Township of Washington, PA
Berks County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Washington as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Salaries and compensation — See Ch. 21.
[Adopted 6-23-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-02[1]]
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Editor’s Note: This ordinance repealed former Ch. 11, Pension and Retirement Benefits, adopted 5-11-1989 by Ord. No. 1989-5.
Washington Township (the Township), being a member municipality of the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System (the System), hereby elects to amend its Municipal Pension Plan administered by the System in accordance with Article IV of the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement Law, 53 P.S. § 881.101 et seq. (Retirement Law), and does hereby agree to be bound by all the requirements and provisions of the Retirement Law and the Municipal Pension Plan Funding Standard and Recovery Act, 53 P.S. § 895.101 et seq., and to assume all obligations, financial and otherwise, placed upon member municipalities.
As part of this article, the Township agrees that the System shall administer and provide the benefits set forth in the amended Municipal Pension Plan entered into between the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement Board and the Township effective June 1, 2011 (the contract).
The passage and adoption of this article by the Township is an official acceptance of the contract and the financial obligations resulting from the administration of the contract.
Payment for any obligation established by the adoption of this article and the contract shall be made by the Township in accordance with the Retirement Law and the Municipal Pension Plan Funding Standard and Recovery Act. The Township hereby assumes all liability for any unfundedness created due to the benefit structure set forth in the contract.
The Township intends this article to be the complete authorization of the contract, and it shall become effective and specifically repeal Ordinance Number 1989-5 either immediately or on June 1, 2011, which is the effective date of the contract, whichever is later.
A duly certified copy of this article and an executed contract shall be filed with the System.
[Adopted 8-25-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-3[1]]
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Editor's Note: This ordinance also changed the title of this chapter from "Pension and Retirement Benefits" to "Pension and Retirement."
An advertisement of the availability of a proposal for a professional services contract shall set forth:
A. 
The services that are the subject of the proposed contract.
B. 
Specifications relating to the services.
C. 
Procedures to compete for the contracts.
D. 
Required disclosures.
Procedures to select the most qualified person shall include a review of the person's qualifications, experience and expertise and the compensation to be charged.
A. 
Prior to entering into a professional services contract with a municipal pension system, the contractor shall disclose the names and titles of each individual who will be providing professional services to the municipal pension system, including advisors or subcontractors of the contractor.
B. 
Disclosure.
(1) 
Disclosure under this subsection shall include all of the following:
(a) 
Whether the individual is a current or former official or employee of the municipality entering into the contract.
(b) 
Whether the individual has been a registered federal or state lobbyist.
(c) 
A description of the responsibilities of each individual with regard to the contract.
(d) 
The resume of an individual included in the disclosure shall be provided to the municipality upon request.
(2) 
The information under this subsection shall be updated as changes occur.
The municipal pension system shall adopt policies relating to potential conflicts of interest in the review of a proposal or the negotiation of a contract. The policies shall include a minimum one-year restriction on:
A. 
Participation by a former employee of a contractor or potential contractor in the review of a proposal or negotiation of a contract with that contractor.
B. 
Participation by a former employee of the municipal pension system in the submission of a proposal or the performance of a contract.
Following the award of a professional services contract, all applications and disclosure forms shall be public except for proprietary information or other information protected by law.
A professional services contract shall not be amended to increase the cost of the contract by more than 10% or $10,000, whichever is greater, unless the increase and a written justification for the increase are public and posted on the municipal pension system's Internet website, if an Internet website is maintained, at least seven days prior to the effective date of the amendment.
The relevant factors that resulted in the award of the professional services contract must be summarized in a written statement to be included in or attached to the documents awarding the contract. Within 10 days of the award of the professional services contract, the original application, a summary of the basis for the award and all required disclosure forms must be transmitted to all unsuccessful applicants and posted on the municipal pension system's Internet website, if an Internet website is maintained, at least seven days prior to the execution of the professional services contract.