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Marlborough Terminates Township Manager
Written by Ernie Quatrani, Correspondent

            Marlborough Township Board of Supervisors Chair Brian Doremus on Tuesday announced that Eleanor Sadorf was out as township manager/secretary.

            "We terminated the current manager, and we have not filled that position this evening," Doremus said at the township's reorganization meeting Tuesday night. "In my opinion, the board needs time to review the manager's ordinance that's in place."

            Doremus offered that the board may review keeping the position once they have read all of the pertinent information.  Though there is no timetable for deciding the fate of the position, Doremus said, "It will be sooner rather than later."

            After the meeting, Doremus declined to elaborate on the reason for Sadorf's removal and the future of the position.

            In a related move, Marybeth Cody was named to the position of secretary/treasurer, titles that came under the purview of Sadorf. Cody had been the assistant secretary and assistant treasurer.

            The machinations seemed to catch Bill Jacobs by surprise. "I don't even know what the job description is for the position," he argued before abstaining from the vote on the motion to combine the position. Doremus and newly elected board member Billy Hurst cast affirmative votes.

            Jacobs then questioned whether the job was going to be advertised and candidates interviewed. But Doremus nominated Cody for the position and Hurst agreed. Jacobs again abstained.

            "Bill wasn't sure about the position of secretary/treasurer as opposed to having an assistant secretary/treasurer or a township manager/secretary/treasurer," Doremus explained after adjournment.

            Later, an executive session was called to discuss personnel matters. After the meeting reconvened, it was announced that the position of secretary/treasurer had been added to budget with an annual salary of $58,000.

The three commissioners agreed to the change.

            At the start of the meeting, Hurst was sworn in as a board member. New District Judge Maureen Coggins administered the oath of office to Hurst, who replaces Charlie Walter. Montgomery County Commissioner Joseph Gale was also in attendance.

            As the first order of business, Doremus was re-appointed chairperson and Hurst was made vice chairperson.

            Two tax resolutions also passed unanimously. The Real Estate Tax will remain at 2.25 mills, and there are no changes to the Real Estate Transfer Tax and Earned Income Tax.

            Tax collector Mary Jacobs' salary was set at 5 percent of the tax collected, the same as it has been for years. Bill Jacobs abstained from the vote.    

            Considerable time was spent on re-appointments and new appointments to the various committees and commissions maintained by Marlborough. Several positions remain open and Doremus urged residents to check online if they are interested in serving the community.

            Meeting dates will remain the same; the board of supervisors meet the second Wednesday of each month, and workshops, if necessary, are held on the fourth Monday.

            The regular January meeting will be held January 10.

            Hurst, a Marlborough resident for 30 years, described his motivation in running for office as "the betterment of Marlborough Township. I want to bring a couple of new ideas in." Hurst, who lost a bid for supervisor in 2005, was not ready to be specific about his plans, however. 





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