Greenfield Twp. Mourns Loss of Supervisor
January 13, 2022
The Greenfield Township Board of Supervisors observed a moment of silence in remembrance of Matthew Treon at their combined reorganizational and regular meetings on Jan. 3, 2022. Treon, who passed away the previous week, was the township’s long-time road foreman. He also served as a supervisor since 2018.
Grace Helsel, a former township employee, spoke in honor and memory of Treon. She said that it is important to remember the time and effort that supervisors put into the township and said it would be hard to fill Treon’s many roles with the township.
Eric Casanave, the township’s engineer, called Treon’s passing “a major loss.”
The board is seeking applications through Jan. 14 to fill the vacancy created by Treon’s passing.
During reorganization, Jordan Oldham was nominated to serve as board chairman by Alex Musselman. Oldham nominated Musselman to serve as vice-chairman. The meeting was Musselman’s first as a member of the board.
Oldham “regrettably” accepted a motion by Musselman to serve as the township’s road foreman.
The board retained Patrick Fanelli as solicitor, Stiffler McGraw as engineering firm and AMED as ambulance service.
Meetings will continue to be held on the first Tuesday of the month beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The regular meeting drew an audience of approximately 20 community members.
Oldham addressed questions about the furloughing of police officer Samuel McClure during the board’s previous meeting in Dec. 2021.
Residents asked why the board signed a new collective bargaining agreement in November then laid off an officer the following month. Oldham said that the board had the option to come to terms with the union, or go to arbitration, so they elected to reach an agreement. The township “explored all options,” regarding the police department, he said. The furloughing was primarily based on money.
One audience member questioned whether the negotiations were unfair if the board knew that the new budget would not support the terms set forth in the police contract. Oldham said the formation of the budget was still in the works when the agreement was reached.
Two of the three supervisors who made the decisions are no longer a part of the board, Oldham noted.
Bruce Walters, Blue Knob Volunteer Fire Company chief, said that police service can be invaluable during emergencies. From a citizen’s perspective, he said investing in the police department would be “money well spent.” He encouraged the board to find ways to avoid deficits to keep a fully staffed department.
With the full-time police staff reduced from three officers to two, the schedule has been adjusted to focus on covering peak hours, according to Oldham. The department is looking to include part-time officers into the schedule.
In 2021, the police department handled 2,039 calls for service. The department ended the year $15,714 over budget.
The board voted to give an annual donation of $10,000 to the Claysburg Volunteer Fire Company and $5,000 to the Blue Knob Volunteer Fire Company for 2021.