Board of Supervisors

Jacob C. Meyer –  Chairman

Carl R. Kauffman III –  Vice-chairman

Michael C. Graby – Member

The Second Class Township Code specified that the governing body of a township of the Second Class be made up of three (3) elected Supervisors. The Supervisors are elected from the Township at large to six (6) year terms with one (1) member elected every two (2) years in the odd year to begin serving January 1st of the even year. To qualify to serve as a Township Supervisor, an individual must be a registered voter of and maintain residency within the Township during the term of office.

The Board’s responsibilities are derived from the Second Class Township Code. The Second Class Township Code places the general supervision of the affairs of the Township in the hands of the Board of Supervisors. As such, Supervisors are required to assume many of the roles found in separate branches or levels of state and federal governments. Specifically, Supervisors serve in legislative, executive, and administrative capacities.

Some of the responsibilities of the Supervisors, to name a few are as follows:

•General care, improvement and maintenance of Township roads and bridges.

•Infrastructure.

•Regulation of building and construction.

•Street Lighting.

•Signing and Signalization of Township roads.

•Approving the Budget.

•Enacting regulations to promote the welfare of the community.

•Establishing Township policy.

•Meet with residents to obtain input on Township programs and policies.

•Meet with other elected officials and Township staff on issues of general government.

•Review of technical reports from engineers, planners and other professionals.

•Attend county association and the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors meetings and conferences.

•Participate in the inspection of specific problems or proposals within the Township.

•Report on the status of local government affairs to the many concerned citizens of the Township.

DELEGATION OF BOARD FUNCTIONS:

The administration of townships and other forms of municipal government has become very complex. As such, most townships delegate some administrative responsibilities to appointed officials or firms. The Second Class Township Code allows the Board of Supervisors to appoint individuals who possess a specific expertise to employed administrative positions. In this regard, Bethel Township has appointed a Township Solicitor, Township Engineer, Zoning and Building Professionals, although appointment of other specialized professionals is also permitted.

The township code also permits the Board of Supervisors to enlist the capabilities of its citizenry through formation of authorities, boards and commissions. This allows the governing body to draw upon citizens with particular expertise and to directly involve citizens in their government. Some of the more common authorities, boards and commissions operating in Second Class Townships are planning commissions, recreations committees, environmental advisory councils, zoning hearing boards, municipal authority and agriculture security advisory board.

SUMMARY

Local government is becoming more complex every day. Citizens expect effective and efficient services, and federal and state governments are placing more and more responsibilities at the local level. The successful operation of a township requires the time and effort of many people. Bethel Township offers several educational and information services, such as minutes which are provided through this web site to the Board of Supervisors meetings, and the other township committee meetings.

Township meetings will be held in the Bethel Township Office Meeting Room at 60 Klahr Rd.

 Check calendar on home page for meeting dates.

The Board of Supervisors of Bethel Township has scheduled their 2017 Public Meetings for 7:00 p.m.

January 3, 2017 – Reorganization Meeting

January 16, 2017 – Meeting Minutes

January 24, 2017 –  Joint Meeting BOS and PC

January 24, 2017 – Meeting Minutes

February 20, 2017 – Meeting Minutes

February 28, 2017 – Joint Meeting BOS and PC

February 28, 2017 – Meeting Minutes

March 20, 2017 – Meeting Minutes

March 28, 2017 – Joint Meeting BOS and PC

March 28, 2017 – Meeting Minutes

April 4, 2017 – Meeting Minutes Weidner Bridge/Salem Road

April 17, 2017 – Meeting Minutes

May 15, 2017 – Meeting Minutes

May 23, 2017 – No meeting held due to lack of quorum

June 5, 2017 – Meeting Minutes

June 19, 2017 – Meeting Minutes

June 27, 2017 – Joint Meeting BOS and PC

June 27, 2017 – Meeting Minutes

July 18, 2016 – Meeting Minutes

July 26, 2016 – Meeting Minutes LERTA Hearing

July 26, 2016 – Meeting Minutes

August 15, 2016 – Meeting Minutes

August 23, 2016 – Meeting Minutes

August 31, 2016 – Emergency Responder Meeting

September 19, 2016 – Meeting Minutes

September 27, 2016 – Meeting Minutes

October 10, 2016 – Budget

October 17, 2016 – Meeting Minutes

October 25, 2016 – Comprehensive Plan Hearing

October 25, 2016 – Special Meeting Comprehensive Plan

October 25, 2016 – Meeting Minutes

November 16, 2016 – Budget

November 21, 2016 – Meeting Minutes

November 22, 2016 – Meeting Minutes

December 19, 2016 – Meeting Minutes

December 27, 2016 – Meeting Minutes

December 29, 2016 – Meeting Minutes

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