Mayor John Ducey said the township will save $60,000 per year by eliminating “grantsman” services, a contracted position wherein a vendor is paid to obtain grant funding for the township.
“When I first became mayor in 2014, we decided to stick around with the grantsman,” said Ducey. “This year, we know we can do it in-house.”
The township council rejected all bids for the grantsman position for 2016 at its meeting Tuesday night. Ducey said Tara Paxton, the township’s assistant planer, will be tasked with securing grant funding for the township. Business Administrator Joanne Bergin also has a rich background in obtaining grant funding and will assist.
During the first year of Ducey’s administration, the township paid $60,000 for grantsman services. The contract was stepped down to $18,000 in 2015 as the township transitioned to bring the services in-house.
“If we ever need a grantsman for a specific purpose, we can always go out on a project-by-project basis,” Ducey said. “But keeping it in-house saves money, and that’s the way I asked the council to go.”