NORTH PERRY – Council suspended readings and passed a resolution which would allow it to change the positions of fiscal officer and parks director from full-time to part-time positions at the March 2 council meeting.
The resolution authorizes an agreement with the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) for an early retirement incentive plan.
Councilmember Mike Cutler said discussions about the positions of parks director and fiscal officer and the need to have them be part-time, rather than full-time, have been ongoing.
“The biggest hang-up between all that was, the two people running these positions, and their requirements for retirement …” he said.
There was also a question of when to make the positions part time—before or after they qualified for retirement.
In the proposed agreement, the Village could purchase retirement time to allow the employees to retire. The process would end up saving the Village money as the positions then became part-time.
The proposed resolution needs to be passed that night to allow the Village to proceed, determine what the costs would be, and switch the positions to part-time effective June 1.
Cutler said the move would benefit the Village and also treat the employees in those positions—Fiscal Officer Lynn Kary and Parks Director Jo Bailey—fairly since they were both long-term and had done “fantastic jobs.”
Two other long-term, full-time employees, Zoning Inspector Dwayne Bailey and secretary Debbie DePledge, left the employ of the Village last year.
In other business:
• Councilmember Larry Reichard reported on the Lake County Development Council’s Legislative Breakfast and Economic Forum held Feb. 27.
“Jerry Cirino is a new Lake County commissioner and you want to keep an eye on him,” Reichard said. “He made an excellent presentation. His big thing is security and safety in Lake County. He stated that criminal cases are up; there are new drugs on the street.”
The commissioner is also concerned about senior programs and care, he added.
Reichard stated the state is once again seeking to collect all municipal income taxes and he urged councilmembers to call the state legislators to express their opposition.
• Kathy Smith, representative to the Perry Area Joint Recreation Board, stated that, at the Feb. 27 meeting, the Senior Center director reported the office restructuring was done. The final cost was about $9,783.57. They spent $2,800, of which $600 was raised by the seniors, for an enclosure in the garage shed.
The Perry Senior Center Annual Spaghetti Dinner will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 28. Tickets are $10 with children under age 10 just $5. There will be door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and reverse raffle boards.
Perry Rec is asking residents to donate sports equipment to be passed along to families who cannot afford them.
The Rec Board will have a work session at 5 p.m. at Township Hall April 10. The next Rec Board meeting will be May 8 at 5 p.m.
• Mayor Ed Klco reported he signed the contract with Time-Warner earlier that day. The new contract should decrease by about $16,000.
Dredging is proceeding in the harbor. It will cost about $10,000.
Three small parcels of property the Village wishes to sell, which are not buildable, have been listed as being available for bids in The Lake County Tribune. Advertising must be done for five weeks. Bids must be in by April 1 when they will be opened and presented to Council.
“Every bid can be accepted or rejected,” Klco said.
• Police Chief Ron Radovanic stated he was still short patrol officers since one was still out, one was just injured, one was having surgery and a fourth was leaving for a full-time job.
• Parks Director Jo Bailey said the village Easter Egg Hunt will be April 8 at 11 a.m.
• Road Commissioner Steve Sabol said he had quotes for a new dump truck from Classic in Mentor and Madison. He is still seeking other quotes.
• Council passed, on third reading, an ordinance adopting permanent appropriations for the year 2017.
• Second reading was held on a resolution to encumber $10,000 for Perry Area Joint Recreation District (including $5,000 for the Senior Center).
• Second reading was held on a resolution authorizing the appointment of Joseph M. Gurley as solicitor.
• First reading was held on a resolution to purchase a dump truck.
• A public hearing was held on the approval of a renewal application for placement of farmland in an agricultural district for Gertrude Losely.
There were no comments.
When the resolution was presented, it was passed.
• Council adjourned to executive session to discuss pending litigation and personnel.