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Published: Tuesday, 10/2/2012

Sylvania Township Trustees approve road salt purchase, leaf pick-up day


The Sylvania Township Trustees had a quick regular meeting tonight, that included the approval of a salt contract and a date for township leaf pick-up. 

Gregory Huffman, public works manager for the road department, said that a contract for the purchase of road salt has been approved at $41.01 per ton of sodium chloride. This is a 26 percent decrease from last year, Mr. Huffman said, adding that the reason for the drop is, “clearly a supply and demand issue."

The trustees also announced the date of seasonal leaf pick-up, Oct. 15. Mr. Huffman expected that this service will be done on a patrol basis throughout the township. 

Tthe trustees also approved an amendment to the township's property damage policy, in which township administrator John Zeitler would now oversee each documented case. The policy states that township employees must report any incidents if they are driving a township vehicle on business.

“Any time any township property is damaged,” he said, “there must be a report.”

Trustee Kevin Haddad questioned the new policy before the vote, expressing concern that the trustees wouldn't have any power with the new amendment.

Susan Wood, township assistant administrator and human resources director, explained to Mr. Haddad that the new amendment would still bring any disciplinary action recommendations to the attention of the trustees.

Trustee John Jennewine said he thought it would benefit the township to have one primary person overseeing the policy.

Mr. Haddad also questioned Mr. Zeitler's proposal to enter into a contract for payroll services with an outside company called Paycor, and requested that payroll services be completed in-house and not by an outside company. He said the change was brought on in an attempt to be financially conservative.

“We're always looking to save money,” Mr. Haddad said. “By looking at this option, we're cutting our monthly cost from $616 to $573. It's saving us roughly $520 a year.”

Ms. Wood defended the administrative position, adding that the payroll provider “does a lot more than just print checks,” which led Mr. Jennewine to consider whether conducting payroll services in-house would take up much time from existing employees' regular duties.

Both Mr. Jennewine and fellow trustee Neal Mahoney voted in favor of entering into the new contract for payroll services, with Mr. Haddad dissenting.

The next Sylvania Township Trustees meeting is scheduled for Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at the township administrative building, 4927 Holland-Sylvania Rd.

Contact Kelly McLendon at kmclendon@theblade.com or 419-206-0356 or on Twitter at @MyTownSylvania.

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