REMINDERVILLE – City Council passed legislation Dec. 14 to increase the salaries for several administrators and other employees mostly by 3 percent – effective Dec. 26 – and also approved the 2022 appropriations.
Among the major new salaries are: Police Chief Marco Berqueist, $88,055; Fiscal Officer Deborah Wordell, $58,525; Fire Chief Thomas Plunkett, $49,342 including longevity; Assistant Fire Chief Chad Johns, $40,990 including longevity; and Law Director Angela Lohan, $58,349.
Other staff members having their salaries increased are: Administrative Assistant/Clerk of Council Stacey Task, $47,350, plus an additional $563 per month as community events/seniors coordinator; and Economic Affairs Director Sam Alonso, $17,911 in addition to his $30,000 mayor’s salary; building department clerk Marty Kuboff, $15.91; Reminderville Athletic Club Director Jessica Rockhill, $78,280; RAC lead staffer Debbie Hybill, $14.17 per hour; and other RAC employees, $9.82 to $13.11.
Police department wages are as follows: Administrative assistant, $25.20 per hour; full-time officer on probation, $28.96; part-time officer on probation, $23.59; full-time officer off probation, 10 percent more than full-timer on probation; sergeant, 10 percent more than full-time officer; lieutenant, 10 percent more than sergeant; and captain, 10 percent more than lieutenant.
Rates for other members of the fire department are: captain, $27.91; lieutenant, $25.38; firefighter/paramedic, $23.06; and firefighter/EMT, $19.91.
Total 2022 appropriations for the recently designated city of Reminderville are $6.23 million. The breakdown is as follows: general fund, $2.16 million (including $1.29 million for the police department); special revenue, $4.02 million; debt service, $39,600; and capital projects, $7,270.
Some other major categories under the general fund are: Transportation, $218,633; community planning-zoning, $62,216; mayor, $43,838; legislative activities, $116,530; fiscal office, $91,628; land and buildings, $65,750; solicitor, $69,765; and health district, $44,102.
Among categories under special revenue funds are $1 million for the fire department, $993,988 for parks and recreation, $882,102 for the Joint Economic Development District, $500,000 for roads and bridges and $236,580 from the American Rescue Plan Act.
“The city continues to budget conservatively,” said fiscal officer Deborah Wordell. “We have a $4.2 million carryover into 2022 and are expecting that to rise to $4.3 million into 2023.”
Income tax revenue is expected to close out at $2.9 million in 2021 and $3 million in 2022, while projected JEDD income tax is expected to be $900,000 and $765,000 in those two years respectively.
Council also approved the following items at recent meetings:
Awarded a contract to Tri-Mor Corp. for the Commodore Cove water main replacement project in an amount not to exceed $593,377.
Approved the following holidays for employees in 2022: Jan. 17, Martin Luther King Day; Feb. 21, Presidents Day; April 15, Good Friday; May 30, Memorial Day; June 20, Juneteeth; July 4, Independence Day; Sept. 5, Labor Day; Nov. 11, Veterans Day; Nov. 24-25, Thanksgiving; and Dec. 26, Christmas.
Hired the following as front desk associates at the Reminderville Athletic Club at $9.25 per hour: John Hybil, Hailey Rockhill and Carley Rockhill. They also hired Ian Murray as a part-time firefighter/paramedic at $22.39 per hour.
Appointed Robert Putnam to serve on the finance committee to replace Josephine Smalley.
Approved an agreement with Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc. to provide assistance with processing unemployment claims.
OK’d an agreement with Guide Studio Inc. for rebranding services since the village has now become a city under Ohio law. The contract is worth $25,000.
Approved a proposal with Janssen/Johnson & Johnson under OneOhio’s memorandum of understanding and consistent with the material terms of the July 21 proposed national opioid distributor settlement agreement.
Supported a request from homeowners’ associations for a street dedication study for Glenway and Green’s Pointe drives, Liberty Cove, Morning Dove and Wind Song lanes and Blossom Trail.
Authorized and adopted the capital asset policy and procedure manual to outline the requirements of the city’s financial reporting to comply with state mandates.
Established a “capital fund” for the purpose of saving money for future capital expenditures and a “term benefits fund” for the purpose of saving money for future retirement payouts.
Moved to third reading the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council’s Green Community Choice program for electricity aggregation from January 2023 through 2026. The program would include renewable energy credits for 100 percent of the customer’s energy usage.
The cost would be no higher than 0.425 cents/kwh or about $3.55 per month for the average residential household. Eligible customers could opt-in to the standard NOPEC default product not containing additional RECs at the lower standard program price or choose another NOPEC product offering.
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