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Draft Agenda for Jan. 19, 2016 Meeting Middletown Borough Council

Last Updated on Friday, 15 January 2016 09:53

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Status of Steel-High superintendent unclear

 rollerEllen Castagneto, superintendent of Steelton Highspire School District, was scheduled to return from medical leave Jan. 11, but is still not back at the district. 

The local district's board of directors originally approved Castagneto's leave through early December, and then approved an extension in early January to continue this leave until Monday, Jan. 11. Travis Waters, acting superintendent, said Castagneto has not returned to the district, but was unable to provide any information about her status.

The school board met Thursday, but did not mention Castagneto nor her status with the district. The board met prior to the meeting in a closed session, citing personnel and legal issues, as it does every time it meets.

Sources from the district said Castagneto's office had been cleaned out by October.


Last Updated on Friday, 15 January 2016 09:51

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Lower Swatara plans hearing on change to Union Street parcel


The Lower Swatara Twp. commissioners are checking their calendars to schedule a hearing on a proposal to change the zoning for land along North Union Street near the eastbound ramp to Route 283. 

The township’s planning commission voted 3-1 on Dec. 17 to recommend the proposed change from suburban residential to commercial highway.

If the hearing is held on a regular meeting night, the commissioners could schedule the hearing no sooner than March 2 to consider the application.

Lee Dickerson, the owner of most of the property in question, argued before the commission that land so close to the highway is not appropriate for residential development.

His initial zoning application, which was expanded to include neighboring property, showed a preliminary example of how it could be developed for three businesses.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 January 2016 15:45

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Former manager signs separation agreement


The Lower Swatara Twp. commissioners accepted the resignation of former township manager Samuel Monticello on Monday, Jan. 4, officially ending his employment with the township.

Monticello resigned after signing a severance agreement on Dec. 17 in which he releases the township from liability and forgoes legal action against the township. Under the terms of the agreement, a copy of which was obtained by the Press And Journal, Monticello agreed to resign and not seek unemployment compensation.

Monticello was notified that his employment ended on Nov. 30 when commissioners Tom Mehaffie and Jon Wilt visited him at the municipal building and presented him a letter signed by all five commissioners – Mehaffie, Wilt, Michael Davies, Laddie Springer and then-commissioner Nick DiFrancesco. DiFrancesco, appointed to fill a vacancy, did not run for election in 2015.

The letter, also obtained by the Press And Journal, states, “After a considered point of reflection and discussion in several executive sessions, it is a collective judgment of the entire board of commissioners that your employment relationship with Lower Swatara Twp. has come to a terminal point. The board simply feels that the township requires a change in leadership in your position in order to move the township in the direction the board wishes it to go.”

The separation agreement provides Monticello $10,000, in addition to payment from unused leave time and three months’ worth of township-paid medical insurance.

According to the letter in which Monticello was offered the position on Jan. 31, 2014, he received a salary of $85,000 with two personal days and 11 days of sick leave with unspecified vacation time for the year. 




Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 January 2016 15:44

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ILLEGAL DEVELOPMENT: Londonderry warns eight Beech leaseholders


Londonderry Twp. fired its first cannonade in its attempt to enforce federal floodplain rules on Susquehanna River island properties, sending a series of letters citing “illegal development’’ to Beech Island leaseholders who failed to get permission for building projects at their summer cabins.

The township’s letters threatened fines of $500 per day and other penalties if the leaseholders do not comply with the rules.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 January 2016 15:41

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