Salary ordinance approved by committee

Focused on salary ranges and project with

Joseph Metz/The Sun

The Harrison Township Committee approved a salary ordinance and several resolutions during its work session on Feb. 5.

The ordinance – first introduced at a Jan. 16 meeting – adjusts both hourly and yearly salary ranges for township employees, such as committee members and police officers. The minimum and maximum ranges were provided at the meeting as, was a copy of the ordinance printed with the session’s agenda.

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“Patrolmen overtime pay shall be in accordance with the agreement entered into between the township of Harrison and the Harrison Township Police Association,” the ordinance reads. “Any full-time or part-time police employee – subject to approval by the township committee – may request and receive severance wages payable at an amount approved by the said township committee.”

A public hearing was held on the ordinance without attendee participation. It was then approved by all committee members except Mayor Louis Manzo, who was absent due to a death in the family. The session was run by Deputy Mayor Lawrence Moore, who offered condolences to the mayor and his family.

“It’s a tough time for him and his family,” Moore noted.

” … I would just like to say on behalf of the township committee, the administrative staff and the entire Harrison Township family, I would like to express our condolences to Mayor Manzo and the entire Manzo family.”

Two other ordinances were approved for introduction at the meeting, with a public hearing on those set for the next committee session on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Resolutions passed during the meeting focus on several development projects taking place in the Orchard View neighborhood by developer Meyer Mullica Hill LLC.

“Basically we’re approving the performance bond estimate and we’re approving an improvement bond as well,” said Township Solicitor Brian Duffield. “So, it’s all related to the same project.”

Site work, construction and improvements at Orchard View have been ongoing since 2021. Work approved by the committee includes safety and stabilization, landscape buffering, wastewater facilities, public facilities and a bridge.

The neighborhood is a 55-plus community in its second phase of construction. The bond to fund the third phase was also approved by the committee.

The next committee meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20, rather than Monday, which is President’s Day.

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