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Copley trustees update cell phone policy

10/24/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

At the Oct. 16 meeting, the Copley Township Board of Trustees amended its policy for township employees regarding the use of cell phones and pagers. The policy will now allow employees a maximum reimbursement of $30 per month for data expenses, such as text messaging and email, said Fiscal Officer Janice Marshall.

The updated policy also prohibits text messaging while operating a township vehicle, added Marshall. Additionally, it addresses the responsibility of each employee to check the email account provided by the township and outlines the process in which that email address will be deactivated upon termination of employment, she added.

In other action, trustees amended purchase orders issued to buy firearms and equipment for the police department, adjusting vendors and amounts approved at the trustees’ last regular meeting. More quotes came in after the original purchase orders were issued, explained Marshall.

One purchase order for $18,025 was changed to $28,445, while the other was adjusted from $21,772 to $11,820.

Though they will be spending $470 more, the purchase will include $1,250 more worth of equipment, resulting in actual savings of about $800, she said.

In other business, trustees:

  • renewed a property and liability insurance premium for $85,278, for a one-year period beginning Oct. 14. The cost is a 4.77 percent increase attributable to vehicle maintenance and recent repairs and the purchase of the new fire engine, Marshall noted;
  • approved a blanket certificate for EMS operating supplies for $2,850 using state of Ohio EMS grant funds. The fire department will use the funds to buy equipment such as interosseous infusion kits (to insert an IV into bone), as well as intubation kits and continuous positive airway pressure devices, according to Chief Michael Benson;
  • a purchase order for $5,505 to continue participation in the Metro SWAT Program for 2014;
  • acknowledged the Copley Township Community Emergency Response Team is to be covered under the township’s insurance policy;
  • said they plan to send letters of commendation to three police dispatchers who recently responded to an incident in which a bus driver reported a parent of a kindergartener appeared to intoxicated and fell while picking up the child. Dispatchers notified police, who attempted to gain entry to the home and could not, Lt. Luke Marchmon said. The dispatchers went “above and beyond their call of duty,” contacting the child’s school to obtain emergency information, and ultimately, a relative provided access to the home, where there also was a 2-year-old, he said.
    “The impact of that was [the woman] didn’t cause further injury to herself and of course, we were able to care for the children,” he said;
  • approved having the Summit County Engineer’s Officer prepare bid books to replace a culvert pipe on Janwood Drive. Residents have agreed to easement acquisition requests, said Service Director Mark Mitchell. The project is expected to cost around $70,000, he said. Trustees will open the bids Nov. 6;
  • noted during a recent collection day, the township collected about 8 tons of tires, 335 gallons of motor oil, 35 gallons of antifreeze, 3 gallons of vegetable oil, nine used filters, several pounds of batteries and 5,326 pounds of e-waste, according to Mitchell;
  • noted a building in the 1800 block of Copley Road owned by Certified Oil is scheduled to be demolished Nov. 4, said Planning Director Matt Springer. The company is responsible for the tear-down and backfill, he added; and
  • heard Pulte Homes, regarding the proposed Miller Farms subdivision, will go back to the Architectural Review Board (ARB) Nov. 4. For the third time, the ARB will review the developer’s plans, looking at tree preservation, landscaping and buffering, he said. Plans call for a nearly 2-mile walking trail, to be paid for by the developer and maintained by the homeowners’ association, Springer said.

Following an executive session, trustees promoted Lt. Chris Bower to fire captain, effective Oct. 28, and made two conditional offers of employment for part-time firefighters pending successful completion of prehire testing, to Bryan Friend and Corey Sanzone.

The board’s next meeting is set for Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. at the township offices, located at 1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

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