Town of McCandless, PA
Allegheny County
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Table of Contents
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[Ord. 678, passed 6-23-1975; Ord. 705, passed 10-25-1976]
Council shall appoint a qualified person as Manager and fix his compensation. The appointment can be terminated at any time with or without cause. The Manager shall hold no political office or other remunerative employment. The Manager shall have sole authority to direct his subordinates and all requests of Council shall be directed to him or to the Assistant Manager or to the Police Chief.
[Ord. 678, passed 6-23-1975]
The Manager is the chief administrative officer and his responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
(a) 
To determine the number of employees necessary and the form of organization desirable to provide the services mandated by law or by Council;
(b) 
To employ and supervise all Town employees, except for regular full time police officers, and to discipline and/or terminate such employees where desirable;
(c) 
To collect all monies due to the Town with the exception of taxes on real property collected by the present treasurer;
(d) 
To prepare all budgets and to control all expenditures. Each invoice must be certified as proper prior to processing for payment;
(e) 
To maintain appropriate records and submit required reports, including a year end report on finances and administration;
(f) 
To accept and act upon citizens complaints and suggestions, and where deemed necessary, to report same to Council;
(g) 
To administer the policies established by Council;
(h) 
To attend meetings of Council and Councilmanic committees and to contribute to the discussion.
(i) 
To perform such other duties as may be assigned; and
(j) 
To delegate to subordinates his responsibilities to the extent that he considers proper and efficient.
[Ord. 678, passed 6-23-1975; Ord. 705, passed 10-25-1976]
The Manager may appoint a qualified person as Assistant Manager and fix his compensation. The Appointment can be terminated at any time with or without cause. These actions require concurrence of Council. The Assistant Manager shall have those responsibilities delegated to him. In the absence of the Manager, the Assistant Manager shall act as Manager with all the powers of the position.
[Ord. 678, passed 6-23-1975]
Council shall:
(a) 
Appoint and fix the number, rank and compensation of the police and prescribe all necessary rules and regulations for the organization and operation of the Police Department; and
(b) 
Appoint and fix the compensation of a Chief of Police who shall be generally responsible for the supervision of the Police Department.
[Ord. 678, passed 6-23-1975; Ord. 705, passed 10-25-1976]
The Chief of Police is responsible for the enforcement of law, prevention of crime, and the protection of life and property. The Chief is also responsible for the administration of the department, which responsibility includes, but is not limited to, the following:
(a) 
Organization and scheduling;
(b) 
Training and evaluation of personnel;
(c) 
Supervision of school guards, radio operators and police secretary;
(d) 
Maintenance of proper records and submission of required reports;
(e) 
Conformance with administrative policies established by Council and the Manager;
(f) 
Cooperation with other law enforcement agencies; and
(g) 
Control of departmental expenses.
[Ord. 678, passed 6-23-1975]
The Public Works Superintendent's responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
(a) 
Accomplishment of road maintenance and other related tasks in a proper and economical manner;
(b) 
Supervision and training of all public works employees;
(c) 
Maintenance of equipment;
(d) 
Control of departmental expenses;
(e) 
Maintenance of proper records and submission of required reports; and
(f) 
Contact with citizens.
[Ord. 678, passed 6-23-1975]
The Building Inspector's responsibilities include but are not limited to, the following:
(a) 
Issuance of building and grading permits upon proper request;
(b) 
Duties of the Zoning Officer in the enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance;
(c) 
Enforcement of subdivision, land use development, zoning, building and other codes or ordinances;
(d) 
Inspection of all construction other than that done by higher levels of government to the extent necessary to insure compliance with applicable codes and ordinances;
(e) 
Assistance to the Zoning Hearing Board;
(f) 
Issuance of occupancy permits; and
(g) 
Collection of permit fees.
[Ord. 678, passed 6-23-1975]
The Earned Income Tax Collector is responsible for:
(a) 
Collection of Earned Income Tax for the Town and the School District;
(b) 
Collection of delinquent Earned Income Tax;
(c) 
Custody of Earned Income Tax monies and transfer of same to the Town and to the School District; and
(d) 
Maintenance of proper records and submission of required reports.
[Ord. 678, passed 6-23-1975]
The present Treasurer is an elected official operating under the First Class Township Code. His responsibilities include:
(a) 
Collection of real estate, amusement and mechanical devices tax;
(b) 
Custody of Town funds, and
(c) 
Signature on Town checks to conform with properly authenticated vouchers.
