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Copley trustees agree to contract with full-time patrolmen

3/15/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

The Copley Township Board of Trustees approved a contract with the union representing full-time police patrolmen at the March 7 meeting.

Trustees said negotiations with its other unions were going well.

“Our employees have taken into consideration the economic times that we’re in,” said Trustee Dale Panovich. “Everyone has been very agreeable and has understood how the community needs to be fiscally stringent and it’s gone very, very well. I know that’s not the case in other communities, but we’re very fortunate here that our employees have understood and have been willing to work with us.”

“It’s all about sustainability,” added Board of Trustees President Helen Humphrys.

The township also has negotiated agreements with unions for its dispatchers and fire personnel, but none of the agreements have yet been signed, said Fiscal Officer Janice Marshall. All three of the agreed upon contracts are for three-year terms. Details of the contracts cannot be released until the agreements are signed, Marshall said.

Negotiations are ongoing with unions for part-time police officers, police sergeants and service department personnel, said Marshall. Contracts for all of the bargaining groups expired at the end of 2011, Marshall added.

Trustees also agreed to spend up to $3,000 for postage and office supplies to help residents avoid costly and time-consuming probate court proceedings when a death necessitates transferring real estate. Summit County Probate Court Judge Todd McKenney appeared before trustees to explain the county-wide property Deed Review Project. The project uses volunteers to identify deeds which, by the way they are titled, are likely to end up in probate court. Once the deeds are identified, affected residents will receive a letter from the township inviting them to a public meeting to discuss alternatives to probate for their real estate.

In other business, the board:

• awarded the township trash and recycling service contract to Kimble Cos. (formerly J&J Refuse), of Dover;

• accepted a quote of $31,420 from The University of Akron to provide fire officer training funded by a regional Assistance to Firefighters Grant;

• approved upgrading the township phone system to an Internet protocol-based phone system with Warwick Communications at a cost of $19,320;

• approved a purchase order for $15,000 to Scottsdale Insurance to cover the deductible for a settled claim;

• approved one-year contracts with Medical Mutual for employee health and dental insurance. The total increase for the year was 3.6 percent, said Marshall;

• opened bids for a contract to clean township offices. Five companies submitted bids ranging from $1,400 per month to $3,951 per month. Bids were referred to the service director for evaluation;

• approved increasing a purchase order for the 2010-11 township audit. Total for the audit was $11,260, an increase of $260 from the estimate;

• approved renewing an agreement with Summit County to provide an employee assistance plan through Ease at Work at a cost of $4.50 per employee. Marshall said there was no increase in the renewal rate;

• approved training for fire and police personnel; and

• approved a $200 membership to the Copley Chamber of Commerce.

The next regular trustees’ meeting is set for March 21 at 6 p.m. in the Copley Township offices, 1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

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