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Former Supervisor Removed from Moon Transportation Authority

The board voted unanimously to appoint recently elected Supervisor John Hertzer to the position.

The ousted a former township resident from his position on the Moon Transportation Authority for missing meetings for a full year.  

Supervisors voted 5-0 Wednesday to remove former supervisor Tim McLaughlin from his position on the transportation authority for failing to attend any of its 2011 meetings. McLaughlin's term on the MTA was slated to end in January 2016. 

The board appointed recently elected Supervisor John Hertzer to serve the remainder of McLaughlin's term on the authority. 

Two members of the board of supervisors are traditionally appointed to serve on the five-member authority, which was established in 1987 to promote infrastructure development in the community. Supervisor Frank Sinatra is also a member.

McLaughlin from the board of supervisors after his position with U.S. Airways was relocated to Charlotte, NC, and his Snell Drive home was sold. His work out-of-state caused him to be absent for much of the board's 2011 meetings, leading residents to in the township. 

While McLaughlin quit his position on the board of supervisors, he did not formally resign from the authority. 

Township solicitor Blaine Lucas told board members that he has attempted to contact McLaughlin numerous times in regard to his position on the authority, but was unsuccessful in reaching him. 

"There's a cell phone number that you'll call; you'll get a voice recording that is clearly his voice," Lucas said. "And that's been the only way we've had to get a hold of him." 

Board members said they have had no contact with McLaughlin since his departure. 

The board also approved the appointment of Jeffrey Bussard, a member of the Moon Area School Board, to the authority for a term expiring in Jan. 2017. The school board nominated Bussard to a position on the authority in its Jan. 9 meeting. 

Louisa January 26, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Nice going Tim. You were a class act all the way, especially not having the courtesy to offically resign your position. Probably even an email would have sufficed. Sad reflection on a "public servant"
RealMoonResident January 26, 2012 at 05:08 PM
McLaughlin was a class act all the way. He stayed on as a Supervisor even when he was no longer living here. He used the fact that he still owned an unused house in Moon as his justification for remaining on the board. My criticism is wasted effort because I'm sure that he's not looking at Moon Patch.

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