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No raises for county park employees (6-12-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 11:27
PEMBERVILLE - The Wood County Park District is not planning on any salary increases in its 2014 budget.
The board discussed next year's statutory budget at Tuesday's meeting, held at William Henry Harrison Park.
The statutory budget is preliminary and reflects projected appropriations from departments within the Park District.
Director Neil Munger indicated that there were no planned salary increases for next year and, further, that due to the replacement of a ranger who resigned this year, salary appropriations would likely drop approximately $1,100.
The statutory budget anticipates just under $3.3 million in expenditures next year, with an unencumbered balance of about $3.7 million left over. It is nearly $365,000 smaller than the 2013 budget.
The document, said Munger, does not yet reflect actual figures for capital improvement spending, and actions to be taken as a part of the Park District's forthcoming strategic plan.
On that subject, Munger indicated that they do plan to introduce new informational signage in the parks, based on repeated suggestions coming out of town hall meetings held recently to inform strategic planning.
The board also approved expenditures not to exceed $77,700 for a series of projects at the Carter Historic Farm, located at 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green. The park is meant to reflect and interpret life on a Depression-era farm in Wood County.
The projects - the bids for which have yet to be awarded - would include the removal of asbestos siding at the farmhouse on the property, installation of replacement siding, and the reconstruction of a period corn barn. The board examined building plans for the barn at the meeting.
Member John Calderonello asked Munger if "the resources put into (the Carter Farm are) worth the gains down the road?"
"Years ago we made the long-term commitment to do this," said Munger.
The site is located just down the road from the Zimmerman School. There are plans to move to school building onto the Carter Farm campus in the future.
In other business, the board:
•    Agreed to renew their membership in an Ohio public entities insurance pool for a cost of $66,471. The membership includes more than $2 million in liability coverage for the Park District.
•    Approved the $2,995 purchase of a rototiller for the stewardship department. Munger explained that the expenditure was not budgeted, but that sufficient funds were left over from another equipment purchase to cover the cost.
•    Heard that an air conditioning installation project at Otsego Park's Thompson Stone Hall is expected to be completed by mid-September.
Park Board Chair Bob Callecod and member Bob Hawker were absent from the meeting.

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