Norton Board Approves New Finance Department Position

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NORTON – Norton City Council approved the creation of the post of Deputy Director of Finance after changing the former position of Deputy Director of Finance at its June 14 meeting.
City Councilor Charlotte Whipkey (in general) voted against the ordinance, which included the job description, job duties and a salary of $ 65,000 per year.
Vice-Chairman Scott Pelot (in general) said the post of deputy chief financial officer had not been filled for years.
CFO Pamela Keener added that whoever would be hired for this position would be trained to do payroll.
The board also voted 6-1 to create the human resources specialist position, with Whipkey voting against the legislation.
According to the ordinance, the position will pay $ 20 an hour for applicants with a bachelor’s degree and $ 25 for applicants with a master’s degree.
City officials said postponing a vote on the ordinance would result in non-payment of employees, which Keener explained due to the accounts clerk leaving to take a job with schools in the city of Norton.
In other business, Mayor Mike Zita announced that Keller Williams Realty Inc. has moved into Greenridge Plaza, located at 3725 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, and a groundbreaking ceremony was held on June 11.
Zita also said that 81 students entering first grade graduated from Norton Safety Town on June 11 and that a session for new kindergarten students would be offered the week of August 9.
Also during the meeting, the Council approved the following legislative points:
• the creation of the Local Fiscal Recovery Fund to receive funds from the American Rescue Plan;
• an agreement with the Southwest Summit Council of Governments (SWSCOG), the town of Barberton and the township of Copley for the lease-purchase of information technology equipment and an agreement with Dell Financial Services for the purchase of information technology equipment. equipment at a price not exceeding $ 196,690;
• an agreement with APP Architecture Inc. for the Norton Police Department design project in an amount not to exceed $ 18,950;
• amending section 848.15 and repealing section 848.14 of the city’s codified ordinances, which reduces the required distance from wells and storage tanks of any building for human occupation from 300 feet to 100 feet, with Whipkey voting against; and
• Establish a levy charge of $ 950 (up to 400 gallons or less per day) for the Clark Mill sanitary sewer extension, with Councilor Dan Karant (Ward 3) voting against.
At a special meeting on June 7, the Board also approved the following:
√ $ 390,000 bids from Chagrin Valley Paving Inc. for the Norton Avenue resurfacing project and $ 75,000 from Kenmore Construction Co. for the emergency repair of the storm sewers on Gardner Boulevard;
√ Agreements with DLZ Ohio Inc. for engineering services related to the Norton Avenue project in an amount not exceeding $ 38,232 and Engineering Associates Inc. for engineering services related to pipeline improvements. water on Johnson Road in an amount not exceeding $ 74,000; and
√ a change order with Lockhart Construction Co. for the improvement of the water pipe in an amount not to exceed $ 41,153.
The board will then meet for a working session on June 21 and a regular meeting on June 28, both at 7 p.m. in the boardroom of the Security Administration Building, located at 4060 Columbia Woods Drive.

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