Commissioners approve FOP agreement for sheriff’s office; set date for 2013 budget hearing
By Randa Wagner -
Morrow County Commissioners have set their date for a public hearing on Feb. 13, 2013 at 11 a.m. for the purpose of County Budget Appropriations for 2013. The residents of Morrow County are invited to attend the hearing and/or provide written or oral comments or questions concerning the entire budget for 2013. The hearing will take place in the Morrow County Commissioners’ Office, 80 North Walnut Street, Mt. Gilead.
A labor agreement between the Morrow County Sheriff and the Fraternal Order of Police/Ohio Labor Council was reached, and commissioners approved and ratified the contract at their Jan. 23 meeting. A 2% wage increase was agreed on.
This wage increase settles the wage reopener identified in Section 36.1 (D) for the third year of the current agreement. Employees will normally be hired at Step A of the wage scale. Employees will advance to the next step of the wage scale the first full pay after their anniversary date each year until they reach Step E of the scale. All employees must work a year in the new step of the wage scale before advancing to the next step. Employees who receive a promotion will advance to the new range, in the step which allows increase.
Each full-time bargaining unit employee shall receive longevity pay added to their base rate of pay upon the completion of the required years of employment with the Morrow County Sheriff’s office as follows:
After six years’ service $0.25 per hour
After twelve years’ service $0.50 per hour
After eighteen years’ service $0.75 per hour
After twenty-three years’ service $1.00 per hour
Detectives will receive $0.75 per hour for all hours worked to compensate for changing schedules and callouts.
Commissioner Tom Harden explained that three years ago, the commissioners signed an agreement with the union to allow for a 2 1/2% pay raise the first year; the second year there was no pay rise, and this year they agreed to renegotiate wages and agreed to the 2% pay raise (totalliing 4 1/2% over 3 years). A new contract will be negotiated next year.
“From our standpoint, we’re going to do what we can to fund and support our safety services,” Commssioners Tom Whiston said. “That, to me, is one of the integral purposes we have as county commissioners.”
Harden noted a cost analysis was done on seven counties similar to Morrow County in size and Morrow County ranked in the bottom of that group for law enforcement pay schedule.
“Many of the offices in the courthouse have received 4 1/2% increases, and I’d hate to send the message that we think less of our law enforcement people than we do our public employees,” said Commissioner Dick Miller. He said Morrow County is the fourth lowest paid sheriff’s department in the state.
In other business the commissioners:
- Authorized the filing of proposals with the Ohio Department of Transportation by Morrow County Transportation Collaborative. The proposal is for grants through the US DOT Federal Transit Administration (FTA), as authorized under Federal Transit laws, as codified, 49 USC Section 5310, Elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities, Ohio’s specialized transportation program and executing a contract with the Ohio Department of Transportation upon project approval.
Tim Maceyko, Morrow County Transportation Collaborative Mobility Manager, is authorized on behalf of the collaborative to file proposals to aid in the financing of capital assistance projects; grant agreements with the Ohio Department of Transportation for aid in the financing of capital assistance projects; an assurance or any other document required by the U.S. Department of Transportation effectuating the purposes of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; set forth affirmative disadvantage business policies in connection to any procurement made as part of the project; to furnish such additional information as the Ohio Department of Transportation may require in connection with the proposal for the program of projects submitted to the Federal Transit Administration
- Bond was approved for Matthew Hintz, M. D., Morrow County Coroner, in the amount of $5,000.00 with Western Surety Company. Term beginning January 7, 2013 and ends the first Monday in January 2017.
- Accepted a proposal from Julian & Grube, Inc. to prepare a gaap (Generally Accepted Accounting Practices) basis financial statement for year 2012. The county is required to file its GAAP basis annual financial report by May 31, 2013; and commissioners approved a three-year engagement for $15,500.00 to be billed one-third of the appropriate amount on January 15, March 15, and upon report completion each year. Julian & Grube has been serving the county in this capacity for several years.
The commissioners approved passing the 2013 Budget Appropriations, for all funds outside the general fund only. The general fund appropriations will be finalized before April 1, 2013. These are funds obtained from grants, federal and state monies and funding sources apart from the county’s general budget.