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Sixth Bath employee to retire this year

11/29/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

The Bath Township Board of Trustees at the Nov. 19 meeting accepted the retirement of a sixth full-time employee this year.

Full-time firefighter Thomas Kamp will become a part-time firefighter/paramedic effective Dec. 1. Kamp noted in his letter to trustees that he decided to apply for retirement before upcoming changes are implemented in the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System (OPERS).

Trustees said they were dismayed to lose so many experienced employees at one time. Other retirees include Interim Township Administrator William Snow, Service Director Bob Wilson, police officer Scott Barb and firefighter Robert Motz.

Trustee Jim Nelson noted Kamp was the sixth experienced employee the township will lose by the end of the year.

“These are all experienced employees who are highly valued by their fellow workers and the community,” Nelson said.

Trustee Elaina Goodrich said it was “unfortunate” changes in the retirement pension payouts have forced so many to retire this year.

Trustees then turned to the business of replacing township employees who have retired or resigned. They approved amendments to job descriptions for labor equipment operator, full-time park laborer and a full-time zoning/solid waste administrative assistant. The jobs will be posted internally for 14 days. If the posting results in an insufficient pool of applicants, the positions will be advertised Dec. 6 and 20 in local newspapers and websites.

The full-time zoning/solid waste administrative assistant position combines the formerly full-time zoning administrative assistant and the part-time solid waste administrative assistant position. Goodrich noted the township is close to being built out, so a full-time zoning administrative assistant was no longer needed. That position became vacant earlier this year when Martha Ferch retired, said Zoning Inspector William Funk.

The labor equipment operator position has been vacant for two or three years, said Wilson. The park laborer position became vacant when trustees accepted the resignation of Jeff Lanlien at a special Nov. 15 meeting.

Also at the meeting, trustees honored long-time Bath volunteer Lee Darst with a resolution outlining her contributions to preserving and honoring the township’s history. Darst has been a leader of the Bath Township Museum Board, organized the 100th birthday of the historic Bath Town Hall, catalogued artifacts and collected memorabilia for the museum, stated the resolution. In addition, the resolution stated, Darst has planned interpretive and educational exhibits and presented cemetery tours.

Trustees also accepted an amended contract with the Bath Road Department employees and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 348, effective retroactively to Jan. 1. The contract terminates Dec. 31, 2014. Amendments to the previously approved contract included 1 percent salary increases in 2013 and 2014, a provision to negotiate wages for 2014 in the event the township elects not to increase wages for any bargaining unit or its administrative staff for that year, and payment on a biweekly basis instead of bimonthly.

In other action, the board:

• approved requisitions and purchase orders totaling $134,049;

• agreed to sign an agreement to accept $75.72 in payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) funds through Summit County. PILT funds are distributed to local governments with national park property within their boundaries;

• accepted the resignation for retirement of firefighter/paramedic Cynthia Norris. Norris was among the first contractual employees hired to work at the fire station operated jointly by Bath and Copley, said Fire Chief Walter Hower. Norris worked for the township for 20 years as a contractual employee, Hower said;

• agreed to pay Liberta Construction approximately $12,135, the final payment for the Bonnebrook Drive culvert replacement project; and

• agreed to pay P.S. Construction Fabrics Inc. $21,934 for sawing, repair and sealing of concrete joints on Mackinaw Circle.

The board’s next meeting will take place Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. in the trustees meeting room on the lower level of the Bath Administration Building, 3864 W. Bath Road.

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