Lake Twp. grants raises to police
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer
Monday, 24 December 2012 08:51
MILLBURY - A new three-year police contract gives Lake Township officers raises, but also increases their contribution to health care.
At Tuesday's meeting, the trustees approved the contract which gives 2.5-percent raises in 2013 and 2014 and 2 percent in 2015.
The premium contribution for officers currently enrolled in the health care program is increasing from 8.5 percent to 10 percent in 2013, 12 percent in 2014 and 14 percent in 2015.
"I think it's a good and fair contract for the township and the officers," said Police Chief Mark Hummer, who is also the township administrator. He added that the bargaining association unanimously approved the new contract.
Hummer also pointed out that the officers voluntarily gave back their salary increase for 2012. The township has had several state cuts this year, including the local government fund, and the donated salaries were a way the officers thought they could help, the chief said.
The raise give-back amounted to about $20,000.
Hummer said this is the third contract the bargaining association and trustees have worked through, and all of the negotiations have been amicable.
"It was a nice give and take," agreed trustee chairwoman Melanie Bowen.
The township's costs for health care are increasing 3 percent this year. At the last meeting, the trustees approved a Medical Mutual contract of $18,530 per month.
There are two other changes in the new police contract.
"Seniority" will be added to state the bidding that officers do for shifts.
Also, life insurance will no longer be offered by the township to part-time officers. A one-time payment of $200 will be made to all part-time officers who have worked 450 hours or more in 2012.
In other police business, the trustees promoted part-time patrol officer Todd Cromer to full time. He has been with the department for three years and is a Lake High School graduate, Hummer said.
The promotion is a result of voters approving a 1.4-mill replacement levy in November. Officials had pledged that the new money would go toward hiring officers.
The township police department has 14 full-time officers, nine part-time officers and a $1.4-million annual budget.
Also at the meeting, the trustees:
• Approved spending $2,500 at 795 Tire Service Inc., Millbury, for eight tires for the 1994 dump truck.
• Voted to pay the annual membership dues of $444 to the Regional Chamber of Commerce, Toledo. The township uses the chamber to secure health insurance.
• Authorized $992 for tuition and books for firefighter Victor Blankenship to attend Basic EMT Certification class at Owens Community College.
• Reappointed Matt Schober and Rick Rowland to five-year terms on the zoning commission effective Jan. 1.
• Reappointed William Trombley to a five-year term on the board of zoning appeals effective Jan. 1.
• Set a year-end meeting for Dec. 27 at 5:30 p.m.
• Heard November department reports. Police made 13 arrests and issued 19 citations. There were 261 calls for service in the township, 284 from Rossford, 88 in Walbridge and five in Millbury. The cemetery had 19 burials.
• Heard leaf pickup has ended for the season.
• Read a letter from Lake School District Transportation Director Tammy Tapley, thanking the police officers for their extra presence on campus Monday morning. That was the first day back to school after Friday's school shooting in Connecticut.