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Norton approves agreement with EMTs, paramedics

6/5/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Julia Kazar

An ordinance adopting a successor collective bargaining agreement between the City of Norton and the International Association of EMTs and Paramedics was approved at the May 27 Norton City Council meeting.

Council voted 6-0, with Councilman Scott Pelot (at large) not present.

According to the ordinance, this relates to all part-time firefighters employed by the City of Norton, and will replace the former agreement. Finance Director Laura Starosta told Council the agreement includes a 0.5 percent raise this year and a 1 percent raise next year.

Councilwoman Charlotte Whipkey (at large) also stated the agreement increased the uniform allowance, but Administrative Officer Valerie Wax-Carr clarified that while the food allowance and uniform allowance were combined, the dollar amounts remained the same and were not increased.

Also during the meeting:

  • Council had a first reading of an ordinance to repeal Ordinance 34-1999 and the corresponding section of the codified ordinances, which deals with insurance contracts for the city that are in excess of limits set by the Ohio Revised Code and must therefore be authorized by Council and approved by the Board of Control before the contract can be awarded.
  • Council had a first reading of a resolution of support for the Good Deeds program. According to the resolution, the Good Deeds program assists homeowners with deeds lacking joint survivorship language or transfer on death provisions.
  • Council had a second reading of an ordinance to authorize the administrative officer to enter into an agreement with Environmental Design Group for professional engineering services for the design of a vacuum sewer system for the Nash Heights East Phase and Nash Heights West Phase.

In other business, Starosta has submitted her resignation and June 30 will be her last day, she said. Mayor Mike Zita is accepting résumés to find her replacement, she said.

Council next will meet for its regular meeting June 9 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Safety-Administration Building, 4060 Columbia Woods Drive.

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