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The process of finding a permanent successor to the late Supervisor Jerry Boucher in the November election has been outlined in a letter sent to White Township Manager Milt Lady.

Lady told the township board of supervisors this week that the letter also sent to Democratic and Republican committees sets criteria for a special election Nov. 5 for a two-year seat.

The party committees have until Sept. 16 to choose nominees for the seat, which now is held by Steven Kelly.

Also looking ahead, Supervisor Gail McCauley moved and Kelly seconded the motion to have Starfire provide the fireworks show July 4 at Mack Park.

In other business, White Township supervisors approved new insurance contracts. Township employees will continue to get UPMC Health System insurance with premiums increased by 3.5 percent. The motion also covered changing insurers for disability and life policies from Sun Life to Unum Insurance.

On another matter, Lady said the board is still of the same opinion it had been earlier this year regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to get White Township and other municipalities that use state police as their sole source of local law enforcement to help pay for it.

“We already pay for that through our tax money,” McCauley said.

This week proposed Pennsylvania State Police Municipal Police Services Support bills setting up such a fee on a sliding scale were referred to committees in each house of the General Assembly.

Lady said the proposed scale would not be “equitable sharing” for White Township, whose place on the scale would mean it having to pay $2.1 million per year or $133 per resident.