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Bath trustees approve new software system

5/8/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Julia Kazar

The Bath Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to purchase an upgrade for the existing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 to the Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 from Target Systems Inc. at a cost of $17,982 at the May 5 meeting.

According to Zoning Inspector/Administrator William Funk, this server handles all township email and is quickly running out of space. Funk said the new server has “pretty much unlimited storage space, at least for the foreseeable future.”

Funk estimated the new system will be up and running within the next few weeks, as all of the necessary equipment is in stock and will only need to be purchased and installed.

Funk also reported he hopes to take the old server and swap it out with the current camera server, which is also in need of a replacement.

Many township items also will be placed on www.govdeals.com, an Internet auction website in the next few weeks. All money raised from the sale of these items will go to the department they are from, according to township officials.

Trustee Elaina Goodrich noted that anyone can bid on items on this website, but they must register first.

A few of the items to be placed on the website include: a Henderson V-box salt spreader, a Henderson tailgate salt spreader, Cellular Specialties bi-directional amplifiers, a Sony 5.1 Mega Pixel Cyber-Shot digital camera, a Bullard thermal imager camera and more.

Trustees also heard a presentation from Scott Shaffer, of Simple Recycling. Shaffer said the recycling program, which Bath was the first in the county to approve, will kick off the week of May 19. All Bath residents will receive a postcard in the mail prior to that week detailing how the program works and what they need to do to participate. Residents also will receive green plastic trash bags that are to be filled with textile recyclables at their leisure. When they are ready to be recycled, they should place them on the curb with regular recycling or drop them off at a location in town. Trustees hope to set up a location at the Bath Administration Building.

Shaffer also said even if a resident doesn’t participate in the regular recycling program, they can still participate in Simple Recycling.

Simple Recycling collects all kinds of textile goods, including clothing, shoes, belts, purses, sheets, blankets and more. A full list will be provided to residents. Both the green bags and the postcard will have a phone number printed on them for residents to call with any questions, he said. The only item they can’t take right now is carpet, Shaffer said.

In other business:

√ Sgt. Mike Clar informed trustees of a graduation party registration that parents can take advantage of this summer. To register, visit www.bathtownship.org and click on “Police Department” to inform the Police Department when their child’s graduation party will be. Patrol officers will try and stop at the house at some point during the party to make sure no illegal activity is taking place.

√ Township Administrator Vito Sinopoli informed trustees grant funding has been received and the deed has been filed for the purchase of 950 N. Cleveland-Massillon Road, which will be the future home of a Ghent Wayside Visitors Center. Sinopoli also said this property was purchased 100 percent with grant funding. The site will feature parking, a walk and bike trail and an information kiosk.

Trustees approved the following:

  • the payment for three police vehicles in the amount of $26,110 each. The purchase of these vehicles was approved at an earlier meeting and is part of a planned vehicle replacement schedule;
  • the payment for a brush chipper from Vermeer Sales & Services Inc. in the amount of $41,844, and the purchase of a new Butler TS 612D trailer from Leppo Equipment of Akron for $5,200;
  • a payment to JG3 Consulting for updating the Bath roadway condition inventory in the amount of $10,710. According to Trustee Becky Corbett, this is a regular program that helps to determine the state of the roads in the township and which ones are most in need of repair;
  • a resolution to apply for the Summit County Community Grant. If the township is awarded this $15,000 grant, it will be used for the development of Bath Trail, according to township officials.
  • the purchase of a log splitter attachment for the skid steer from Neon Material Handling in the amount of $1,749;
  • the removal of Service Director Caine Collins from probationary status retroactive to May 1;
  • an application for a water connection for resident Gary Strelow at 3580 Everett Road; and
  • to hold an auction May 22 at 4 p.m. at 3864 W. Bath Road for miscellaneous township goods.

The board’s next meeting will be May 19 at 4 p.m. in the trustees’ meeting room of the Bath Administration Building, 3864 W. Bath Road.

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