The Wysox Township supervisors appointed longtime township resident Kenneth Whipp as a township supervisor on Tuesday.

Whipp replaces Bill Shoemaker, who had served as a Wysox Township supervisor for nine years and passed away on Thursday.

There was a lot of clapping by those in the audience when the appointment was made, and several members of the public told the supervisors that they had made a good choice in selecting Whipp.

One person in the audience, Chris Roof, said: "I was just thinking that Ken would make a good supervisor, and then you voted to make him supervisor," Roof told supervisors Gary Foster and Jon Kulick.

Whipp has been appointed to serve out the remainder of Shoemaker's term, which runs through the end of 2013. If Whipp wishes to remain a Wysox Township supervisor after that, he will need to stand for election in 2013.

Whipp currently works part-time selling milking equipment for Fisher & Thompson Inc. of Troy.

In the past, Whipp had worked for other companies, selling silos, prefabricated buildings and other items used in the agriculture industry. He had also served as manager of an Agway store in Maryland.

"I just want to help the township," Whipp, a registered Republican, said after the meeting. "I think I have a little bit to offer the township."

Whipp, who lives on Country View Drive, had narrowly lost to Kulick in the May 2012 Republican primary for township supervisor. Whipp then ran as a write-in candidate for supervisor in the November 2012 election, but also lost that race to Kulick.

Members of the public and the supervisors also remembered Shoemaker at the meeting.

Kulick said he had only worked with Shoemaker a short time as supervisor, but said he had known him a long time.

"I would have liked to have worked with him longer," Kulick said.

The supervisors also voted to end the town's contract with Code Inspections Inc. in 30 days. Code Inspections does residential and commercial building inspections for the township. Kulick said there were cases where Code Inspections had approved buildings and then went back on its decision, requiring the building owners to take additional steps to pass the inspection.

"Our feeling is that they are not trying to do much good for the township," Kulick said.

The supervisors have not yet hired a company to replace Code Inspections, but said they are considering hiring Erb Building Inspections of Lawrenceville.

James Loewenstein can be reached at (570) 265-1633; or email: jloewenstein@thedailyreview.com.