Lawrence Township trustees
KEY ACTION Agreed to place a police levy on the May 7 ballot.
DISCUSSION After voters defeated a 2-mill continuing police levy and a five-year, one-mill general operating levy in November, trustees regrouped and agreed to ask voters to approve a five-year 1.25-mill additional police levy this spring. If approved, the levy will raise $175,550 a year in additional revenue for police department operations including equipment purchases and maintenance and salaries. The owner of a $100,000 home would pay about $38 per year more in taxes.
• Agreed to set a meeting with Canal Fulton City Council so trustees could hear comments by all council members on the proposed “living together” agreement for both city and township firefighters and emergency medical personnel. To date, trustees have been working with a few representatives of City Council and the administration. Under the agreement, all fire and medical emergency calls in the city and the township’s northern section would be answered from the Canal Fulton fire station on Locust Street. The North Lawrence Fire Department would continue to respond to calls in the southern portion of the township.
•Approved a proposed contract with the Fraternal Order of Police retroactive to Jan. 1.
• Agreed to no longer pick up the employee contribution to the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) for most township employees. Those employees will receive a 10-percent increase in wages to cover the additional amount of the OPERS contribution they now will have to pay. The trustees and the finance director as well as fire department personnel are not included. The trustees and finance director pay the full contribution to OPERS and the fire department personnel contribute to Social Security.
UP NEXT Meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the township administration building.