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Bath trustees hire service director

3/21/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

BATH — In a split vote, the Bath Township Board of Trustees hired Caine Collins as service director, effective May 1.

Collins will replace Bob Wilson, who retired at the end of 2012. Assistant Service Director Mike Rorar has been serving as interim service director since Wilson’s retirement. Rorar, who also serves as the township park director, was one of the finalists for the position.

Interim Township Administrator William Snow recommended Collins to trustees at the March 18 meeting. Trustees Becky Corbett and James Nelson voted to approve the recommendation. Board President Elaina Goodrich voted against hiring Collins.

Goodrich said she believed Collins was qualified for the position, but she preferred Rorar for it.

“Mr. Rorar has been a dedicated employee to the township for 16 years,” she said. “He has grown the 500-acre parks to their current successful state.”

Corbett said Rorar has done a wonderful job and is greatly appreciated. However, she termed Collins’ background as “unparalleled.”

Collins has a bachelor of science degree in construction engineering technology and a master of public administration degree from The University of Akron. He currently is employed as a service supervisor for the city of Green Public Service Department. He has been a construction team manager for the Summit County Engineer’s Office and a construction coordinator for Metro Parks, Serving Summit County. Collins also has served in the U.S. Army and Ohio Army National Guard, where he was project manager for more than $15 million in construction projects in Iraq.

Collins will be paid $37.50 per hour plus an education incentive. He will serve a one-year probationary period.

Trustees also approved permanent appropriations of $14.5 million, which included several capital expenditures. In 2013, the township expects to replace roofing on the township Administration Building (also known as the Bath Center building) and construct a fuel storage station at the Ira Road service facility. The fuel station will make fuel available 24 hours a day for the Service, Police and Fire departments, said Deputy Administrator Vito Sinopoli. Other projects include:

  • funding a reserve account for the purchase of a fire truck in 2020;
  • replacing a 20-year-old back-up generator that supports township 9-1-1 dispatch;
  • replacing a computer email server;
  • completing crack sealing and color coating for four tennis courts at Bath Community Center;
  • completing parking lot repairs at the Bath Nature Preserve;
  • completing a scheduled replacement of four police vehicles;
  • replacing trailers in the roads and parks departments;
  • replacing an infield buggy for use by the parks department; and
  • completing a scheduled replacement of a parks department pickup truck.

Trustees said many of the projects will be paid for with funds that department heads have accrued over two or more years.

Upcoming events include:

√ State of the Parks presentation at The University of Akron Field Station at the Bath Nature Preserve, March 21 at 7 p.m.;

√ Rain Barrel Workshop at the Regal Beagle in the Bath Nature Preserve, April 20 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Participants can build one rain barrel for $70 and add a second linked barrel for $30; and

√ Project Pride, April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Fiscal Officer Sharon Troike is seeking volunteers for the township Audit Committee. The committee meets twice yearly. Committee members must be a resident of or own a business in Bath. Applicants should have a background in law, banking or accounting. Appointments are for a five-year term.

The board’s next regular meeting will be April 1 at 7 p.m. in the trustees’ meeting room of the Bath Administration Building, 3864 W. Bath Road.

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