[Ord. 678, passed 6-23-1975]
The Finance Officer shall have the responsibility of administrative control over the investment of temporary surplus funds which may exist in any Town accounts.
When the position of the Town Treasurer becomes vacant, the Finance Officer will assume the responsibilities and dutes of the Treasurer, under the direction and control of the Town Manager.
[Ord. 678, passed 6-23-1975]
Council shall appoint and fix the compensation of the Town Attorney who must have five years legal practice in Pennsylvania and be admitted to practice before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. This may or may not be a full-time job. The appointment can be terminated any time, with or without cause.
[Ord. 678, passed 6-23-1975]
The powers and duties of the Town Attorney shall include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:
(a) 
Commencement or prosecution of legal actions brought by the Town;
(b) 
Defense of legal actions brought against the Town, its agents, employees or members of Council;
(c) 
Preparation of contracts and other legal documents;
(d) 
Preparation of ordinances;
(e) 
Preparation and/or review of resolutions; and
(f) 
Attendance and legal guidance at Council meetings and Councilmanic committee meetings.
[Ord. 678, passed 6-23-1975]
(a) 
Appointment and compensation. The Town shall have a Planning and Development Administrator, appointed by the Manager with the approval of Council, at a rate of compensation consistent with the qualifications and experience of the individual. The Planning and Development Administrator shall be a qualified person with training and experience in municipal planning and related matters.
(b) 
Duties. The Planning and Development Administrator shall have the following powers and duties, under the general supervision of the Manager and Council, and in cooperation with the Planning Commission:
(1) 
To draft and propose a long-range and comprehensive master plan for the Town and modifications thereof, embodying land use planning and practices consistent with the quality of living desired by the people of the Town;
(2) 
To review and to make recommendations regarding proposed Council actions implementing the comprehensive plan;
(3) 
To prepare information and land use recommendations on capital projects for implementation in the annual capital budget;
(4) 
To assist in the acquisition of available Federal, State, and County funding assistance for capital projects and operating programs;
(5) 
To assist the Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Board, Building Inspector, Bureau of Fire Prevention, Manager and Council with respect to the applications for zoning changes and other land use and development matters;
(6) 
To assist with the administration of zoning ordinances and other land use controls;
(7) 
To assist in the preparation and administration of a building and housing code for the Town and amendments thereto;
(8) 
To prepare and to recommend land development techniques and practices beneficial to the people of the Town;
(9) 
To carry out such other duties and functions as may be delegated to him under the Charter or by Council or the Manager; and
(10) 
Administration of contracts with firm serving as Planning and Development Consultant.
(c) 
Removal. The Planning and Development Administrator may be removed by the Manager, with the approval of Council, at any time, with or without cause.
[Ord. 678, passed 6-23-1975; Ord. 705, passed 10-25-1976; Ord. 847, passed 7-19-1982]
(a) 
The Fire Marshal shall be responsible for the fire inspections of all buildings except residential. The public portions of apartments and dormitories (such as stairwells, corridors, garages, etc.) are not excepted.
This inspection shall include readiness of fire extinguishers and sprinkler systems as well as other proper concerns. This inspection shall be made at least once every calendar year with the buildings considered to be higher risk being inspected more often. A report of each inspection shall be prepared.
The Fire Marshal shall work closely with the volunteer fire company and use their assistance whenever practical.
(b) 
The Fire Marshal shall have no power or authority to direct, take charge, dispatch equipment and manpower or issue orders at the scene of any emergency, fire or disaster in the Town. These powers shall remain the responsibility of the fire companies of the Town.
The Fire Marshal shall have no authority in any of the internal affairs of the fire companies.
The Fire Marshal shall investigate, or cause to be investigated, every fire or explosion occurring within the jurisdiction that is of a suspicious nature or which involves the loss of life or serious injury or causes destruction or damage to property. Such investigation shall be initiated immediately upon the occurrence of such fire or explosion; and if it appears that such an occurrence is of a suspicious nature, the Fire Marshal shall take charge immediately of the physical evidence and in order to preserve any physical evidence relating to the cause or origin of such fire or explosion, take means to prevent access by any person or persons to such buildings, structure or premises until such evidence has been properly processed. The Fire Marshal shall notify such persons designated by law to pursue investigations into such matters and shall further cooperate with such authorities in the collection of evidence and prosecution of the case and shall pursue the investigation to its conclusion.