Township of Rochester, PA
Beaver County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Rochester as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]

ARTICLE I
Police Pension Plan (§ 26-1 — § 26-7) 

ARTICLE II
Nonuniformed Employees Pension Plan (§ 26-8 — § 26-14) 

[Adopted 7-8-2010 by Ord. No. 437
Editor’s Note: This ordinance also repealed former Art. I, Police Pension Plan, adopted 12-27-1995 by Ord. No. 355.
]

§ 26-1
Election to change benefits. 

§ 26-2
Membership in Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System. 

§ 26-3
Credit for prior service. 

§ 26-4
Payments. 

§ 26-5
Acceptance of agreement and obligations. 

§ 26-6
Intent; repealer. 

§ 26-7
Filing; effective date. 

§ 26-1 Election to change benefits.

Rochester Township (the Township), being a member municipality of the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System (the System), hereby elects to change its police pension benefits in that System as authorized by the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement Law, Act 15 of 1974, as amended, and does hereby agree to be bound by all the requirements and provisions of said law, and to assume all obligations, financial and otherwise, placed upon member municipalities. All references hereafter shall be based on benefits negotiated between the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement Board (the Board) and the Township under the provisions of Article IV of the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement Law.

§ 26-2 Membership in Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System.

Membership in the System shall be mandatory for all full-time police officers of the Township. Membership for elected officials, part-time officers, and employees hired on a temporary or seasonal basis is prohibited, as is membership for individuals paid only on a fee basis.

§ 26-3 Credit for prior service.

Credit for prior service for original members is granted for each year or partial year thereof that the member was employed by the Township from original date of hire, as long as there is continuous, uninterrupted employment to the Township. Benefits provided to members in the agreement dated July 8, 2010, (the Agreement) shall accrue based on all credited service granted and earned in accordance with this section.

§ 26-4 Payments.

Payment for any obligation established by the adoption of this article and the agreement between the System and the Township shall be made by the Township in accordance with the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement Law and Act 205 of 1984, the Municipal Pension Plan Funding Standard and Recovery Act.

§ 26-5 Acceptance of agreement and obligations.

As part of this article the Township agrees that the System shall provide the benefits set forth in the agreement. The passage and adoption of this article by the Township is an official acceptance of said agreement and the financial obligations resulting from the administration of said benefit package. The Township hereby assumes all liability for any unfundedness created or which may be created due to the acceptance of the benefit structure outlined in the above-referenced agreement.

§ 26-6 Intent; repealer.

The Township intends this article to be the complete authorization of the Township’s Police Pension Plan, and it shall become effective and specifically repeal Ordinance Number 355 either immediately or on May 1, 2010, which is the effective date of the amended agreement, whichever is later.

§ 26-7 Filing; effective date.

A duly certified copy of this article and the referenced agreement shall be filed with the System. Membership for the Police Pension Plan of the Township in the System shall be effective the first day of September, 1978, with the revised plan structure reflected in the agreement effective the first day of May, 2010.

[Adopted 10-26-2000 by Ord. No. 385]

§ 26-8
Election to change benefits. 

§ 26-9
Membership in Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System. 

§ 26-10
Credit for prior service. 

§ 26-11
Payments. 

§ 26-12
Acceptance of agreement and obligations. 

§ 26-13
Intent; repealer. 

§ 26-14
Filing; effective date. 

§ 26-8 Election to change benefits.

A. 

The Township of Rochester, being a member municipality of the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System, hereby elects to amend its member benefits in the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System as authorized by the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement Law, Act 15 of 1974, as amended.

B. 

The Township of Rochester does hereby agree to be bound by all the requirements and provisions of the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement Law and to assume all obligations, financial and otherwise, placed upon member municipalities.

C. 

All references hereafter shall be based on benefits negotiated between the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement Board and the Township of Rochester under the provisions of Article IV of the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement Law.

§ 26-9 Membership in Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System.

Membership in the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System shall be mandatory for all permanent municipal employees of the Township of Rochester. Membership for elected officials and employees hired on a temporary or seasonal basis is prohibited, as is membership for individuals paid only on a fee basis.

§ 26-10 Credit for prior service.

Credit for prior service for original members is granted for each year or partial year thereof that the member was employed by the Township of Rochester from the original date of hire or the expiration of the member's probationary period if one so existed. Benefits provided to members in the Agreement dated October 26, 2000, shall accrue based on all credited service granted and earned in accordance with this section.

§ 26-11 Payments.

Payment for any obligation established by the adoption of this article and the agreement between the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System and the Township of Rochester shall be made by the Township of Rochester in accordance with the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement Law and Act 205 of 1984, the Municipal Pension Plan Funding Standard and Recovery Act.

§ 26-12 Acceptance of agreement and obligations.

A. 

By the terms of this article, the Township of Rochester agrees that the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System shall provide the benefits set forth in the agreement between the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement Board and the Township of Rochester dated October 26, 2000, a copy of which is attached hereto, made a part hereof and marked as Exhibit A.

Editor's Note: Exhibit A is on file in the office of the Township Secretary.
The passage and adoption of this article by the Township of Rochester is an official acceptance of said agreement and the financial obligations resulting from the administration of said benefit package.

B. 

The Township of Rochester hereby assumes all liability for any unfundedness created or which may be created due to the acceptance of the benefit structure outlined in the above-referenced agreement.

§ 26-13 Intent; repealer.

A. 

The Township of Rochester intends this article to be the complete authorization of the Rochester Township Plan.

B. 

Rochester Township Ordinance No. 356 adopted on December 27, 1995, approving the previous agreement between the Township of Rochester and the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement Board dated December 27, 1995, is hereby repealed, and said agreement is hereby terminated.

§ 26-14 Filing; effective date.

A duly certified copy of this article and the referenced agreement shall be filed with the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Membership for the municipal employees of the Township of Rochester in the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System shall be effective the first day of April 1973, with the revised plan structure reflected in the agreement dated October 26, 2000, effective the first day of July 2000.