We begin with an update to a story we’ve been following for over a year — the possible merger between Sandy Township and DuBois City Governments. Officials now announcing that they are not moving forward with this merger. We have what led to this decision and how Sandy Township plans to move forward.
Once the Consolidation Study was completed, Sandy Township conducted a phone survey of 318 Residents asking if they would vote towards consolidation. Shawn Arbaugh says 49% voted for Consolidation, 33% voted against it and 18% were undecided. This study was critical in the Board of Supervisors’ Vote to not move forward with this Consolidation.
Shawn Arbaugh, Sandy Township Manager saying: “Before they wanted to spend a lot of money, a lot of time, a lot of resources on really going through the consolidation process, they wanted to see an overwhelming majority of the public supporting and they just felt that those survey results didn’t reflect that.”
This consolidation has been in the works for over a year. Arbaugh adding: “I think that the Board of Supervisors were disappointed in the survey results, they really wanted to see a larger majority really pushing for consolidation.”
Now, Arbaugh says Sandy Township is considering a Home Rule Charter which allows Residents to form a new Government. He says this gives Residents better representation and more flexibility. Arbaugh saying: “The Home Rule Charter could really be a beneficial thing for the community. It allows the citizens to really be more engaged in Governmental affairs as they help craft this new Constitution, the new rules and regulations of a Municipality.”