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County Council OKs pay raises

5/16/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Summit County Councilman Tim Crawford (D-District 7) is shown at right as he and County Law Director Deb Matz check out a new county hazardous materials response vehicle May 13.
Photo: Kathleen Folkerth
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County Council adopted resolutions granting 1.5 percent raises to both nonbargaining and some bargaining employees during the May 13 meeting.

As recommended by the Personnel Committee, Council unanimously adopted a resolution regarding the raises for classified and unclassified nonbargaining employees. The affected employees work in the offices of Council, the Fiscal Officer, Prosecutor, Sheriff, Clerk of Courts and Engineer and for the Internal Audit Department and Human Resource Commission, according to the legislation. They will see the raise in the next full pay period.

The workers have not seen pay increases since 2008, according to county officials.

Council also adopted on first reading three resolutions regarding 1.5 percent raises for bargaining employees in the Engineer’s and Fiscal offices due to a wage reopener clause in their three-year contracts.

For the clerical and technical unit of the Engineer’s Office, the raises will not be in effect until the third year of the employees’ contract, which begins April 1, 2014.

Jason Dodson, chief of staff for the Executive’s Office, said there are four more bargaining units whose members have yet to vote on their contracts, but he expects three of those to be ready for Council adoption June 3.

Council also heard from Tom Leffler, manager of finance for the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADM) Board, who updated members on the levy-funded agency’s finances.

The agency projects that it will have $36 million in reserves, enough to carry it for 11 months, at the end of this year, Leffler said.

A renewal of the ADM’s levy is expected to be before county voters in the November General Election. Council heard first reading of the first resolution regarding the levy during the meeting.

Council also adopted on second reading the second resolution regarding the renewal levy for the Akron Zoo, which voters also will see on the November ballot.

Council also adopted on first reading a resolution that will allow Sheriff’s Office dispatchers to answer calls for Summit County Children Services (SCCS) after hours at a rate of $20,000 a year.

Law Director Deb Matz said the contract is less than the previous outside vendor used by SCCS.

In other business, Council adopted a motion that confirmed the appointments of several individuals to the county’s Dangerous Wild Animal Response Team. Among those appointed to the newly established team for a term from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2016, were Copley Trustee Helen Humphrys, Copley Police Chief Michael Mier and Assistant Richfield Village Fire Chief Phil McLean.

Council also adopted:

  • a resolution for Job and Family Services to accept $70,000 for the Connecting the Dots program to help youths in foster care who are soon to be emancipated with job training and independent living;
  • a resolution allowing the county to execute a Local Public Agency agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation for $1.07 million in improvements to Quick Road in Boston Township;
  • a resolution approving a construction contract with Lockhart Concrete Co. for the replacement of the Cleveland-Massillon Road bridge over Van Hyning Run in Norton in an amount of $413,537; and
  • a resolution that will allow the temporary establishment of a four-way stop at the intersection of Riverview and Boston Mills roads in Boston Township May 18-26 due to the Thomas the Tank Engine train event at Boston Mills.

Following the meeting, Council members headed outside to South Main Street, where Emergency Management Agency officials had parked two new county emergency response vehicles — a decontamination unit and a hazardous materials vehicle.

County Council will meet for committee meetings May 20 at 4:30 p.m. in Council Chambers on the seventh floor of the Ohio Building, 175 S. Main St.

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