Township, fire company extend agreement a bit

January 8, 2020 Cranberry Local News

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CRANBERRY TWP — As the township and fire company work to finalize a multiyear agreement, supervisors Monday extended the current operating agreement through April 30.

Township Manager Jerry Andree said the extension allows the township and Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company to operate under the terms of the previous multiyear agreement while finishing negotiations for one in the future.“We have just not completed discussions on what our next multiyear agreement will look like,” Andree said. “The next agreement will be the one that will represent our relationship over the next several years.”

Supervisors previously extended the agreement at the board's Sept. 5 meeting. That extension would have expired Jan. 31.

Public Works

The board further approved what Andree called “a little restructuring” of its Public Works Department, which they believe will help the department run more efficiently.

Kelly Mauer was appointed assistant director of public works, and Greg Hoover was named the department's program manager. Andree said the reshuffling came as a result of a Six Sigma evaluation of the department's processes, which found inefficiencies.

“As we grew larger, we developed silos,” Andree said. “The silos were not communicating and working with each other as efficiently as they should.”

The silos were programs public works covered or programs covered by both public works and other departments. To remedy this, Mauer's new position will focus on the department's operations, while Hoover will ensure efficiency within the department.

“He will evaluate and manage all the various programs that we have from the nine different activities within public works,” Andree said.

Parking upgrade

Cranberry Township will also upgrade the rear parking lot at its municipal center.

Andree said the lot will be resurfaced and rehabilitated, and new stormwater drainage will be added. He said the township expects to add 70 to 80 parking spots by reorienting the corrals.

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