Wood County Park District approves pay plan PDF Print E-mail
Written by By HAROLD BROWN/Sentinel City Editor   
Monday, 19 October 2009 15:57
WoodCountyParks_rotatorWood County Park District Commissioners Monday afternoon approved a pay compensation plan for its 20 employees. The board tabled the resolution at its Sept. 14. meeting.
The board stipulated that it will continue to work with Clemans-Nelson and Associates to refine how to take care of recommendations regarding three employees the report suggests ought to receive large pay increases.
The plan calls for virtually no salary increases, while two park rangers, a maintenance specialist and the stewardship coordinator could receive small hourly raises.
Board Chairperson George Thompson noted that the resolution was tabled at the request of members of the public in the audience. "We asked for written comments. I myself have not received any comments nor am I aware of any other board member who has received comments." Board members Joan Foster and Charlotte Scherer, along with Director Neil Munger confirmed they had received no comments.

The people who sought the postponement did not attend Monday's meeting.
Thompson said as far as he is concerned, the issue is finished and has been a learning experience.
The board did hear from two members of the Friends of the Wood County Parks, who said the public does not realize and thus cannot appreciate the efforts of park employees who regularly go above and beyond.
"This is not a 9 to 5 job," said Chuck Hayden. "It is weekends and evenings. People who think this is a 9 to 5 job - that is just not the case. How do we get across that the staff is really working hard and not getting recognition from the public. I do not know."
Bill Hale said he thought staff members had jobs that were like school teachers, with teaching, grading papers, school functions and conferences. "It's all part and parcel of their job and it is the same way with a lot of park employees. You saw the pictures here of the staff putting in the playground equipment."
Hale was referring to photos Munger shared with the board of installation of the playground at Cedar Creeks Preserve this summer. Hale said people who enjoy functions and programs at the parks need to know it takes a lot of evenings and weekends on the part of the staff. "I hope you get a half-day off or something during the week," Hale said.
Thompson agreed with the comments. "This is the best park district, not just in Northwest Ohio or Ohio, but the United States," he said.
The board also:
¥ Approved on a 2-1 vote a resolution asking that the board be expanded from three to five members. Thompson introduced the resolution, saying it would give the board a chance to diversify and expand not only its ethnic but professional background. Foster opposed the resolution. Foster said expanding the board "was a little like overkill. There are only three county commissioners. It seems a little out of scale." She said it would be better to consider diversity when there are openings for the three existing positions. Ohio law allows the park board to ask for expansion to five members. It will be up to Wood County Common Pleas/Probate Judge David Woessner to fill the new slots.
¥ Learned the district will spend $3,900 for asbestos abatement in the building it recently purchased in Rudolph. The work will be done in the next few weeks to allow the building to be used for storage of park equipment this winter.
¥ Approved seeking a grant for playground equipment at the Bradner Preserve. The grant will cover half of the cost. The board set aside $52,000 for its share of the equipment plus shipping.
¥ Held an executive session to discuss land acquisition.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 October 2009 10:22

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