asked.
“Yes,” Murren replied.
“And who would it be? asked VonSas.
“Well, I don’t really have that information,” but “when I have the information, I’ll pass it on,” Murren said.
Resident Tom Snyder closed the public comment portion of the meeting in an unusual fashion, pivoting on the podium to face the audience of around a dozen.
“Rather than go to the board, I’m going to do to them – with the exception of Joe VonSas, who is doing a great job – what they did to the people of McSherrystown. I’m going to turn my back on them, and unlike them, I’m going to speak to the people of the borough of McSherrystown,” Snyder said.
He urged residents to “please come and attend these meetings. We must take back our city.
Otherwise, residents will “pay more taxes, get fewer services, and watch this city go further down the toilet,” Snyder said.
He claimed that attendance at the meetings will show that “it is not just a few of us, it is the majority of us who are not happy with the dictatorship or the puppeteer and his followers”. .
At a board meeting in May, members of the public expressed their displeasure with Colgan’s leadership. Several wore yellow t-shirts that read, “’Dictator Dan’ Colgan is not ‘Transparent’.