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Bath trustees hear 2013 year-end reports

2/6/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Julia Kazar

The Bath Board of Trustees heard the 2013 year-end reports from township administration and department heads during the Feb. 3 meeting.

The reports highlighted accomplishments throughout the year. The full reports are available on the Bath Township website.

Police Chief Michael McNeely reported the Bath Police Department responded to a total of 184 Part 1 offenses, or serious crimes the department reports to the FBI, in the year of 2013.

“For a town the size of Bath, that’s a pretty small number,” McNeely said.

Of those 184 offenses, only three were violent crimes, such as rape or assault.

Throughout 2013, police department employees educated the community though Safety Town programs, the D.A.R.E. program at the elementary and middle schools, and the new Hidden in Plain Sight program that teaches parents and caregivers to look for clues to drug use and other harmful behavior that might be in their teenagers’ rooms.

“The Hidden in Plain Sight program is something we started this year,” McNeely said, “and already it’s become a success, with presentations begin given as far away as Cincinnati.”

The trustees approved McNeely’s motion to accept with regret the resignation of Terri Moats, a part-time dispatcher, effective Feb. 13, as well as his recommendation to purchase a new Police Interceptor utility motor vehicle from Montrose Ford in the amount of $26,110 to replace vehicle 18.

According to McNeely, vehicle 18 was in an accident in January, and the replacement vehicle will be paid for with insurance settlement money.

Other year-end reports included:

  • Fire Chief Walter Hower reported the Bath Fire Department responded to a total of 1,447 calls in 2013, which is 110 more than in 2012.
    Hower also reported that because Bath is able to have three full-time employees on duty at all times, its department is often called to aid other local stations, such as Fairlawn and Richfield, when help is needed.
    “A large majority of our calls are for falls,” Hower said, “but luckily, not many are related to snow and ice. People are doing their best to stay safe when they’re in adverse conditions.”
  • Service Director Caine Collins reported there were 32 burials in 2013, most of which took place at Moore’s Chapel Cemetery.
    The Service Department also responded to 134 resident-generated requests and 39 in-house requests throughout the year, he said.
    Collins also noted for the 2012-13 season, crews logged about 1,019 hours of snow and ice control.
    Trustees approved Collins’ motion to provide Terminix pest control treatments for the Bath Center Building, the Bath Road Service Department and the Historic Town Hall. The treatments will be monthly for building interiors and bimonthly for the exteriors, and will cost about $2,560 for the entire year, he said.
  • Interim Park Supervisor Alan Garner reported the parks in Bath had an estimated 100,000 visitors throughout the season and a total of 1,996 events.
    “These numbers are just based on the scheduled events, such as soccer and baseball games,” Garner said, “this doesn’t take into account all the people who visit the parks any other times.”
  • Zoning Inspector/Administrator William Funk reported the Zoning Department issued a total of 128 permits in 2013, about 40 of which were permits for new housing or additions to housing.
    “It’s always a good thing to see the township building and expanding,” said Fiscal Officer Sharon Troike.
    Trustees approved Funk’s motion to accept and sign a memorandum of understanding with the Summit County Department of Community and Economic Development for the Moving Ohio Forward Demolition Program. This is a program that provides money for cities and towns to demolish condemned and unsafe buildings.
    Trustees also approved Funk’s motion to accept and sign a contract with Abundant Service Inc. for the demolition and disposal of residences located at 4458 Granger Road and 1500 N. Revere Road. The cost of the demolitions will be $15,410.
  • Township Administrator Vito Sinopoli reported several important advancements for the township in 2013, including the panhandling legislation, which made panhandling in the Montrose area illegal, as well as replacing the generator at the Bath Center Building and the Ghent Road Sewer Project.
    Trustees approved Sinopoli’s resolution to amend the job description manual for the assistant service director/park director position. The job description now includes: Liaison with the township constituency on all park system activities, which includes, but is not limited to, attendance at meetings with the township Park Board and other related groups and committees; review eligible grant funding opportunities for projects within the Bath park system; and draft grant applications and, for those projects on which grant funds are awarded, administer all necessary documentation and attend meetings required through project completion, and thereafter. The assistant service director/park director will report to the service director for service related activities and the township administrator for parks duties.
    Trustees also agreed to advertise and post for the assistant service director/park director position through Feb. 28.
    “We needed to take the time to discuss this issue and examine all of our options before we could make a decision,” said Trustee Becky Corbett. “After examining all the options, we discovered that by keeping the position the same as it has been in the past, 50 percent parks and 50 percent service, we are actually saving the township about $60,000 we would have spent if the positions were divided.
    “I want to thank everyone for their time and work to gather this information,” Corbett added, “as well as the many community members who gave their input, as well. It’s important that we receive feedback.”

In other business;

√ Trustees were reminded Chillin’ on the Hill will take place Feb. 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Bath Nature Preserve.

√ Trustees appointed Stephanie Blind to the Friends of Yellow Creek Committee.

The next Bath Board of Trustees meeting is set for Feb. 18, a day later than usual due to Presidents’ Day, at 4 p.m. in the trustees’ meeting room of the Bath Administration Building, 3864 W. Bath Road.

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