EAST LIVERPOOL -The Thompson Park board Tuesday reviewed the job description and qualifications of the park superintendent so they can be presented to the Civil Service Commission which meets at 5:15 p.m. today.
Superintendent Robb Kenny, who had served the past seven years, recently resigned to accept a position in Florida and the park board took the opportunity to update existing guidelines for the position.
The commission is charged with scheduling a test for those interested in the position, and park board President Burl Warrick said he expects that test to be given sometime in January.
Among the changes made in the existing job description was giving a candidate more time to acquire certain training.
Currently, the superintendent is required to have, or acquire within six months of hire, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency certification in herbicide/pesticide application; CPR and first aid certification; a course in bookkeeping; a seminar in public relations; and a seminar in general supervision.
The board agreed to retain the six-month deadline for the EPA certification and CPR/first aid certification, while giving the successful candidate a year to acquire the other training.
The starting salary will be $12.87 per hour, increasing over a five-year period to $14.31, with hospitalization and life insurance benefits.
The park superintendent is required to live in the park house, with heat, electricity, water and sewer provided at no cost.
The board agreed to add opening and closing the gates to the list of functions to be performed by the superintendent.
Board members indicated they will attend today's civil service meeting to further discuss the job description and advertisement that will be placed in the media.
Member Wink Smith had questioned whether the passing grade on the civil service exam can be increased from 70 to 75 percent, but Warrick said he has been advised that is the standard on all tests. They also plan on asking the commission about this issue.
Meanwhile, improvements to the park house are continuing, and it was agreed to replace a 1930s-era heatalator in the fireplace with gas logs, which will be less expensive than repairs needed to the old unit.
The board also agreed to secure quotes from city appliance stores for a washer and dryer for the park house.