Aston commissioners unanimously appointed John Dougherty to fill the unexpired term of First Ward Commissioner Michael Link.
Dougherty is a two-year township resident. He was born and raised in Drexel Hill and graduated from Monsignor Bonner High School. Dougherty received a BA in biology from Penn State University and a masters degree in business from Drexel University. He works as a pharmacy consultant and served as a member of the Penn- Delco School Board for six years, four of those years as board vice president.
“I appreciate the confidence the Board of Commissioners has shown in me,” Dougherty said. “I will do my very best for the residents of the First Ward and for all the township.”
In other matters, commissioners voted 6-0-1 to adopt the 2018 preliminary operating budget. Dougherty abstained from the vote because he was sworn into office just a few minutes prior to the presentation of the budget.
The preliminary budget totals $15,406,312, reflecting a zero tax increase for residents. If adopted, millage will remain at 4.7. A resident with a home assessed at $150,000 will pay $705 in township real estate taxes. The sanitation fee will also remain steady at $240 annually.
Expenditures include $6,254 for police; $1,427,439 for public works; and $892,354 for administration.
Included in the proposed budget is a 3.25 percent pay increase for all uniform and non-uniform employees. Funding will be provided for two replacement police vehicles and replacement of a Ford F350 pick-up truck with plow and trash truck for the Public Works Department.
Commissioners approved a $117,971 proposal from Remington and Vernick to provide engineering services for land development for the Aston Township Fire Department.
Commissioners approved the conditional use application submitted by Eric Wilson, of Euromotive Autohaus, LLC, to conduct automotive repairs at its proposed facility at 14 Crozerville Road.
Also, a proclamation was presented to the Northley Middle School girl’s volleyball team for achieving an undefeated 2016-2017 season.