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Youngstown board OKs hefty severance payments

Published: Fri, February 17, 2012 @ 12:06 a.m.

By David Skolnick



The city’s board of control approved $239,020.77 in severance payments to five retired employees — three police officers and two firefighters.

The city must make the payments to retiring employees since the severance packages are part of union contracts with the city, said Mayor Charles Sammarone, the board’s chairman. The payments were approved by the board Thursday.

The biggest payout went to William Powell, a police captain who retired Jan. 18 after 33 years on the force. Powell’s severance payment is $85,300.29.

Of that amount, Powell will receive $53,274.84 for accumulated time, money he deferred rather than receive as overtime during his career. He also will receive $10,057.71 for unused vacation time, and $21,274.16 for unused sick time. The rest of the money, a small amount, includes payments for longevity and hazardous-duty pay.

After employees leave city jobs, they receive an amount equal to 35 percent of their hourly wage for unused sick time. All other severance payments are at 100 percent.

Former Detective Sgt. Ismael Caraballo, who retired Jan. 17 after 33 years with the city police department, will receive a $62,847.22 severance payment.

Most of Caraballo’s money will come from unused sick time, $38,618.30, and $15,964.55 for accumulated time.

Mark Wollet, who retired as a detective sergeant on Jan. 13 after 34 years at the department, is receiving $31,333.97 with much coming from unused sick time, $13,590.69, and unused vacation time, $7,494.12.

Also, the board approved a $43,170.12 severance payment to retired fire Lt. Dennis DiTullio, whose last day was Jan. 16, after 22 years with the department. Most of it, $32,319.30, is for unused sick time.

Joseph Caraballo, a retired fire lieutenant, will receive a $16,369.17 severance payment with $8,198.39 for unused sick time. Carabello, who retired Jan. 16, is the brother of Ismael Caraballo, said fire Chief John J. O’Neill Jr.

Also Thursday, the board finalized a contract to pay $4,500 to purchase the property of the former Jitso’s Place at 2023 McGuffey Road. That money will first go toward paying the $1,698.60 in delinquent taxes on the land owed by its owner, Thomas Shockley of Columbus, with the rest going to the owner.

The city demolished the former East Side bar building earlier this month.

In the four years before it closed on June 2010, city police received 242 calls to the bar for weapons offenses, shootings, loud music and liquor-law violations.

“It’s a nuisance in the neighborhood,” Sammarone said. “We bought it and demolished it. It won’t be a nuisance anymore.”

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