Board of Supervisors
front: Mike Manipole, Vice Chairman; Bruce Mazzoni
back: John Skorupan; Bruce Hezlep; Dick Hadley, Chairman
Cranberry Township is governed by an elected body organized under the Second Class Township Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Board of Supervisors consists of five elected officials, each serving a six-year term.
All Board of Supervisors meetings begin at 6:30 PM, unless otherwise advertised. They are held in the Council Chambers of Cranberry Township’s Municipal Center unless otherwise noted. Special meetings of the Board of Supervisors may be called at any time, and are advertised in the Butler Eagle. Printed agendas are available at the time of the meeting and in advance on the Township’s Calendar.
The Board meets twice a month. Its Agenda Preparation meetings normally take place on the last Thursday of each month. At these meetings, items which require action at their regular meeting the following week, such as property development proposals, will be reviewed by the Board. However, action may be taken at any properly advertised Board meeting. Public comment on any item, on or off of the agenda, is welcome at all Board meetings.
Regular meetings are usually held the first Thursday of each month. Public comment on any item, on or off of the agenda, is welcome at all Board meetings. If a Public Hearing is on the agenda, a legal stenographer will record all comments. After the Hearing has been introduced and opened, the Chairman will ask if anyone wishes to speak on the issue of the Hearing. Anyone making comments must be sworn-in. Minutes are taken at all meetings to record the formal actions taken by the Board and to summarize its comments and discussion.
The Board employs a professional staff under the direction of a Township Manager. Staff members attend Board meetings to assist the Board and to answer any questions from Board members.
If you need information or want to register a comment or concern, you don’t need to wait until a meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The Manager may be able to resolve your issue without the delay of waiting for a meeting of the Board. Contact the Township Manager’s Office, Ph: 724-776-4806, x 1103.
Glossary of Meeting Terms
A public hearing is a formal proceeding held pursuant to public notice by the Township and conducted during a public meeting. It is intended to inform the Board and obtain public comment prior to taking action. Public Hearings are held for any amendment to the zoning and/or subdivision ordinance, any action on a Planned Residential Development, or any request for Conditional Use Approval. Hearings follow specific legal procedures.
A public meeting is a meeting of the Board of Supervisors which has been advertised as required by the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act. The Act requires public agencies, including municipal governments, to take all official actions, and conduct all deliberations leading up to those official actions, at public meetings.
A quorum is the minimum number of Board members required to transact business. A majority of the five-member Township Board constitutes a quorum. Therefore at least three Board members are needed to transact business at a public meeting.
A resolution is a formal expression by vote of the Board.
An ordinance is an enforceable law enacted by the Board. It is required to be advertised in advance of the meeting at which it will be considered.
Executive sessions are private meetings of the Board in which they are permitted to discuss four topics: litigation, personnel issues, contract negotiations, and acquisition of land. All Executive Sessions are announced, including their purpose, by the Chairman of the Board.
The Township Solicitor is an attorney appointed by the Board to advise the Township.
Public Comment Period is the time when visitors can bring matters before the Board. Speakers are asked to state their name and to be conscious of the limited time available to the Board for transacting its business. Public Comment periods are typically scheduled at the start of each meeting.