February’s Treasurers’ Report and January’s Minutes

In an effort to continually become more transparent to our residents and encourage an open dialogue between you, the resident, and your local Government.  You will find each month, the Treasurer’s Report as read and approved at the monthly Supervisors’ meeting as well as the meeting minutes that were approved from the previous month’s meeting.  As always, we are working hard each and every day to make Winfield Township a GREAT place to live, work, play, and stay.

Yours in Service,

Adam Hartwig

 

February Treasurers’ Report

1-28-2016 Supervisors Meeting

Health Screenings Offered!

Winfield Township Volunteer Fire Hall is pleased to offer a preventive health event.  Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings on 3/18/2016.  Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount).  All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.  In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners.

January’s Treasurer Report and December’s Meeting Minutes

In an effort to continually become more transparent to our residents and encourage an open dialogue between you, the resident, and your local Government.  You will find each month, the Treasurer’s Report as read and approved at the monthly Supervisors’ meeting as well as the meeting minutes that were approved from the previous month’s meeting.  As always, we are working hard each and every day to make Winfield Township a GREAT place to live, work, play, and stay.

 

Yours in Service,

 

Adam Hartwig

 

12-17-2015 Supervisors Meeting

January Treasurers Report

Gold Standards in Winfield Township

Winfield Township has received statewide recognition for their newsletter that goes out twice a year!  A little over a year ago, Winfield revamped their newsletter to a several page full color edition.  It was submitted for a statewide contest for Most Improved Newsletter as well as Best Newsletter, Class 3.  Winfield Township’s newsletter went up against 37 other Township’s and 95 other entries.  I am excited to report that Winfield Township has placed First in the Most Improved Newsletter category and Third in the Best Newsletter, Class 3, Category.

This is just another way we are working hard each and every day to become more transparent and improve communications between the Township and our Residents!

 

 

Yours in Service,

 

 

Adam T. Hartwig

 

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December Treasurer’s Report . November Meeting Minutes

In an effort to continually become more transparent to our residents and encourage an open dialogue between you, the resident, and your local Government.  You will find each month, the Treasurer’s Report as read and approved at the monthly Supervisors’ meeting as well as the meeting minutes that were approved from the previous month’s meeting.  As always, we are working hard each and every day to make Winfield Township a GREAT place to live, work, play, and stay.

 

12-2015 Treasurers’ Report

November 2015 Meeting Minutes

 

 

 

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at winfieldtwp@zoominternet.net

Yours in Service,

 

Adam T. Hartwig

2016-2022 Capital Improvement Plan & Proposed Budget

As many people may have seen or heard in the media,  the Winfield Township Board of Supervisors have proposed a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) along with the Budget for 2016.  This Seven-year Capital Improvement Plan is something that has never been done in Winfield Township, but it is something that is much needed.

This plan allows for the setting aside of funds each year, in a Capital Improvement Fund for large Capital purchases (dump trucks, loaders, and salt storage buildings) as well as large infrastructure improvement projects (paving, stormwater improvements, and possibly bridge replacements).

 

Facts and Figures on the Budget and Plan:

 

Current Millage Rate: 3 mills

Proposed Millage Rate: 5 mills

 

1 mill generates approximately $27,000.00 for the Township.  On average, 1 mill will cost a residential property owner about $20.00 per year.

Currently, when residents pay their taxes, for every dollar they pay, approximately $0.03 (3 cents) comes to the Township, $0.77 goes to the school district, and $0.22 goes to the county.

 

 

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With that being said, here is the information and a brief explanation on the 2016 Budget:

 

 

Projected Revenues: $ 663,141.00

Projected Expenditures: $ 662,979.00

Notable Expenditures:

  1. Stormwater: $20,000.00
  2. Capital Purchases: $37,000.00
  3. Capital Improvement Fund: $25,000.00
  4. Public Safety: $31,300.00
  5. Administrative and Building: $124,099.00

 

We have several stormwater projects planned for next year; Jones Road, Cornplanter Road, Marwood Road, and Helmbold Ave.   This figure is more realistic of the needs of our current infrastructure and the cost estimates to do the work.

Capital Purchases: We are in need of replacing our pick-up truck that is currently used for not only road maintenance in the summer but also for winter maintenance.  Additionally, we are planning to purchase a new HTC (hydraulic truck conveyor) as well as a moon paver to replace the one we currently have that has reached the end of it’s useful life.

We feel that the proposed budget and CIP provides a much more sustainable framework and guide for the Township to operate by in the years to come.  By looking at a larger time span (Seven years), we are able to map our when all our current debt obligations mature, what our projected projects and purchases will be over the next decade, and how we plan to fund them.  We can say that with reasonable certainty, over the next several years, we will be able to reinvest more tax dollars back into the infrastructure, provide a better service to the residents, be better prepared for not only the unexpected but for the future, and last but not least, this proposed tax increase of 2 mills, it is sustainable, it will allow the Township to do more, plan better, and provide a better service to the residents of the Township.

