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County Council OKs pay raises

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

Summit County Councilman Tim Crawford (D-District 7) is shown  above, 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 raises 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.

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.

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.

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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