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Springfield trustees close 2012, elect new officers

1/3/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Shown above, from left, Springfield Fiscal Officer Joy Dies swears in new part-time Springfield Police Department officers Craig Wilson, Jason Corzine and Mitchell Smith.
Photo: Maria Lindsay
SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Board of Trustees approved legislation for its last meeting of 2012 and then moved into organizational meeting business at its Dec. 27 meeting.

The end-of-year business approved at the meeting included:

• a 2013 policing contract for Lakemore, with a cost increase of 4.7 percent that trustees said reflected increased costs;

• a payment not to exceed $4,650 to Wiese Plumbing and Heating Inc. for a tankless water heater and its installation at the Road Department garage;

• a payment of $3,870 to Cummins Bridgeway for a radiator on an emergency generator;

• to file an application for a 2013 Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft Marine Patrol Assistance grant totaling $19,304, including $4,826 to be paid by the township;

• to hire Jason Corzine, Craig Wilson and Mitchell Smith as part-time, one-year probationary police officers, all of whom were sworn in by Fiscal Officer Joy Dies during a ceremony at the beginning of the meeting; and

• to declare six properties, including 979 and 1016 Mohawk Trail, 2063 Parma Lane, 356 James Ave., 2326 Mingo Trail and 977 Abington Road, a nuisance and to initiate abatement in the form of demolition.

The new year business included:

√ the election of Trustees Dean Young as chairman and Bruce Killian as vice chairman of the Board of Trustees; and

√ various routine approvals for items such as the Board of Trustees meeting schedule, which remains the same; medical, dental and vision insurance, as well as life insurance for employees and elected officials; financial operations matters; mileage rates of 56.5 cents per mile; legal counsel contracts with Goldman & Rosen and associate attorneys Irving Sugerman and J.R. Russell, with a base retainer fee of $2,500 per month, and for labor matters, a contract with Clemans, Nelson & Associates; and annual salaries for trustees and the fiscal officer. All 24 items were read into the record, with explanations offered on some.

Trustees met for a special meeting Jan. 3 for business and an executive session to review progress on negotiations with public employees. Information from that meeting was not available by presstime.

The next regular trustees’ meeting will take place Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 2459 Canfield Road.

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