Judge sets 60-day deadline for Union Township to pay fire company

A county judge gave Union Township two months to pay the more than $43,000 after it was sued by the Citizen’s Hook and Ladder fire company over unpaid financial contributions over three years.

Judge Pamela A. Ruest granted on Tuesday the township’s request to extend the payment deadline so officials there can secure a loan to pay the fire company. The township does not have the funds in its reserves to pay the full amount of $43,624 plus interest, township lawyer William Tressler told the judge. The interest had not been calculated by Tuesday.

Tressler said the loan should be funded between 45 and 60 days.

The township’s Board of Supervisors voted on Monday to accept the $43,624 as the amount owed to the fire company and said they would close on the loan by the end of the month.

The three-year legal battle between the township and the fire company ended in April, when the state’s Commonwealth Court denied the township’s appeal of Ruest’s ruling from 2012.

Township residents have demanded answers from the supervisors board about how much the lawsuit will cost and where the money will come from. The supervisors indicated Monday they will not raise taxes to cover the loan.