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New administrator takes reins in Bath

4/4/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

The April 1 meeting of the Bath Township Board of Trustees marked a changing of the guard in the township’s top administrative job.

Trustees said goodbye to long-time Administrator Bill Snow and saw new Township Administrator Vito Sinopoli begin his solo flight.

Snow, who did not attend the meeting because of commitment in a class he is taking, was honored with passage of a resolution marking his service to the township. A life-long Bath resident, Snow became a volunteer firefighter/emergency medical technician in 1982 and served in the Bath Fire Department until he retired with the rank of captain in 2003, stated the resolution. Snow was appointed clerk-treasurer (precursor to the fiscal officer position) in 1996 and became township administrator in 2000.

During his tenure as township administrator, Snow’s “guidance and perseverance” resulted in construction of Stony Hill Fire Station (a collaboration with Copley Township), establishment of the Bath Hill Park and the Bath Nature Preserve and early retirement of bond debt for the nature preserve, stated the resolution.

However, Snow’s “most notable and appreciated contribution” is the sound fiscal status of the township, according to the resolution.

Sinopoli, a former Bath policeman and local attorney selected from a field of more than 30 candidates, held the title deputy administrator and worked alongside Snow for three months, until Snow’s official retirement March 31.

“Our meeting this evening is obviously very important to me. It marks the transition of leadership and the first day in my new position as township administrator,” Sinopoli said.

Sinopoli paid homage to Snow, with whom he worked closely.

“His experience and wisdom have been an invaluable source of help to me,” Sinopoli said.

Sinopoli pledged to continue to provide good administration to the township.

“As township administrator, I am committed to maintaining the viability and success of this community,” he said.

In other business, Bath Fiscal Officer Sharon Troike reported three bids were received for a planned roof replacement at the Bath Administration Building. Franciscus Inc. was the low bidder at $67,915. The board approved hiring Franciscus for the job on the recommendation of Sinopoli.

Trustee James Nelson noted the township had set aside funds for the planned expenditure over a period of time.

In other action, the board:

  • approved posting for the position of part-time communications specialist for the police department. Police Chief Michael McNeely said the posting is to replace a position that was vacated last year;
  • approved hiring part-time seasonal service and parks laborers, including Stephen Troike, Sharon Troike’s son, at a rate of $9 per hour; Leah Blachaniec at a rate of $9.25 per hour; Luke Singer at a rate of $9.25 per hour; and Nicholas Critchfield at a rate of $9 per hour. Seasonal employees generally work May through August and must pass all township prehire testing.
  • hired Scott Finley as a full-time parks laborer at an hourly rate of $18 per hour. Finley was employed for 12 years in the Service Department of Boston Heights, said Park Director Michael Rorar;
  • appointed Zoning Inspector/Administrator Bill Funk to the additional position of solid waste coordinator. Snow previously served in the position, trustees said; and
  • approved requisitions and purchase orders totaling $167,147, including $67,517 to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

Upcoming events include:

√ ongoing exhibit Walk Down Memory Lane at the Bath Township Museum, 1241 N. Cleveland-Massillon Road. The exhibit features township memorabilia and photographs from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. The museum is open Mondays from 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to noon on the last Saturday of each month. The museum is open other times by appointment. Admission is free;

√ 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.

The board’s next meeting will take place April 15 at 1:20 p.m. at Revere High School, located at the corner of Everett and Revere roads. The board will conduct business in front of and take questions from a high school government class. The meeting is open to the public. This meeting will replace the regular third Monday meeting of the board.

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