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Bath trustees go back to school for meeting

4/18/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

A Revere High School American government class got the opportunity to see local government at work when the Bath Township Board of Trustees moved its April 15 meeting to the classroom.

Revere High School Social Studies teacher Jason Milczewski for the past seven years has been inviting local government officials to conduct their business in front of his American government class for juniors and seniors.

Bath Administrator Vito Sinopoli explained how township governments work and how they are funded and gave a brief history of townships in Ohio. Sinopoli was followed by other department heads who gave short presentations on the responsibilities of their departments.

Following the presentations, students had the opportunity to ask questions.

Senior Julia Deng asked Police Chief Michael McNeely to explain the differences among robbery, theft and burglary. McNeely, earlier in the meeting, reported on the number and nature of crime in the township, including the number of property crimes in 2012. He told students the township is a very safe place, with very few violent crimes.

Junior Erik Godard asked trustees what they do in the event the township’s expenditures are over or under their budget. Trustees explained that, unlike the federal government, townships must file a balanced budget each year. Townships are prohibited from spending more than they take in, said Fiscal Officer Sharon Troike.

Trustees also explained each department is required to have money left at the end of the year for a “carryover” to run their operations until the first property tax settlement of the year is paid out to the township.

Godard also asked about qualifications to become a trustee. Trustee Becky Corbett said candidates for the position must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of the township. To run for the office, candidates must gather at least 25 signatures from registered township voters and file the signed petition with the county board of elections. Other responsibilities include accounting for any campaign donations and filing a report on expenditures following the election.

Board of Trustees member Elaina Goodrich said election of trustees is nonpartisan.

In other action, the board:

  • approved hiring Nanci Noonan as full-time zoning/solid waste administrative assistant at a rate of $17.31 per hour, effective April 15. Noonan, a 15-year township employee currently working as the solid waste billing clerk, will serve a one-year probation in the new position;
  • approved hiring Alan Garner as park crew leader at a rate of $24 per hour, effective April 15. Garner, a township park employee since 2005, will serve a one-year probation in the new position;
  • accepted the resignation of seasonal park employee Alexandra Singer, effective April 15;
  • removed Administrative Assistant Hannah Krumheuer from probationary status, effective April 16; and
  • approved requisitions and purchase orders totaling $160,780.

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 from 2 to 4 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and 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 annual cleanup day will start at Bath Elementary School and the Richfield Town Hall pavilion.

The board’s next regular meeting will be May 6 at 7 p.m. in the trustees’ meeting room of the Bath Administration Building, 3864 W. Bath Road.

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