New Middletown officials OK pacts
By Mary Grzebieniak
New contracts with police and other village employees have been approved but won’t be finalized until April when council makes a consistent rule on payment for employees who decline village medical insurance.
Village officials told council Monday that, for example, different police officers receive different amounts of monthly stipends if they or their spouses do not use the village health- insurance policy.
The contract on all other issues has been approved for 2012. The new three-year contract for full-time police officers provides no pay increase the first year, 1 percent the second year and 2 percent the third year. The police chief currently makes $50,419 annually, the sergeant $38,210, and the two full-time patrolmen $29,702 and $29,120 because of different lengths of service. Police life- insurance policies will increase from $20,000 to $30,000.
All other village employees will receive a one-year contract. Parttime police officers will receive a 2 percent wage increase and a $20,000 life-insurance policy. Those with the Patrolman I rank will increase from $12.35 to $12.60 hourly. Patrolman II will increase from $11.79 to $12.03 and Patrolman III will increase from $11.26 to $11.49.
The village secretary/clerk of courts will get a 3 percent increase from $10.32 to $10.63 hourly. The street-department truck driver will get a 3 percent increase from $9.79 to $10.08 hourly. The Village Fiscal Officer received a $100 biweekly salary increase from $500 to $600. The Village Solicitor and the Mayor’s Court Prosecutor’s monthly wages will increase from $275 to $300. The fire chief’s wage will be increased from $150 per month to $300.
Council unveiled newly painted and remodeled council and mayor’s court quarters at Monday’s meeting. New furniture for the council room was purchased for $3,320 from Ed Dey Construction, New Springfield, and painting was done for $1,254 by Damage Control and Restoration, also of New Springfield.
Fiscal Officer Carl Flitcraft also told council the 2012 appropriation for the village is $1,203,000. This is slightly less than 2011’s $1,261,000 but the actual expenditure in 2011 was only about $900,000. Flitcraft said the difference in this year’s appropriation is slight and is based on all income expected by the village.
Council approved spending $1,600 for street sweeping and agreed to rehire KleanSweep of New Springfield, which has done the job for many years.
The village has also approved replacement of the flagpole in front of the administration building for $625 from Western Reserve Flag Co. in Boardman.
Police Chief Vince D’Egidio reported officials from a Cleveland Skate Park will assess the village’s skate park for maintenance and improvements. The park and the restrooms are open mornings and Welker Park is open, weather permitting.
Jeffrey Beck was tentatively approved as a firefighter pending background checks and a physical, and the village paid $142 for a six-month subscription to Ohio Grantwatch, an online service to identify grants for which the police department may qualify. They also approved village police participation in the Ohio Public Employees Deferred Compensation Plan. There is no cost to the village. Funds are voluntary donations from police paychecks.