While a tax increase is not favorable or popular, we all can agree that over the years, things have become more expensive.  In 1988, gas was $1.08 per gallon, a first class stamp cost $0.25, and the average price of a new car was $10,400.00  Over 27 years, I have seen prices rise and can remember when I was able to fill my vehicle up for $20.00.  Now, even though the price of oil is dropping, we have seen gas prices as high as $5.00 per gallon and $20.00 can’t even get you two movie tickets and a popcorn on a Friday night.

We are no exception, new dump trucks are $200,000.00, salt prices have increase $9.00 per ton in one year, one catch basin will cost us almost $1,000.00, and pipe is close to $7.00 per for, and as vehicle traffic increases, the demand for better roads increases.

That is why we have decided to take a proactive and sustainable approach to the matter here at Winfield Township.  We work hard everyday to make Winfield Township a great place to live, work, play, and stay.

 

Please view the 2016 Proposed Revenues here.

Please view the 2016 Proposed Expenditures here.

Please view the proposed Capital Improvement Plan here.

You can also view the slideshow presentation that was give at the November 19, 2015 Supervisors Meeting here.

 

Remember: The road to success is always under construction.

 

 

Yours in Service,

 

 

Adam T. Hartwig

Township  Secretary, Winfield Township

 

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, I would be happy to hear from you!

winfieldtwp@zoominternet.net

724-352-3333

 

 

HELP WANTED….INQUIRE WITHIN!!!

 

 

 

 

FULL-TIME HELP WANTED.  Winfield Township is accepting applications for the position of Full-Time Road Crew worker.  Applicants shall have a current CDL license, minimum Class B,  and be able to meet all CDL requirements upon hiring.  Applicant shall be able to perform tasks included but not limited to; road maintenance, equipment operation and maintenance, and winter maintenance tasks.  Employees are subject to call outs as needed, should be able to lift items up to 50lbs, and be able to perform physical labor tasks.  Background in welding and fabricating is preferred.  Motivated applicants who meet or exceed the expectations above should contact the Township Secretary, Adam T. Hartwig, at 724-352-3333 for an application.  Applications due no later than 5:00 PM 11/19/15.  Winfield Township is an EOE.

 

Application for Employment

 

 

Yours in Service,

 

 

Adam Hartwig

Trick or Treat 2015

Trick or Treat for Winfield Township will be held Saturday October 31, 2015 from 6-8 PM.

 

If you are driving around, please turn your headlights on, if your are stopped and/or moving slowly utilize your four way flashers.

Please remember… from the bravest of superheroes to the noblest of knights, everyone should remember to bring their flashlights.

 

 

Yours in Service,

 

Adam Hartwig

Meeting Minutes February-June 2015

2-26-15 Supervisors Meeting

3-26-15 Supervisors Meeting

4-30-15 Supervisors Meeting

5-28-2015 Supervisors Meeting

6-17-2015 Supervisors Meeting

6-25-2015 Supervisors Meeting

‘I’ll be there for you’

As I sat in a recognition luncheon today and watched a slideshow of Interns’ accomplishments while the popular TV Sitcom, Friends, theme song playing in the background, I began to think about why it is we do what we do.  Work in Local Government and spend countless hours striving to make that community a better place to live.

For me it means working to make our community better, working to put programs in place that will ensure each road gets attention in a timely manner by developing a rating system of road conditions and tying that in with the budget.  It also means producing a budget that will invest your tax dollars back into the community so that you will be able to reap  the benefits of your hard earned dollar.  If you read our newsletter last year, you would have saw that Winfield Township obtain a Silver Level Certification as part of the Sustainable Pennsylvania Program.  This means the Township has taken the stance that things like recycling,  producing a balanced budget, providing for a carry-over from one budget year to the next, and regular communications with the residents of the Township are very important to us and we feel that they will all make the Township a better place to live, work, play, and stay.

As the slideshow began to come to an end, I realized that working in Local Government is not about the ‘I’ or the ‘Me’, it is about you, the residents and having somebody that will be there for you when you have a question or a problem.  Now, I must add a disclaimer that we cannot solve every problem that everyone has, sometimes there are things that the Township cannot do. But, what i can promise you is that if you have a problem, I am always here to listen and work to help solve that problem with you or point you in the right direction.  I will also work hard to make Winfield Township a great place to live now and for years to come.  I truly believe that Local Government is ‘where it’s at’… it is where people are able to easily and quickly (yes, quick is a word in our Government’s vocabulary!) see results!  Because, after all, if you can’t count on your Local Government, who can you count on?

Watching the bright eyed Interns get their certifications for completion of their programs made me remember how just last year we had an Intern that accomplished so much for us.  It also showed me that there are young people who are interested in their communities and are willing to help out and work hard to make it a better place for everyone.

While we must have Laws, and we must enforce those Laws, we can also work to make our community a better place to live for tomorrow and the years to come by being more Sustainable, forward thinking, and planning for not just tomorrow but for 5 and 10 years down the road, and longer!  This is what we strive to do at Winfield Township so that we will always be able to say ‘hey, we’ll be here for you!’ After all, it’s a labor of love and that is why we all do what we do.  To be here for our residents and serve them to the best of our ability.

 

As always.

Yours in Service,

Adam Hartwig