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Bath applying for grant to fund police officer position

5/23/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

Bath could add a police officer if awarded a U.S. Department of Justice COPS grant.

Bath trustees, at the May 20 meeting, approved applying for the grant, which would fund a police officer’s salary and benefits for three years. The 75 percent grant would yield $53,148 each year for three years, said Sgt. Michael Clar. The township would ante up $17,716 a year in matching funds, he said.

The township has registered for the Hero2Hired program, which helps combat veterans find jobs, said Township Administrator Vito Sinopoli. The township will continue to post job openings as usual, supplementing the postings with use of Hero2Hired, he added.

The board accepted the resignation for retirement of Assistant Fire Chief Tim Gemind, who will retire June 6 from the department he has served since 1987. Gemind and his wife, Brenda, who has resigned her position in the Copley Service Department effective June 7, will move to North Carolina, where Gemind will serve as deputy fire chief for the Wake Forest Fire Department, according to the Copley Service Director Mark Mitchell.

Trustees accepted an invitation from representatives of Citizens for Bath Seniors to meet and greet group members at a future meeting. Trustees Becky Corbett and James Nelson said they would confer with Trustee Elaina Goodrich, who was absent, and decide which meeting to attend.

In other action, the board:

  • approved the payment of $67,915 to Franciscus Inc. for the installation of a new roof at the Bath Center building;
  • noted Bath Safety Forces will be represented by the Fraternal Order of Police;
  • agreed to not request a hearing for the liquor license transfer from Springside Racquet and Fitness Club to Force Indoor Sports Fairlawn LLC; and
  • approved the payment of requisitions and purchase orders totaling $131,984.

Upcoming events include:

√ Memorial Day Observance at the Bath Veterans’ Memorial, May 27 at noon. Maj. Gen. Dan Hahn will deliver the address. In the event of inclement weather, the observance will be moved to Bath Elementary. Trustees suggest bringing a lawn chair to the event;

√ exhibit Walk Down Memory Lane at the Bath Township Museum, 1241 N. Cleveland-Massillon Road. It 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 on the last Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. The museum is open other times by appointment. Admission is free; and

√ Community Day at Bath Community Activity Center on Aug. 3.

The board’s next regular meeting will be June 3 at 7 p.m. in the trustees’meeting room of the Bath Administration Building, 3864 W. Bath Road.

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