BEAR CREEK TWP. — One significant change marked an otherwise routine reorganizational meeting for the Bear Creek Township supervisors on Monday.
The supervisors voted to switch from using PNC Bank as their main depositor to using Franklin Security Bank, a move board Chairman Gary Zingaretti said was prompted by changes in PNC’s fees and policies.
Zingaretti said PNC informed the township of changes that would have increased fees and decreased interest rates and some available services. When the township sought other proposals, Franklin Security’s terms were better in nearly all categories than PNC’s original plan, he said.
“This was forced on us by PNC’s fees but in the end, it will be better for the township,” Zingaretti said.
As part of the reorganizational meeting, Zingaretti was re-sworn in as a supervisor, along with fellow Supervisor Ruth Ann Koval. Tax collector Tracey O’Day and auditors Joan Belcher and Brian Zingaretti were also sworn in.
Brian Zingaretti is Gary Zingaretti’s son. The senior Zingaretti said the township checked into the situation and it is legal for his son to serve as a township auditor.
In other business, the township formally approved a donation of $1,300 to reimburse Bear Creek Baseball for costs of repairs to a fence at the Little League field and approved pursuing the highway occupancy permit for the new Bear Creek Community Charter School.
It was explained that PennDOT requires the municipality to get the permit, but the township will require the Bear Creek Foundation, which is building the school, to indemnify the township to protect taxpayers.