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Bath trustees adopt organizational resolution, introduce new administrator

1/10/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

At the first meeting of the new year, the Bath Township Board of Trustees adopted new policies for the year and formally introduced the next township administrator.

Trustees James Nelson and Becky Corbett adopted the 2013 organizational resolution, which includes the personnel policy manual and job descriptions, at the Jan. 7 meeting. Trustee Elaina Goodrich was on vacation.

Highlights of the document, according to Interim Township Administrator William Snow, are a 1 percent salary increase for all employees except those safety forces represented by unions, a policy limiting part-time employees to 120 hours per month and a minimum of four weeks of vacation for department heads in the fire, police, service departments and the township administrator. The vacation minimum applies to administrators who have completed their probationary period, Snow said.

The resolution also contains new guidelines for Internet, email and social media use, as well as updated nepotism and injury leave policies, Snow said. The township added the position of park crew leader and approved a new auxiliary fire personnel position, he added.

Changes to park rules included new regulations for tennis and basketball court usage at Bath Hill Park and the Bath Community Activity Center. Ice fishing is now prohibited in the Bath Nature Preserve, and the purchase of equestrian permits is no longer required, Snow added.

Trustees also formally introduced Vito Sinopoli as Snow’s successor. Sinopoli, a local attorney and a 27-year veteran of Bath’s police force, will hold the title deputy administrator until March 31, Snow’s last day with the township.

“My commitment to Bath Township and its people has really been the driving force in my life. Having grown up in this community and served honorably on its police force for the last 27 years inspired me to serve this township on an even greater level. I’m very honored to be here this evening in a new capacity as deputy administrator and very humbled by the trust and confidence you have placed in me,” Sinopoli said. “I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that will come to us in the future as we work and grow together.”

On the recommendation of Snow, trustees voted to remove Fire Chief Walter Hower from probationary status effective Jan. 1.

Snow summarized the board’s Dec. 27 settlement meeting, saying all revenues were in line with expectations and all departments were within their appropriations. He said the board approved temporary appropriations of just more than $5 million for the first three months of township operations. Goodrich was elected president of the board, he added.

Interim Service Director and Park Director Mike Rorar said park employees are plowing and salting in the parks, but asked that residents keep in mind roads are the priority when a snowstorm hits.

In other action, the board:

• approved a resolution to apply for a Connecting Communities Planning Grant from the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS) in conjunction with Copley Township and with the support of the city of Fairlawn. The township will be competing for a portion of the $100,000 available. Two grants will be awarded, said Snow;

• approved requisitions and purchase orders totaling $121,152;

• approved advertising for bids to service mechanical equipment, involving 50 heat pumps in the administration building and water heaters and boilers in all buildings, including the Service Department building, the historical Town Hall and Stony Hill Fire Station. Bids will be opened Jan. 30 at 10:30 a.m.;

• accepted the resignation of Zoning Commission Chairman Thomas Kelly; and

• approved a lease agreement with Summit County and the city of Akron for radio equipment obtained through an Assistance to Firefighters Grant to Bath, Copley, Fairlawn and Norton.

Calendar items include a Friends of Yellow Creek meeting Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Trustees Meeting Room of the Bath Administration Building, 3864 W. Bath Road.

The board’s next regular meeting will be Jan. 22 at 4 p.m. in the same location. The meeting is delayed one day because of the Jan. 21 observance of Martin Luther King Day.

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