News Release: PSATS' 2013 Township Supervisor Leadership Award
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2013
Contact: Ginni Linn
Director of Communications
Blair County Township Supervisor Wins Statewide Leadership Award
Frank Meloy, a supervisor for Logan Township in Blair County, was presented with the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors’ 24th Annual President’s Leadership Award at the association’s 91st Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show in Hershey in April. The conference attracted attendees from every county in Pennsylvania except Philadelphia, which has no townships.
Each year, the association presents the award, established in 1990, to a township supervisor and a township administrator, such as a secretary or manager, whose outstanding projects or programs have benefited their communities. Township officials and employees who held office in 2012 were eligible.
Meloy received the award, one of the highest honors that PSATS bestows, in recognition of his work on behalf of this growing municipality. He admitted the recognition, delivered on the final day of the PSATS conference, was unexpected but appreciated.
“I am tremendously honored and overwhelmingly humbled,” Meloy said, giving much of the credit for his success to his wife of 45 years, Lorrie, whom he called his “adviser and supporter.” He also praised the township staff and his fellow supervisors. “Professionalism, leadership, and teamwork: These are the things that make an organization successful, and we have a great team in Logan Township.”
Meloy has served as a supervisor for Logan Township in Blair County for the past 18 years and has been chairman for much of that time.
Before running for office, he chaired the Logan Township Fire Company Consolidation Study Committee, a group of 14 volunteers that was asked to recommend a system to deliver the most appropriate and cost-effective level of fire protection for the township.
As a result, two of the five local fire companies merged, giving the township four fire companies and five fire stations. The township was also able to purchase new equipment, including three pumpers, a 95-foot ladder truck, and a 105-foot aerial piece using accumulated savings, PEMA loans, and a 20-year bond issue.
Under Meloy’s conservative fiscal leadership, Logan Township has had only two property tax increases in the past 18 years. One of those, in 2006, was a voter-supported referendum to levy 3 mills to support the volunteer fire service. Logan Township has the lowest tax rate of any municipality with a police force in Blair County and the second lowest tax rate overall in the county.
Meloy also encouraged the township to refinance its bonds whenever it could save significant money by doing so. The most recent refinancing, in 2012, will save the township more than $1 million over the life of the debt.
Meloy’s leadership has not been restricted to the township, however. He previously served on PSATS’ Publications-Public Relations Committee and is currently a member of the PSATS MS4 Work Group, which is looking at proposed state regulations for storm water management.
He has also been recognized for his volunteer work, including being named Advocate of the Year in 2009 by region 6 of the Pennsylvania Homeless Children’s Initiative and Person of the Year in 2010 by the Blair-Bedford Central Labor Council AFL-CIO. In 2012, Meloy and his wife were named Kiwanians of the Year by the Kiwanis Club of Altoona.
Although he retired in 2010 as the assistant superintendent of the Altoona Area School District, he remains an active volunteer for the district.
Over the years, Meloy has also served as:
- chairman of the Board for Skills of Central Pennsylvania;
- chair of the Blair County Drug and Alcohol Council;
- board member of the Blair County Easter Seals Society;
- member of the Blair County Human Services Advisory Board; and
- member of the Governor’s Special Education Advisory Panel.
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The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors represents Pennsylvania’s 1,455 townships of the second class and is committed to preserving and strengthening township government and securing greater visibility and involvement for townships in the state and federal political arenas. Townships of the second class cover 95 percent of Pennsylvania’s land mass and represent more residents — 5.5 million — than any other type of political subdivision in the commonwealth.