RANSOM TWP. -At the Ransom Township Board of Supervisors Jan. 7 meeting, resident Bill Auriemma presented concerns regarding a list of missing and voided township checks he said nobody seems to be able to account for.
Auriemma said he does not know a lot about the matter, but that four or five people in the township who have been looking at this for a while gave him the partial list to pass on to the supervisors and solicitor. He refused to identify those individuals.
Referring to the list of check numbers, he questioned whether or not all of the many checks recorded as void were actually voided, or if they may have been marked that way after being cashed. He suggested the township contact the bank in order to determine if they were cashed.
Township Solicitor Edmund Scacchitti said it would not be difficult to obtain this information from the bank, but that it would include an expense, as the bank charges fees for such inquiries. He said the supervisors will have to decide if it is worth the expense.
Auriemma said he does not want to be involved in the matter, but is simply the messenger informing the supervisors of the list's existence. He said, however, My personal feeling is...to find out what happened is money well spent.
Scacchitti said he will look into it if given a copy of the list.
Resident Hank Rowinski agreed with Auriemma, Right now we've got so much egg on our face, I think we should take a little extra effort to resolve some of these questions that people have. And if it's a matter of spending some money to look into Bill's questions, I really think we should do that.
And this way, we're all getting along, we're doing what we're supposed to do to resolve this and get beyond, he said, referring to the recent theft case involving township funds, and a plea at last month's meeting from Scacchitti for the township residents to turn the page and move on.
And the only way we are going to do this, Rowinski continued, is by answering people's questions. It's probably something very simple in bookkeeping, but we should all know that.
In other business, the township held its reorganization for 2013, appointing the following individuals and positions:
Sarah Griggs, secretary/treasurer; Dennis Macheska, assistant secretary/treasurer; Lenay Blackwell, elected real estate tax collector, who requested Jerry Blackwell be appointed deputy real estate tax collector; Dennis Macheska, certified building inspector; Bob Lukasiewicz, zoning officer; Osbert Patton, sewage enforcement officer; James Gaidula and Don Carey, alternate sewage enforcement officers; William Brown and David Bird, host landfill inspectors; Sarah Griggs, Planning Commission and zoning secretary; David Bird, roadmaster; Dennis Macheska and William Brown, assistant roadmasters; Horace Davies, road foreman; Dennis Macheska, parks and recreation; Attorney Edmund J. Scacchitti, solicitor; Attorney Donna Devita, Zoning Hearing Board and Planning Commission solicitor; John K. Seamans, engineer; Jerry Blackwell, chairman of Vacancy Board and Jo Ann Carr, Jim Corselius and Joseph Kostiak, Zoning Hearing Board.
It was noted the Independent C.P.A. firm for the 2012 audit will be announced at a later date, as the township is advertising for a new one.
Supervisor William Bud Brown announced the township leased 3.6 acres of land as a holding area to a power company doing work on power lines. Secretary/treasurer Sarah Griggs noted this will bring the township about $4,435 a month.
It was noted the next regular meeting is scheduled for Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.