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Rorar to serve as interim Bath service director

12/6/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

Assistant Service Director and Park Director Michael Rorar will serve as interim Bath Township service director until a replacement for retiring Service Director Bob Wilson can be found.

Rorar’s appointment becomes effective Jan. 1. Wilson will retire at the end of December. The Bath Township Board of Trustees, at the Dec. 3 meeting, agreed to pay Rorar an additional $800 per month while he is doing double duty.

Interim Township Administrator William Snow told trustees he has received 14 applications for the service director position. Snow said the posting generated interest from several excellent candidates, including Rorar. Interviews for the position will begin in mid-December, Snow added.

Pat Hopper, of Rolling View Drive, presented trustees with signed petitions requesting assistance from the township in establishing programs for senior citizens. Hopper said the petitions contained nearly 400 signatures. The petition asks the township to “support its seniors (36 percent of the population) by locating/providing meeting venues and coordinating and advertising senior activities. The senior program should be funded by using existing and yet-to-be-collected inheritance taxes and any donated monies,” Hopper said. Hopper said other petitions have not yet been collected and she expects to submit many more signatures.

Also during the meeting, trustees accepted a bid of $21,000 for a 2003 ambulance with 98,000 miles on it. The vehicle was replaced with a new medical unit earlier this year. Fire Chief Walt Hower said the vendor for the new unit offered the township $10,000 for the old vehicle, but the department decided to sell the unit itself. Hower said he was very happy with a $21,000 bid from Coshocton County Emergency Medical Services. The sale is expected to be complete by mid-December, Hower said.

Police Chief Michael McNeely reported Jerry Schorr, of Hametown Road, had received the FBI Citizen’s Academy Hometown Hero Award for his part in the rescue of a missing resident with dementia. Schorr received the award Nov. 16. Schorr was nominated for the award by McNeely.

Snow thanked the Bath Business Association for the Wye Bridge lighting event.

“There were a lot of happy kids down there when Santa Claus came across that bridge. It’s a great event,” he said.

In other action, the board:

• approved requisitions and purchase orders totaling $174,879;

• amended the 2012 certificate of estimated resources and 2012 permanent appropriations to reflect receipt of $18,269 in grant funds for park projects;

• extended by an additional six months the leave of absence for firefighter Tom Burke;

• noted envelopes and stickers for the township’s Yellow Dot program are available at the township offices. The Yellow Dot program allows drivers to mark their vehicles with a yellow sticker to alert emergency responders that the driver or a frequent passenger of the vehicle has a medical condition whose details can be found in the yellow envelope stored in the glove compartment; and

• reinstated firefighter/paramedic Thomas Kamp as a part-time employee effective Dec. 1. Kamp, who retired from the Bath Fire Department Nov. 30 under the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS), is not subject to the OPERS 60-day waiting period because he will be subject to Social Security withholding, trustees said.

The Bath Board of Trustees next meeting is set for Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. in the trustees’ meeting room of the Bath Administration Building, locatd at 3864 W. Bath Road.

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