Kennedy again looking for asst. secretary



In an interview after the meeting, Weinstein said he’d interviewed four candidates so far to replace Castelveter, but hadn’t settled on anyone.


—ON THE AGENDA—


By Elizabeth Perry


Mel Weinstein, treasurer, tax collector and manager, announced the township had accepted the resignation of Josh Castelveter as assistant secretary at a June 9 meeting. Castelveter’s last day with Kennedy Township was May 31.


Castelveter’s tenure in the position began on Feb. 7. He replaced Rebecca Panizzi, whose service to the township as a base operator and then assistant secretary lasted 40 years.


In an interview after the meeting, Weinstein said he’d interviewed four candidates so far to replace Castelveter, but hadn’t settled on anyone.


Pump stations


Commissioner Don Morrow announced in his report that pipelines leading into 11 pump stations around the township had been repaired.


“We had to replace several hundred feet of ductile iron,” he said. The township spent nearly $250,000 in unexpected sewer repairs between the end of 2020 into 2021. Earlier, that cost had been estimated to be $200,000, according to statements made by Weinstein last year.



Morrow blamed the age of the pipes, saying the lines had a lifespan of 50 years.


“Well those 50 years caught up to us in a pandemic year,” Morrow said. In a phone call after the meeting, Morrow explained the time frame of the breaks and said the township hadn’t needed to do any sewer line repairs so far this year.


Weinstein said the digging was contracted out to Gasparovich Excavation, but the repairs were done in house. Weinstein said the additional money came from a “rainy day fund.”


Community Days


Kennedy Township Community Days is scheduled to take place Aug. 17-20.


The festival, which will feature carnival rides for the first time since the pandemic, will be capped off with the Kennedy Fire Department parade and a fireworks show. The fire department is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year.


The parade is scheduled to begin at Archangel Gabriel Parish Church (St. Malachy’s) and will culminate at Fairhaven Park.


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