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Local news briefs — Oct. 24

GREEN

Contract approved

GREEN: The city and the 48-member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2714 have agreed to a compromise settlement on wages and health-care costs after several months of negotiations.

City Council President Dave France, chair of the Rules and Personnel Committee, said Tuesday that both sides have agreed to a 2 percent pay increase in each year of the three-year pact. Employee co-payments for health-care benefits will increase from the current 5 percent to 10 percent in the last year of the contract.

The council voted unanimously to accept the package, which is retroactive to mid-April, when the previous contract expired.

The union sought 3 percent raises each year and health-care co-payments reaching 10 percent in year three. The city offered 1.5 percent raises each year and insurance co-payments starting at 10 percent and rising to 12.5 percent and 15 percent over the life of the agreement.

For details on other action taken at the council meeting, go to http://Green.Ohio.com.

MEDINA SCHOOLS

Special meeting

MEDINA: The Medina Board of Education has called a special meeting for 6 tonight in the Distance Learning Lab at the high school, 777 E. Union St.

Among the agenda items are a discussion of pending litigation and the superintendent’s position.

NORTON

Hearing scheduled

NORTON: The Summit County Board of Elections board voted Tuesday to hold a hearing on allegations that the former Norton School Levy Committee treasurer lent committee funds to herself.

Investigations by the elections board’s campaign finance staff and Lisa Stemple, the new Norton School Levy Committee treasurer, found that former treasurer Heather Richmond made 11 loans to herself from the campaign fund between June 2010 and February 2013, totaling about $2,700.

Loans ranged from $10 to $640.

Richmond made seven payments to the committee fund, restoring all but about $111, which included $33 in bank overdraft fees, according to board records.

Stemple said in a letter to the board that she spoke with Richmond, who said “it is possible” she made the loans to herself.

Board employees said Stemple, who is a certified public accountant, has filed the required documentation and brought the levy committee into compliance with campaign finance requirements.

Richmond could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. Dec. 9. Afterward, the board will forward its findings to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and Summit County prosecutor for consideration of possible charges.

PORTAGE COUNTY

Director to speak

Tom Zawistowski, executive director of the Portage County TEA Party, will be the keynote speaker at the Ohio Constitution Party’s state meeting Saturday.

“In light of recent events in Columbus and Washington, D.C., I think it is appropriate that I would have the opportunity to address a group of hard-working, dedicated Ohioans who are trying to create an alternative to the current failed and flawed two-party system, something that national polls have recently shown Americans are hungry to see,” Zawistowski said in a news release.

A recent Gallup poll showed 60 percent of Americans think the Democratic and Republican parties do a poor job of representing the American people and that a third major party is needed.

The Constitution meeting will be in Newark. More information about the meeting is available on the party’s website.

STARK COUNTY

Health-care talk

CANTON: Coming Together Stark County will host a town hall meeting on the Affordable Care Act at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Goodwill Community Campus, 408 Ninth St. SW, Canton.

The discussion is free to the public

Burial policy OK’d

PLAIN TWP.: Township trustees approved an indigent burial policy at their meeting Tuesday evening.

The township will pay up to $500 for cremation or burial for eligible township residents.

Trustees also said temporary “No Parking” signs will be placed along streets around Fawcett Stadium for the McKinley-Massillon football game Nov. 2 and for Ohio High School Athletic Association events Dec. 5-9.

Shale drilling lab

JACKSON TWP.: Stark State College trustees have approved plans for a new $1.3 million shale drilling training lab to train oil and natural gas workers.

The indoor-outdoor facility at Third Street and Cherry Avenue Southeast in downtown Canton is expected to be ready by next fall, college President Para M. Jones said.

“This lab will provide students with hands-on learning experiences, much like those they would experience in the field or on oil rigs,” she said.

The parcel was purchased in June for $179,900 and is within one block of the planned Stark State Downtown Canton Satellite Center and Energy Institute that is scheduled to open in January 2015 at 400 Third St. SE.

The college will build a 7,000-square-foot facility for the ShaleNET training.

Contracts approved

CANTON: No across-the-board raises are included in two three-year contracts Stark County commissioners approved Wednesday for uniformed supervisors in the sheriff’s office.

Pay increases would be automatic, however, if deputies receive them in a contract currently under negotiation. Ranking officers’ pay is based on that of the deputies.

The Fraternal Order of Police represents the captains, lieutenants and sergeants covered by the two collective bargaining agreements.

Beginning this month, their contribution to medical insurance costs will rise from 4 percent of the premium to 10 percent.

Longevity pay given after four years of service increased from 4 percent to 6.5 percent for sergeants in their contract and from 3 percent to 4 percent for captains and lieutenants under their contract.

Both contracts run through Sept. 30, 2016.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Literacy fundraiser

AKRON: Jim Tressel will speak at Night of Illumination, a Project Learn event, at 6:30 tonight at InfoCision Stadium, 427 Nash St.

Doors open at 5 p.m. with a cocktail hour. Dinner will begin at 6, followed by remarks by Tressel and a silent auction.

VIP guests are invited to private a meet-and-greet reception with Tressel from 5 to 5:45 p.m. and will receive an auto­graphed copy of his book The Winner’s Manual.

Tickets are $75 for general admission and $120 for VIPs.

To purchase tickets visit https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/projectlearn/.

Proceeds will benefit Project Learn of Summit County’s mission of improving adult literacy.

Road to close

AKRON: Revere Road will be closed between Everett and Ira roads in Bath Township for five days starting Monday for repairs to a culvert, the Summit County Engineer’s Office said Wednesday.

Vandalism charged

TWINSBURG: Twinsburg police arrested two city men following a rash of graffiti-related vandalism this month.

Samuel R. Cardillo, 20, of East Aurora Road, and Wayne A. Grant Jr., 20, of Laurel Drive, were both charged with one count of vandalism.

The case stems from the Oct. 7 discovery of graffiti spray-painted on the city’s water park, the restrooms at Chamberlin Park, and at Chamberlin Middle School, Twinsburg High School and Birchwood Park.

Damage was estimated at more than $1,000.

Authorities said a sign for Canyon Falls also was vandalized near Interstate 480. A damage estimate was pending.

An anonymous tip along with evidence collected led to the arrests, police said.

TALLMADGE

Book sale at library

TALLMADGE: Friends of the Tallmadge Library will launch its semiannual book sale with a friends’ preview from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at the library, 90 Community Drive.

The public sale will be 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 1 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2.

Proceeds will benefit special programs at the library and help fund a college scholarship for a graduating high school senior.

For more information, call 330-633-4345.



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