The following is a summary of my Supervisor-related activities for the first quarter (January through March) of 2021. In Q1 2021 I spent, on average, 46 hours per month on official Supervisor business. This compares with an average of 54 hours per month in Q1 2020 before the COVID-19 lockdown.
Log of Hours Spent on Official Business
My log keeps track of the time spent on the following:
- Attending “Required” Meetings
- Preparation for BOS Meetings
- Attending Optional Meetings/Activities
- Interaction with Residents
- Travel To & From Meetings
The following chart shows the breakdown in percent of hours spent on these various official activities.
The following table shows the numbers:
For the first three months of 2021 I earn a “stipend” of $1,031.25 before taxes. That’s works out to $7.48 per hour, which is $0.23 per hour more than PA’s minimum wage of $7.25. Luckily, unlike many working people in PA, I do no depend on that for a living.
Interaction with Residents
In my opinion, personal interaction with residents regarding their concerns is an important part of my responsibilities as Supervisor. I want to be sure that I spend enough time reaching out to and responding to residents via personal contact, official email via my firstname.lastname@example.org account and via my personal email@example.com email account, and via phone, Nextdoor and/or Facebook.
BTW, if you need to contact other Newtown Township Officials, download the list from the 2021 Directory published by the Bucks County Association of Township Officials.
Working for You Every Day!
I was interested in seeing what day of the week I log the most hours on official supervisor business (see chart and table below). It turns out that I spend the most time on Wednesdays, which is not surprising because Board of Supervisor (BOS) meetings are on the 2nd and fourth Wednesday of every month.
Of course, I MUST attend these meetings, which require a lot of time preparing for. In fact, there’s not enough time on Wednesday to prepare for these meetings – that’s why Tuesday’s and Monday’s are number 2 and 3, respectively, in terms of hours spent on official business.
I can truly say that I work for residents EVERY day of the week, although less than 2 total hours for Sundays.
I decided to keep track of my activities as a Supervisor on a monthly basis partly because I want to be accountable to residents, but also to make sure I am making the best use of my time. It's really an honor to serve the community! I learn something new every day and have met many fine people and volunteers who also put in a lot of time without any compensation at all. Thanks to everyone who help keep Newtown in business and safe.
Posted on 03 Apr 2021, 12:27 - Category: Open Records/Transparency