LAKEMORE Village Council took the final step in re-establishing the Lakemore Police Department by approving the positions and hires of several department employees during May 15 meeting.
- Creating the position and compensation for a full time police sergeant, at the salary of $52,000.
- Creating the position and compensation for a part-time police patrolman at the rate of $15 an hour.
- Establishing the compensation for a full time police administrative assistant at the rate of $14 an hour.
- An ordinance appointing Police Chief Ken Ray and to create compensation at the amount of $55,000.
- Creating the position for a commissioned, unpaid, reserve police officer.
- Creating the position for full time patrolman at a salary of $43,680 a year.
- Hiring John Smith as a full-time sergeant; Dawson Wise as a full-time sergeant; Gwen Erskine as a full-time administrative assistant, and John Brady, Russell Dean and Anthony Moela as a part time patrolmen.
Mayor Rick Justice it has taken a lot of work to re-establish the police department, which was dissolved in 2009 as Lakemore was entering fiscal emergency. The village was released from fiscal emergency in November.
"As far as we are concern, it was well worth it," Justice said. "The officers that Chief Ken Ray has interviewed puts together a quality core of people with a lot of experience, not only policing, but experience with our community as well. We are off to a good start."
Income tax measure
Council members held the first read of an ordinance to place a 0.25 percent income tax increase on the Nov. 7 ballot. Residents voted against the increase during the May 2 primary. If passed, the collection of the increased taxes would begin Jan. 1, 2018. The funds generated from the increase would be used for village roads. The final reading will be June 19.
In other business, council:
- Approved a resolution authorizing advertisement for bids for the sale and subsequent sale of property owned by the village .
- Approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to accept the proposal from Play and Park Structures to purchase playground equipment. The cost fot the equipment and freight will be $33,168.
- Approved a resolution authorizing the mayor and fiscal officer to enter into an agreement with Dinsmore and Shohl for bond counsel services for the proposed ambulance financing with the U.S.D.A. An all-in quote for fees and expenses should not exceed $950 for a $25,000, 10-year bond issue.
In other news:
- First read was done on an ordinance to amend pay rates for Lakemore Fire Department personnel. Those with firefighter/paramedic level training will be compensated at an hourly rate of $14.50 and personnel with the rank of lieutenant and have paramedic training will be compensated at an hourly rate of $14.75. All personnel with a rank of captain and have paramedic level training will receive an hourly rate of $15.
- First read was done on a resolution authorizing the mayor and fiscal officer to enter into an agreement with Republic Waste services to renew the contract for refuse removal services. The contract prices will start August 2017 and will be $13.01 per customer. The cost will increase annually at approximately by 40 cents, ending at $14.64 on June 30, 2022.
- Held a second read on a memorandum of understanding for job creation and tax revenue share with Summit County.
- Justice reported an excavator was at 1535 Raymond Ave. ready to take down the home on the property. Two years ago council passed a land utilization ordinance.
"We were able to acquire the property because of that," Jusitce said. "It went through a sheriff's sale with no sales, and that allowed us to take procession of it. It is coming down (May 16) and it will be a big improvement to the village," he said.
It is the 19th house the village has demolished.
- The Memorial Day parade at 1 p.m. at the Lakemore Plaza on May 29. The firemen's pancake breakfast will be held in the morning before the parade.
- Councilman Rich Cole ask for residents to continue donating cardboard and paper to the bins across from Lakemore United Methodist Church as all proceeds go to the Lakemore Food Bank.
A special council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. May 30 and the next regular council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. June 5 at the Municipal Building, where a police department reception will be held.