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Hebron to patch roads with pay of 2 officials

HEBRON – Hebron Township is putting more money toward road repairs – at the expense of a couple of its top employees.

The township will reduce the salaries of the township supervisor and road commissioner by nearly $19,000 combined starting after the spring elections. The supervisor’s salary will fall to $9,600 a year from $13,850 and be frozen for four years.

The road commissioner will be paid $36,000 in the first two years, $36,500 in the third and $37,000 in the fourth. Those figures are down from the road commissioner’s current salary of $50,500 a year.

“Most of the money came out of the road commissioner’s salary because we were pretty high there,” Township Supervisor Steve Schaid said. “We were trying to get more money onto the roads.”

Schaid, of Hebron, said specific road improvements are not planned and that the money will go toward “just patching more than anything else.”

The township recently finished paying off its half of a $106,000 improvement to Seaman Road.

“[The roads] have been kind of neglected here the past few years, and it’s time,” Schaid said.

Schaid took over for former Township Supervisor Mike Von Bergen, who resigned late in the spring, citing a heavy workload related to other engagements.

Schaid, who previously served two terms as supervisor, said he works about 20 hours a week as supervisor. The road commissioner position, filled by Hebron resident Richard Border, is full time.

Schaid said he’s supportive of the decision to cut the supervisor and road commissioner’s salaries, but said he’s not sure whether he will run for re-election in the spring.

“It’s too early to tell just yet,” he said.

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