Summit County Council approved a 1.5 percent salary increase for some nonunion employees.

The raises cover employees in the executive’s office, fiscal office, prosecutor’s office, sheriff’s office, clerk of courts’ office, engineer’s office, Internal Audit Department and the Human Resource Commission.

Brian Nelsen, the director of finance and budget for the county, said the increase would affect 616 nonbargaining employees at a cost of nearly $552,000 annually.

A total of $208,000 will come from the general fund for 233 employees. Other funding sources will come from the Public Assistance Fund, Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax, Real Estate Assessment Fund, the Child Support Enforcement Division and from Environmental Services.

“This legislation addresses only the charter office nonunion employees and provides wage equity with the fact-finders’ recommendation for the FOP,” he said. “Nonunion employees are at the discretion of their office holder, or in the case of charter offices, County Council and County Executive Russ Pry.”

The raises will be retroactive to April 1.

The chief of staff for the county executive, Jason Dodson, said the action is consistent with past practice of the county. He said it’s the county executive’s policy to give the same raises to nonbargaining, classified and unclassified employees as union employees.

The raises follow a recent fact-finding report recommending similar pay increases for deputies in the sheriff’s office. Pay raises of 1.5 percent were granted to the 282 members of the Fraternal Order of Police, Ohio Labor Council Inc. without County Council’s approval. Council did not vote it down, but took no action. When no action is taken on a fact-finder’s finding the recommendation automatically goes into place. Nelsen said those raises will cost the county $264,902 this year. Those raises were retroactive to Jan. 1.

County Council also approved:

•Changing the speed limit on Glenmount Avenue from Waterloo Road South to Swartz Road to 35 mph. The city of Akron and Summit County had conflicting speed limits. One area will remain at 25 mph according to City of Akron Traffic Engineer Dave Gasper, who said North of Waterloo Road, which is mostly residential, will keep the posted speed limit of 25 mph.

•Accepting a drug law enforcement fund grant of $250,000 with a local cash match requirement of $83,000. The grant is from the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Office of Criminal Justice Services. It will help pay for salaries, equipment, software and rent for the Summit County Drug Unit.

•Authorizing a three-year bank card merchant agreement with Fifth Third Bank to accept credit and debit cards to make child support payments. The amount of each transaction will not exceed 2.75 percent. The initial cost of $100 is needed for the equipment to accept credit and debit cards.

•Adopting legislation to amend the director of victim services position with the county from a classified to an unclassified position. The salary for the position, $52,208, will remain the same. The position has been vacant for less than a month. The job is a director-level position helping with policy and decisions. The director of victim services will report to the prosecutor, who requested the change to keep it in line with the job responsibilities.

•Appropriating $12,400 to assist low-income electric customers. The Fuel Fund Grant Program is channelled through the Summit County Community and Economic Development Department. It assists customers with their delinquent electric bills, up to $300, to bring them current.

Marilyn Miller can be reached at 330-996-3098 or mmiller@thebeaconjournal.com.