Lake Twp. approves raises for administrator and firefighters
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer
Monday, 25 March 2013 08:37
MILLBURY - A couple days after St. Patrick's Day, several Lake Township employees will be seeing some more green in their paychecks.
At last Tuesday's meeting, the trustees approved raises for Police Chief Mark Hummer, for his township administrator role; acting fire chief Mike Hornyak, who was appointed last month, and approximately 60 firefighters who work part time.
The increases were approved after a 15-minute executive session at Tuesday's meeting.
Hummer was given a $100 per month increase for a total sum of $1,100 per month compensation as administrator, effective Jan. 1. He is paid $68,764 for his police chief duties, and his total annual salary is $81,964.
Hornyak, who was appointed after Fire Chief Todd Walters resigned, was given a $2 per hour increase on his $16.40 per hour wage, retroactive to Feb. 21. His total compensation is $18.40 per hour.
Firefighters, who haven't received an increase since 2010, got 4 percent raises retroactive to Saturday.
They will also receive two points for the first two hours for any structural fire for the year. Previously, the scale was two points for the first hour and one point for the second.
A point for firefighters can range from $7.50 per hour - which was the lowest wage before the 4 percent increase - up to $12. The higher pay is for firefighters who have special certification and training.
In other business, the trustees approved a three-year contract to provide police service to Millbury. The cost is $68,000 per year, with a 3.4-percent increase.
Mayor Michael Timmons, who was at the meeting, said village voters in November approved a 1-year continuing levy for police services that generates about $65,000 annually.
The trustees also approved 2013 appropriations totaling $4.8 million.
Fiscal Officer Vicki Schwamberger said the money was about $300,000 more than 2012.
Also at the meeting, the trustees:
• Heard from Solicitor Tom Hays, who said if residents want to stay in the natural gas aggregation program, they should "do nothing" with their Columbia Gas contract. "Stay the course," he said, and a discount will be received in the fall.
• Approved a resolution of appreciation for resident Gene Gilsdorf, who has been involved with Boy Scouts, the sesquicentennial committee, the "History of Lake Township" book, the Wood County Genealogical Society, VFW Post 9963 and Friends of Lake Township Parks.
• Heard the Wood County Commissioners will hold a town hall meeting before the trustees' May 21 meeting at 4:45 p.m.