East Goshen’s Shane, Smith recognized for service to township

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Martin Shane, East Goshen supervisor, received the President’s Leadership Award for Township Supervisor at the annual Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors conference in Hershey on Wednesday. (Candice Monhollan)

Martin Shane, East Goshen supervisor, received the President’s Leadership Award for Township Supervisor at the annual Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors conference in Hershey on Wednesday. (Candice Monhollan)

HERSHEY — Standing in front of a crowd of over 100 colleagues, East Goshen township officials Marty Shane and Rick Smith received statewide awards at the annual Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) Educational Conference and Trade Show in Hershey.

For the first time in 27 years PSATS has given out the two President’s Leadership Awards — one for a township supervisor and one for a manager or secretary — to two people from the same township.

“I’m very grateful for this award and very humbled,” Smith said after accepting his award.

The awards were created for public servants who go above and beyond to improve the quality of life in their townships.

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These officials must be nominated and, in the case of Shane and Smith, they were nominated by the other members of East Goshen’s Board of Supervisors.

“I want to thank the current board of supervisors … for nominating me for this award,” Smith said. “It’s a great honor. I’ve been coming PSATS since the mid-1980s. I’ve sat out there in that audience and watched people get this award. I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d be up here.”

During the nomination process, East Goshen Supervisors’ Chairman Senya Isayeff highlighted both Shane’s and Smith’s accomplishments over their combined 61 years as supervisor and manager, respectively.

Through 31 years as a township supervisor, Shane has had a long list of accomplishments, but most notable — and the five which were highlighted in the nomination entry — were his work on the Exton Bypass in 1988, the Z Project to widen Boot Road and improve the ramps to Route 202, Applebrook, the construction of the township and police buildings and the expansion of the sewer system.

Smith, in his 30 years as township manager, also helped with the Z Project, Applebrook, the construction of the township and police building and the expansion of the sewer system as well, along with the protection of water resources.

“I’m not sure that I did all those things that I’m getting credit for,” Shane joked during his acceptance speech. “I was reading (the list of accomplishments) and going, ‘(Man), that is really something.’”

As part of the nomination, both Shane and Smith also received numerous letters of recommendation from well-known community members, including state Sen. Andy Dinniman, D-19, of West Whiteland, Westtown Supervisor Carol De Wolf, West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta, state Rep. Dan Truitt, R-156, of West Chester, and more.

Also included in the letters was a recommendation from U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6, of West Goshen, whom Shane mentored back when he was a township supervisor.

“During his six terms in office, (Shane) has used his wealth of management experience to balance budgets without tax increases and institute a capital fund to make sure the township’s equipment was replaced on a regular basis,” Costello said in his letter. “Having served as a township supervisor in Chester County, I have a great deal of respect for those who graciously give their time and talents governing on the local level. Shane certainly has served with distinction over the past 30 years.”

Since both Shane and Smith have worked together for 30 years, it’s only fitting both should be the first to sweep the two awards in the same year as the “dynamic duo” have worked together on many projects and their public service careers have been so intertwined.

“I want to say thank you to everybody,” Shane said. “I’m receiving this for all those that have worked in the township for the past 31 years with me. We have a fabulous township and I hate to say this, but it is the best in the whole state of Pennsylvania. We thought it was just Chester County, but I decided to upgrade.”

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