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The Suburbanite
  • City, AFSCME raftify new contract

  • In August, members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 2714 rejected a fact-finder’s recommendation regarding the terms of a new contract. The figures were rejected by a single vote. This month, union members approved a contract with city that includes the exact terms previously recommended by the fact-finder.

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  • What didn’t work in August worked in October.
    In August, members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 2714 rejected a fact-finder’s recommendation regarding the terms of a new contract. The figures were rejected by a single vote.
    This month, union members approved a contract with city that includes the exact terms previously recommended by the fact-finder.
    The new contact became official when council passed a resolution Oct. 22 to ratify the three-year pact.
    The new contract is effective immediately, is retroactive to April 16 and expires April 16, 2016. It includes a 2 percent wage increase for each year of the contract and employees agreed to contribute more toward health care costs during each year. They will pay 6 percent for 2013, 8 percent for 2014 and 10 percent for 2015.
    At an Aug. 27 council meeting, Mayor Dick Norton opened the door to continue negotiations with the union. At that meeting, council was set to approve the fact-finder’s figures, but Norton pulled the resolution to do so once the union had rejected the terms.
    AFSCME Local 2714 represents 48 service department and clerical staff employees.
    ROADWAY DISCUSSIONS
    Residents spoke regarding the Tim Drive and Berna Road right-of-way petitions and pending legislation.
    Council member Gerard Neugebauer proposed legislation that would have the city vacate the right-of-way.
    “This solution is kind of a way to get the city out of the ownership of this property,” Neugebauer said. “The city doesn’t appear to have any intention of building a street here. This resolution, that I put forward as a possible solution, is that the city would grant the property to the adjacent property owners complete equity. But it would allow the drive that is there now to be used as it is currently being used.”
    The petitions regarding Tim Drive and Berna Road were submitted by affected residents Sarah Schutte, Robert Schutte, Jr.and Susan Schutte. It requests to narrow the right-of-way 25 feet of the western portion and vacate the other portion of the right-of-way to Robert Schutte, Jr.and Susan Schutte. This would then require a relocation of a driveway by abutting property owners.
    Since this is a petition, the city had to publish a notice of intent regarding the narrowing and abandoning for six weeks before the council could vote on these issues. The notice appears in The Suburbanite and will be advertised until Nov. 10.
    The council will be able to vote on this issue at the next council meeting on Nov. 12.
    SPEEDING CONCERNS
    Resident Stephanie Black addressed council regarding speeding in her neighborhood on Meadow Wood Lane. Black explained that her son’s dog was killed by a speeder. Despite phone calls to the sheriff’s department and speaking with Mayor Dick Norton, she feels the sheriff’s department has not done enough to increase the patrol in her neighborhood.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Not one car has ever stopped and given a ticket,” Black said. “They aren’t going to catch anyone unless they stop and target.”
    Sheriff Deputy Roger Morgan addressed the patrolling issue and stated they are aware of the speeding problem and try to patrol the area as much as they can.
    Council President Dave France recommended Black contact the sheriff’s department within the next two weeks if she does not see the speeding issue being addressed.
    In other business Oct. 22, council:
    • Approved the site plan for the Summa Green medical office building that will be located on Franks Parkway at the Heritage Crossings on Massillon Road. The 21,182 square foot one story office building will be attached to the existing Emergency Department. Council approved the site plan on the second reading so construction can begin before the weather turns.
    • Approved a resolution establishing a street lighting district for CVS Drive. CVS Drive will be a new road located behind the CVS at 3761 Massillon Road. A public hearing was held regarding the street lighting district on Oct. 8 at the council meeting, no one from the public spoke at the public hearing.
    • Heard a presentation from Yolanda Walker Executive Director from Summit County’s ReWorks. Walker gave a presentation explaining their commercial paper recycling program, the plastic bottles and cans recycling program and the food scrap recovery and composting program. Walker explained that every five years, the program needs reviewed and the plan will be put into legislation that will come before council in mid Nov. 2013.
    • Learned that a public meeting has been set for 8 p.m. Nov. 6 to examine changes to the Metro RTA routes that will take affect in Jan. 2014.  The meeting is at the  Central Administration Building and will address the routes for Green 18, 110, 111 and the grocery bus program.
    Council’s next meeting is at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Central Administration Building at 1755 Town Park Blvd