Green Springs increases police pay

GREEN SPRINGS – Green Springs Village Council members took steps to make their police officers feel more appreciated at their Monday meeting.

Police Chief Charlie Horne asked for an increase of $1 in the per-hour base pay rate for officers, since their pay hasn’t been changed for several years. Horne said the change would cost the village $4,000-$6,000 each year, depending on how many hours officers work.

Councilman Dan Shafer suggested a smaller raise for beginning officers, with another raise awarded after each officer has completed a probationary period.

Council then heard the first reading of an ordinance setting the new base pay rates for police officers in the village. Part-time officers will start at $9.50 per hour and will receive $10.50 per hour after the probationary period is complete. Full-time officers will start at $11.50 and receive $12.50 per hour after the probationary period.

Village Administrator John Miller thanked residents for helping him to find water problems in the village due to the spring thaw. He said several residents have seen clean water running in the streets and have reported it to him. He also said families need to remove winter decorations from the cemetery, as his employees will prepare for mowing season.

Miller said the autocon controller at the water tower needs to be replaced because it is obsolete and parts are no longer are available. Miller said he obtained a quote of $19,894 from Bergren Associates for a new system.

The system would allow Miller to monitor the water and sewer systems from home and also would be remotely monitored by Clyde. Council approved the purchase.

Fiscal Officer Amanda Salinas presented the 2015 budget. Council members decided to move $6,000 from the Sidewalk Fund and $5,000 from a general line item to fund this year’s fireworks show. Many members did not feel the village should fully fund the show, but they agreed that it is too late to fund raise.

Money also was moved from the General Fund to the Police Fund to pay for the pay increase. The budget with approved after those changes.

Councilman Tyler Kimmet said Melrose Pyrotechnics may not be able to provide a crew to set off the fireworks July 4 because their crews already are booked. Council then agreed to change the date of the fireworks show to July 3.

Mayor Adam Greenslade said decisions still are being made in regards to the EMS dispatching issue he mentioned at the last meeting. When Green Springs EMS is out of service, Sandusky County EMS is paged for calls in the northern half of the village while Republic is paged for calls in the southern half. Greenslade would like to see Sandusky County EMS serve as the backup for the entire village when the Green Springs squad is out of service. Seneca County EMS Director Ken Majors is considering this proposal.

Greenslade reminded council members there will be meetings regarding EMS service. They are:

10 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Township House in Old Fort.

7 p.m. Monday at Green Springs VFW hall south of the village.

7 p.m. Tuesday at the village council meeting room.

Council is to meet at 7 p.m. April 6.