NEWTON TOWNSHIP MINUTES 12-13-2017
Newton Township Trustees met in regular session on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017. Those in attendance were John Phillips and Jon Stottsberry, Township residents; Larry Taylor, Road Maintenance Supervisor for the Township; Assistant Chief & EMS Coordinator Craig Knox of the Fire Department; James R. Smith and Robert Stephenson, Charles R. Elson, Township Trustees and Derek Dozer, Fiscal Officer.
Meeting was called to order by Trustee Smith at 6:01pm.
Pledge to the flag was led by James R. Smith.
Minutes were approved as presented.
Fire Department Business:
New Medic is delayed. Pick-up on Dec 22nd.
Christmas dinner is on Dec 18th at 6pm.
Awards dinner will be on December 20th at EagleSticks.
FF1 Class is wrapping up.
New boiler has been installed.
Road Report – Larry Taylor
Everything is ready for winter.
Plows, spreader boxes are good and ready.
Plenty of salt for the next few weeks.
Old Business - None.
New Business - None.
Fiscal Officer Reports
FO Dozer requested to attend the 2018 Township Winter Conference and all 3 Trustees approved.
Payment registers, appropriations, fund status reports, grass roots clippings received.
All bills presented were deemed to be valid expenditures and were to be paid as presented.
Closing books and Organizing for 2018 meeting will take place on December 26th at 6pm at the FD.
Next regular meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 at 6:00pm at the Fire Department.
Meeting adjourned at 6:45pm
NEWTON TOWNSHIP MINUTES – 12-26-2017
Newton Township Trustees met to close out business for the year 2017, close the books for same, and organize for 2018. Those in attendance were; Charles R. Elson, James R. Smith, and Bob Stephenson, Township Trustees; Craig Knox, Assistant Chief and EMS Coordinator for Fire Department; Derek J. Dozer, Township Fiscal Officer.
Meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by chairperson, Smith.
There was no public participation or other business to open.
Fiscal Officer noted the following items needed updated / closed for the year:
*O.T.A. Conference is scheduled for 2018. Dozer is scheduled to attend and all elected officials are encouraged to attend. Reservations need to be made soon for the conference and housing.
*Trustees to represent the township at JEDD meetings; Randy Elson and Bob Stephenson agreed to continue in this position.
*Trustee to chair the township meetings for the year 2018 was agreed to be covered by Trustee Stephenson.
*Trustee Stephenson moved maximum amount of any super-blanket certificate to be opened by the officer shall not exceed $10,000.00. This motion was seconded by Trustee Smith.
*It was moved by Trustee Stephenson to pay the Fiscal Officer based on average amount of work done and percentage of budget within each fund. The current percentage taken from each fund will be Fire 2281 – 40%, Road 2031 – 30%, General – 30%. The Trustees will continue to be paid from the Road & Bridge and General Funds and will continue to track their hours and turning them in as needed to verify Road/Bridge applicability. We will pay all full time road employees from the Road and Bridge Fund. Part time road employees if needed will be paid from the Gasoline and/or Road and Bridge Funds. This motion was seconded by Elson.
Budgets were submitted for Fire and EMS for 2018 by Assistant Chief Craig Knox.
*The following wages were discussed and raises were made accordingly;
Larry Taylor currently is making $17.25 / hour, and will continue to make $17.25 / hour in 2018.
Jason Taylor currently is making $16.50 /hour, he will make $17.00 / hour in 2018.
Diana Latier; fire department custodian is currently receiving $475.00 per month with a cap of 30 hours / month unless otherwise approved. Latier will make $475.00 per month in 2018. Latier is expected to work a minimum of 6 hours each given week, unless extenuating circumstances prohibit it.
Jeff Swingle; part-time Road Maintenance will be paid $14.00 /hour in 2018.
Travis Lyon will continue to be employed to mow the cemeteries. Travis will be paid $13.25 per hour in 2018. The Township will continue to pay the Kimpel family $300 per year to maintain Goshen cemetery.
Allen Deaver; Fire Chief receives $850.00 a month, Deaver will receive $850 per month in 2018.
Craig Knox; EMS coordinator receives $650.00 per month currently. Knox will receive $800 per month in 2018.
FF wages are currently at : FF = $10.00, 12.00 for EMT and $14.00 for Medic. The new wages for 2018 will be: FF = $11.00, EMT = 13.00, Medic = $15.00
Motion was made by Smith to accept all the above, second by Stephenson. All three Trustees agreed.
*All elected officials will continue to receive a $70.00 cell phone allowance per month (effective 1/1/2016); moved by Trustee Stephenson, seconded by Trustee Elson. All 3 agreed.
*A resolution 1-12-26-2018 was presented for health coverage for road employees & elected officials. This was accepted and signed by Smith, Elson and Stephenson.
*All township meetings will continue to be held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month with the following dates put in place. January 10; February 14; March 14; April 11; May 09, June 13, July 11, Aug 08, Sept 12, Oct 10, Nov 14 and Dec 12, 2018, with closing of the books to occur on Thursday, Dec 27, 2018. All meetings will begin at 6:00 pm in the township meeting room. Any variance from this will be posted on the “Marquee” in front of the fire department, on the front door, on the Township’s website, and/or will be noted in the local newspaper.
All books were noted to be in order and will be closed.
The next regular meeting of the board will be held on January 10, 2018 in the township meeting room at 6pm the fire department.
Meeting adjourned at 6:45 pm.
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