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Lake Twp. to hire cemetery help PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 06 July 2013 07:31
MILLBURY – Some more help for the Lake Township Cemetery maintenance has been resurrected.
At Tuesday’s meeting, after an executive session, the trustees voted to hire a part-time seasonal worker for $10 an hour to help at the cemetery. The worker will be employed through October and work about 30 hours a week.
A resident complained about the weeds and upkeep at the cemetery at a June meeting.
The cemetery has had its budget slashed from about $200,000 annually to $165,000 due to decreases in burials and increases in cremations. At one time the cemetery had five part-time worker to trim, mow and keep up the 40 acres. Now there is the full-time sexton and one worker.
In other business, Fiscal Officer Vicki Schwamberger gave an update on the state budget. She said the local government fund, which provides money to Ohio municipalities, has been frozen.
“They’re not going to take anything more, but we’re not going to get anything back,” Schwamberger said.
Over the last two years, the township’s local government fund has been reduced by half.
Trustee Chairwoman Melanie Bowen noted that the state has a surplus. She also said Lake is second largest township in the county, with a $6 million budget.
“At least that’s good news, they’re not going to take anything more,” Bowen said.
Also at the meeting, the trustees:
•    Renewed the township insurance policy with Hylant Administrative Services for one year for $86,490. Last year’s cost was $81,000, but Bowen said several items were added this year, including a gazebo and police radios.
•    Approved a one-year contract with Emergency Communications Network LLC, Ormond Beach, Fla., for $6,273. The company provides “Code Red” telephone emergency and weather warnings to the township. Residents must register for the weather alert service online, at www.laketwp.com.
•    Approved spending $850 to get the software for the “I am responding system,” used by firefighters. The subscription is through Emergency Service Marketing Corp., Dewitt, N.Y.
•    Heard the owners of a Mabel Street property that has been the subject of several complaints about weeds and unused vehicles parked there, are starting to clean it up. Trustee Richard Welling said they were apologetic and were making progress.
•    Went into an executive session to discuss the solicitor vacancy. Police Chief Mark Hummer, who is also the township administrator, was appointed to the Joint Economic Development District board. Solicitor Tom Hays had held that seat. He resigned earlier this year.

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