By LorettaRodgers

 lrodgers@myspiritnews.com

Aston commissioners, last week, named the Aston Police Department as 2016 Citizens of the Year.

Commissioners President Jim Stigale read a proclamation praising Chief Dan Ruggieri and members of the police department for their professionalism and dedication to the township.

“The Aston Township Police Department provides excellent, professional service each and every day along with great concern for the safety and well-being of the (community),” Stigale said. “Our dedicated police officers respond to emergencies, which often are of a life-threatening nature. Their ability to evaluate the situation quickly with regard and respect for all involved is always practiced. The dangers they encounter can change in a matter of seconds. Our brave officers give Aston Township residents protection, understanding, and strength when it is truly needed. Our officers help this community no matter what the situation they encounter.”

Stigale said township police provide first class service and officers can be found at all township events giving of their time to keep the community safe.

Aston Township Police Chief Dan Ruggieri poses with his officers following a proclamation by the Aston Board of Commissioners naming the entire Aston Township Police Department as 2016 Citizens of the Year. Also pictured is Commissioners President Jim Stigale and First Ward Commissioner Mike Link. Photo by Loretta Rodgers

Aston Township Police Chief Dan Ruggieri poses with his officers following a proclamation by the Aston Board of Commissioners naming the entire Aston Township Police Department as 2016 Citizens of the Year. Also pictured is Commissioners President Jim Stigale and First Ward Commissioner Mike Link. Photo by Loretta Rodgers

Stigale also acknowledged Ruggieri being current president of the Delaware County Police Chief’s Association.

He said the community is proud of the police “and we offer thanks and respect to them for all they do.”

At the end of the meeting, every commissioner individually expressed appreciation to the chief and officers.

Members of the police department will serve as grand marshals at Aston Community Day on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 11 A.M.-3 P.M.

In other matters, commissioners approved an ordinance amending the extending agreement with the Delaware County Solid Waste Authority (DCSWA).

The township has delivered its waste to the DCSWA facility since 1992 and via the ordinance, will extend its agreement for 25 years, beginning Jan. 1, 2017.

Commissioners accepted the $1,589,798 minimum municipal obligation for the police pension plan and the $106,801 obligation for the non-uniformed pension plan.

A $3,128 proposal was accepted from CM3 for replacement of the condensing unit at the community center. A second, $9,756 proposal from CM3 to replace the compressor at the community center was also approved.

Township Manager William McConville was given permanent status following a required 90-day probation period.

Commissioners also approved a $203,040 agreement with Eastern Salt Company.

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