Ransom: Not at liberty to discuss resignation

First Posted: 4/11/2012

RANSOM TWP. – The Ransom Township Board of Supervisors distributed a written statement at its meeting April 2 regarding the resignation of Kathy Zielinski from her position as township secretary-treasurer.

According to the supervisors, Zielinski, who worked with the township about 18 years, resigned after irregularities were discovered by Ransom Township auditors in some township accounts, and her resignation was accepted at an emergency meeting March 19.

“Since the matter has been referred to law enforcement for investigation,” according to the statement, “we are not at liberty to discuss anything with respect to the case including information obtained from the Township Auditors, information provided to law enforcement, or the course and scope of the investigation.”

It ended by stating that the Supervisors would not be able to answer any questions at that night’s meeting relating to the matter, and thanking attendees for their understanding.

Supervisors did, however, answer some questions relating to the job opening for the position previously held by Zielinski, saying they are looking for an experienced individual to fill a temporary position at no more than 20 hours a week.

“We’ve been trying to keep the ship afloat here,” said Supervisor David Bird, “and it’s not easy, to be honest with you, trying to get the right person in there, because there’s a lot of qualifications that we need.”

Supervisor Dennis Macheska is filling the position until a replacement is found.

The Supervisors voted in favor of resolutions appointing Berkheimer to collect the fourth quarter earned income tax for residents of Ransom Township, a task previously carried out by Zielinski.

Bird gave the road report, and said the road crew will be finished cutting trees soon and is working on a small water issue on Community Drive. He said the crew will be meeting soon to decide which roads will receive work this year.

Bird announced the Spring Cleanup is planned for May 4 from 7 a.m. -7 p.m. and May 5 from 7 a.m. – noon. He said tires, batteries and closed paint cans will be restricted, but there will be free TV and computer recycling.

The supervisors voted to appoint Supervisor William Brown as assistant roadmaster.

Lackawanna County Community Relations Coordinator Rick Notari introduced himself to supervisors and explained he will be acting as a liaison between them and the Lackawanna County Commissioners. He said he will attend all supervisors’ meetings in the future, and be available to answer questions the supervisors might have for the county.

Ransom Township Zoning Officer Bob Lukiewicz made a statement to township residents. He said he is always available to answer questions they may have regarding township zoning ordinance. He said the ordinance may look black and white, but a lot of it is gray. The next Ransom Township Board of Supervisors meeting will be held May 7 at 7 p.m. at the Township Building on Hickory Lane.

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