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Due to health care act, park board makes staffing changes PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 13 September 2013 10:03
Staffing changes to adjust to upcoming health care requirements were approved Tuesday by the Wood County Board of Park Commissioners.
The meeting was conducted at Cedar Creeks Preserve in Northwood.
As several part-time employees would begin receiving health benefits as part of the Affordable Care Act, the board voted to make those positions full-time and retain several others as part-time with fewer hours.
The change results in a net gain for the park district, because while the cost of having additional benefit expenses is an increase, the district will have additional staff hours as well, according to Director Neil Munger.
There are four part-time maintenance employees who work 32 hours per week and would be eligible for partial benefits under the Affordable Care Act. The board opted to convert two positions to full-time, and reduce the weekly hours of the other two to 28. A separate part-time position was also converted to full-time.
The board also approved the purchase of a shelter to be installed at the Bradner Preserve. The structure costs $11,320 and will be installed by park district staff. Previously, there was $24,000 budgeted for the project.
Also approved was an electric project at Beaver Creek Preserve near Grand Rapids at a cost of $2,000.
The board also approved:
•    A brief executive session to discuss land acquisition, with no action following.
•    The use of road funds from the Ohio Department of Transportation for seal-coating at William Henry Harrison Park.
•    A resolution stating the park district will adhere to county standards for mileage reimbursement, which was recently increased to 55.6 cents per mile.

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