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Appointments, disappointments at Jay Twp. meeting

January 4, 2012

The annual Jay Twp. reorganizational meeting on Tuesday saw Supervisors Jeremy Rippey and Fran Gustafson vote to not reappoint Supervisor Murray K. Lilley to his position as equipment maintenance manager with the township. Daily Press file photo.

The Jay Township Board of Supervisors' reorganizational meeting on Tuesday night began with Supervisor Jeremy Rippey being appointed to the position of chairman of the board and Murray K. Lilley to that of vice chairman.
Tuesday's meeting also saw the elimination of Supervisor Lilley's position as equipment maintenance employee with the township.
In a vote initiated by Rippey and seconded by Gustafson, the decision was made not to reappoint Lilley to the position, ultimately ending Lilley's 12-year tenure as a township employee.
It was at last year's reorganizational meeting that Lilley's previous position as the township's roadmaster was eliminated in a vote by fellow supervisors Rippey and Gustafson.
The decision to eliminate Lilley's position at that time spurred significant reaction from residents who believed it evidence of an ongoing personal vendetta between the supervisors and the end result of a concerted effort on the part of Rippey and Gustafson to oust Lilley from his position.
At this year's meeting, prior to the official vote, Rippey made the case for his support of not reappointing Lilley, referencing the township budget and need to cut costs.
"We have a lot of repairs that are going to need to be done and you know as well as I do the money is not there in the budget," Rippey said. "We're looking at going from four employees down to three, maintenance may be the same amount of costs but we're losing an entire wage."
Rippey said that the township could expect to save "about $30,000 a year" through the termination of Lilley's position.


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January 7, 2012 by camphillphil (not verified), 3 years 30 weeks ago
Comment: 316

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January 7, 2012 by jade200245623 (not verified), 3 years 30 weeks ago
Comment: 315

I hope someone can prove that Rippey and Gustafson had a secret meeting. This is twice that this has been done to Mr. Lilly. It was almost the same time last year that they gave a bogus excuse to get rid of Mr. Lilley. As far as I know as a Jay township resident he has done a great job of taking care of the machinery, without all the cost of a garage doing the job. It is a sorry shame that Rippey and Gustafson are out to get rid of him. Just maybe our township shoud stand up for Mr. Lilley and get rid of Rippey and Gustafson.

Thank You,

A concerned citizen of Jay Twip


January 4, 2012 by Karma (not verified), 3 years 30 weeks ago
Comment: 313

This meeting was pretty predictable. The two supervisors had their own "secret" meeting earlier in the day and decided that Mr. Lilley was not necessary anymore and that they would bring all equipment breakdowns to local garages. I hope that the township gets racked with huge bills and that it shows the taxpayers what bumbling morons are on the supervisors board. But wait, no one will see it, they just look the other way to corruption in this township. Have at it Gustafson and are the ones that look like fools!


January 6, 2012 by zz (not verified), 3 years 30 weeks ago
Comment: 314

Karma, if these two supervisors had a "secret" meeting and you can prove it. You and any citizens of Jay Twp. may file a complaint that these supervisors violated the PA Sunshine Laws. Supervisors can make no decisions that are not in public. I for one totally agree with you on these two. The decision was cut and dried. These two were totallt out to get rid of Lilley as an employee. However they knew they had no grounds to dismiss him, so they used the excuse that it is to save $$$$$. HOGWASH!!!!!!! As for Gustafson and Rippey they will get theirs sooner or later, the public is already seeing and commenting on how badly these two are acting as supervisors! RECALL!! RECALL!!!

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