FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP - Trustees approved hiring Nathan Good of Columbiana into the road department during a special meeting Monday.
Good was one of eight people who applied for the opening after Melvin Miller was moved in to fill the road supervisor position left open by Denny Farmer's retirement.
Good will begin today at $15 per hour that will fall under an annual pay review process. He will be on probation for 60 days and background checks are still being conducted but trustees felt they had to move on the hiring because of the department's workload.
Good was hired with a unanimous vote.
In other business, trustees passed two resolutions allowing the road department to make monthly purchases at the Bolt Biz Nuts Company in Leetonia not to exceed $100 a month and to include two checks that exceeded that amount September and October to be exempted from the $100 threshold.
Fiscal Officer Pat Hoffmaster said that once the $100 mark is reached any purchases will need the approval of trustees.
The two checks for $166.62 and $297 were for equipment from the company to outfit the township's new truck.
Also trustees unanimously approved health insurance coverage with Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield that will include four employees with a 5.2 percent increase over last year.
The coverage has higher deductibles and will cost $5,607 a month.
Trustee Barry Miner commented on the deductibles saying "they are creeping up every year ..." noting it is a trend in health care in general all over the state while pointing out deductibles through his employer went up too.
An option to include dental and vision coverage for an additional $400 per month was agreed to but Hoffmaster wanted to hold off on approving the specifics until she checked with the insurance carrier for clarification on the "exact option" that would be included.
"I'll try to reach her tomorrow (today) ... I'm just concerned about which one she was talking about for that cost."
Trustee also OK'd a resolution retaining its current $20,000 life insurance policy with its current carrier.
In other business, Miller said the rest of the stop signs that the township maintained were installed and the street light at the Crestview and Fairfield School roads intersection was fixed by Ohio Edison.
He also said that the portion of Beeson Mill Road reclaimed by Chesapeake is almost done; the new truck was out for the first time last Saturday and Miller reported no problems.
Miller also asked purchase orders for a retractable ladder ($127.45), an aluminum toolbox ($425) and a strobe light ($99) for the truck. Miller said he had trouble with strobe lights from Myers.
The next meeting will be at 7 p.m Dec. 6 while the Dec. 20 meeting was moved up to 7 p.m. on Dec. 19.
Trustees will also meet in special session at noon on Dec. 28.
They will meet again at 7 p.m. on Jan. 7.
Larry Shields can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org