KEY ACTION Revised the county’s unused sick-leave policy to reflect state law.
DISCUSSION The policy, effective immediately, requires employees who have worked in public service for at least 10 years to decide at the time they retire or quit whether they want to be paid for the sick time they have accumulated but never used.
Currently, county employees could defer the decision for up to 10 years. Some employees choose to bank their sick time and not seek an immediate payout because they may pursue another job in the public sector. Employees with 10 years’ public-service experience are paid one-fourth the value of unused sick leave, up to 240 hours. Elected officials do not accrue sick leave.
The revised policy affects every county department, commission or board that receives at least half of its funding from the taxpayer-supported general fund as well as those departments under the commissioners’ authority. Offices not covered by the policy include the engineer, Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities and the Stark County Department of Job and Family Services. Employees covered by union contracts that include language about sick-leave payments also would not be affected by the revision unless the new provision is negotiated into their contract.
n Hired Osborn Engineering of Cleveland for up to $172,420 to design the new bridge for Baum Street SE in Canton Township. The existing bridge, which spans the Nimishillen Creek, was built in 1957. Funding will come from the county engineer’s office.
n Hired Hilscher-Clarke Electric of Canton for $11,870 to furnish and install 70 light fixtures and a ceiling fan as well as retrofit three existing ceiling-light fixtures at the county data center building. Funding for the project comes from a federal Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant.
UP NEXT Meets at 10 a.m. Monday for a work session on the second floor of the Stark County Office Building at 110 Central Plaza S in Canton.