By Mary Smith
Weathersfield Township trustees have approved a one-time, 3 percent bonus for all nonbargaining full-time employees, to be paid in January.
Part-time police and firefighters are not included, but the department’s six full-time police officers represented by the Ohio Police Benevolent Association and the four road department employees represented by the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association will receive the bonus once a year under their new three-year contracts.
Both groups took a wage freeze in their last contracts.
The bonuses are expected to be about $700 to $800 each for union-represented employees, Trustee Gil Blair said.
Blair noted that employees have had an important part in helping the township cut spending by $205,000 from 2012 to 2013. “Employees have been very cooperative in helping with spending cuts and changing the structure of township operations,” he said.
Additional raises will go to part-time police officers, $9.50 to $10.50 an hour; fire department officers, $10.50 to $11.50 per call; firefighters, $9.50 to $10.50 per call; and training for firefighters, $10.75 to $11.75 per training session.
One-time 3 percent bonuses also were given to the administrative office assistant, from who earns $17.50 an hour; the office assistant, $12.50 an hour, and to another office assistant, whose jobs has been re-classified to take on additional duties, and who will receive an increase from $9.50 to $12.50 a hour.
Maintenance employee Rusty Garland will go from $7.85 an hour to $7.95.
Also to receive one-time 3 percent bonuses are: Police Captain Joe Naples, who makes $25.12 an hour; Police Chief Joseph Consiglio, who makes $55,885 a year and Administrator David Rouan, who makes $50,000 annually. The bonuses will range from $600 to $1,700, Blair said.
Trustees also authorized the township administrator to complete necessary documents to change the township’s health insurance from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield to Medical Mutual Insurance of Ohio, Delta Dental, Anthem Life Insurance, American United Insurance and Vision Service Provider, effective Dec.1. The switch will save the township an expected $63,000. The previous cost of health care was $225,855 and will now be $162,542.
Trustees also approved purchase of a new firetruck and two new police cruisers.
The firetruck will be purchased through Pierce of Appleton, Wis., at a cost of $489,816 with a five-year financing term.
The agreement to purchase was made now to save the township $19,670 on the truck, a savings only available through 2013.
The vehicle is being purchased through the state purchasing program to replace a fire engine that is 21 years old. It will go to the McKinley Heights fire station.
The new police vehicles will be two Explorer Ford Police Interceptor Utility Vehicles through Crown Ford of Warren at a cost of $24,995, which is below the state purchase price, and to use the Ford Municipal Lease/Purchase program to finance the vehicles over five years.
Rowley Rescue Response of Niles will equip and mark the new vehicles at a cost of $6,799 for each car. The vehicles will replace the oldest and highest-mileage cars in the police fleet, which includes 12 vehicles.