On behalf of the entire Spring Garden Township Board of Commissioners, I am responding to a recent post on a Strathcona Hills neighborhood social page titled, “Why is the Twp. Manager not retiring till 6/2018.” At our October Board of Commissioners meeting, our longtime Spring Garden Township Manager, Greg Maust, announced that he was retiring with an effective date of June 30, 2018. After fifteen years dedicated to Spring Garden Township, Greg has graciously provided us with the opportunity to complete a thoughtful search for his successor. As the chief administrator for a First Class Township with an operating budget in excess of $11,200,000, we believe that there is the need to undertake a thorough job search and provide an adequate transition period once the candidate has accepted the position and joins the Township.
As noted in the post, the Township Manager serves at the pleasure of the Board. As a unified body, we unanimously and without hesitation support Manager Greg Maust, and have accepted, with regret, his retirement on June 30, 2018. We believe that his retirement will be a true loss to the Township. Under Greg’s leadership, Spring Garden Township has transformed itself in the face of extreme economic and regional challenges into a financially and operationally stable municipality. Greg helped oversee the Township’s joinder in the York Area United Fire and Rescue, a regional initiative that has resulted in substantial cost reductions to the Township and has provided exceptional public safety service to our residents. Greg led the effort to convert our sewer and trash billings to third-party services, resulting in reduced administrative costs and the return to the Township of over $400,000 from delinquent accounts. With Greg’s support, we have successfully renegotiated our Police and Public Works contracts balancing the need for first class services with cost effective solutions. Greg continues to manage a budget that has seen only two tax increases during his 15-year tenure, an unbelievable feat not matched by many municipalities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This is especially impressive given the Township’s static tax base and the ever increasing costs of doing business driven by factors such as collective bargaining agreements that have annual wage increases, overwhelming health insurance premium adjustments, and rising costs of goods necessary to pave and maintain our streets, sewer lines, and other infrastructure. Finally, in his role as Township Manager, Greg supported the Board with its direction to investigate the redevelopment of our Mt. Rose property. Although unfairly singled out at times during this process, Greg was merely fulfilling his obligation to the Board.
We, the entire Board of Commissioners of Spring Garden Township, thank Greg Maust for his fifteen years of dedicated service, and express our gratitude for his willingness to remain with the Township until June 30, 2018. On behalf of all Township residents, we are committed to recruiting Greg’s successor as we continue to provide first class services to the residents of our First Class Township.
Spring Garden Township
The Spring Garden Township Recreation Commission is looking for a new representative from Ward 3. The commission meets once a month to discuss the direction of recreation, and offer input on programs and events. Ward 3 consists of the peach colored area on this map: Click Here.
If you or someone you know is part of Ward 3 and is interested in supporting recreation for the Township, please have them contact the Spring Garden Township Recreation Program Coordinator or the Township Manager, subject "WARD 3- REC COMMISSION":
Grant Waltersdorf, email@example.com, 717-854-7282, or
Greg Maust, firstname.lastname@example.org, 717-848-2858
Thank you, and have a beautiful week!
Spring Garden Township is located in York County in south central Pennsylvania. The Township surrounds York City on three sides with a piece of the city actually separating Spring Garden into two parts. The Township is adjacent to the crossroads of Interstate Route 83 (north-south) and U.S. Route 30 (east – west), major arteries providing quick links to the entire east coast metropolitan area.
Spring Garden was part of Hellam Township from 1739 to 1822. In 1822 Spring Garden was split from Hellam and named after the suburban area north of Philadelphia. The area of what is now Springettsbury Township was part of Spring Garden from 1822 to 1891. In the spring of 1891 the courts acted on results of an election poll that decided to separate the western suburban area of Spring Garden from the agricultural interests of Springettsbury to the east.