Perrysburg Twp. hikes police pay PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 03 July 2014 08:54
LIME CITY - Perrysburg Township trustees approved a fact finding report Wednesday that will give police raises equal to those enjoyed by firefighters earlier this year.
The report completed by a third party after township administration and the three police bargaining units failed to reach an agreement earlier this year will result in a three-year contract that mirrors the raises given to firefighters, who also went to fact-finding.
The deal offers 1.5-percent pay increases retroactive to the beginning of the year, with additional increases of 1.5 percent for 2014 and 2 percent for 2016, the final year of the contract. It covers six dispatchers, 20 patrol officers and detectives, and four sergeants.
Trustees acknowledged that neither side thought the agreement was perfect, but that it kept the parties from entering conciliation, after which the compromise generated would be binding for both sides.
In other business, the board continued discussion about how to improve an unsafe intersection at Ohio 199 and Scheider Road. Township officials have met with those from the City of Perrysburg and the Ohio Department of Transportation, as well as interested parties which include the The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo and the Perrysburg school district, which respectively have facilities and land in the area.
Trustees have discussed closing Scheider Road but sought to include others in the conversation, though no resolution has been agreed upon, said Trustee Gary Britten.
Trustee Craig LaHote suggested a compromise could be to install a four-way stop at the intersection, but the idea drew swift rebuke from Britten, who said it would only shift traffic back-ups to the other side of the intersection and was "one of the worst mistakes we could make."
"I think that would be worse than what we have now," Britten said.
Trustee Bob Mack said he preferred to wait until the matter could be addressed at another meeting.
The board also approved:
• A request to hire two police officers to fill two of four vacancies in the department.
• The promotion of Aaron Lentz to sergeant in the police department. He will earn $33.88 per hour.
• Purchase of equipment for the dispatching console and cameras in the police department.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 09:00

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