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KEY ACTION: Approved a two-year labor contract between the Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities and the 190 members of the Stark County Educators and Professional Trainers Association. Under the contract, the workers would get a 2 percent raise each year.
DISCUSSION: Connie Poulton, the director of human resources for Stark DD, said discussions were “challenging” because Stark DD is scheduled by July to close two workshops and supported employment division due to changes in federal funding, which will result in 85 to 90 positions being eliminated. Negotiations started early in 2017 and led to mediation and then a fact finder’s report, which both sides accepted.
The raises will cost the agency $487,420. The union represents Stark DD’s teachers, early intervention specialists, nurses, job coaches, therapists, workshop specialists and job service workers. In addition to the raise, the union agreed to a two-year freeze in step pay increases except for nine therapists.
The contract adds longevity bonuses for staff who’ve served 10 years and then every five years after that. Employees’ contribution for their health insurance will increase to 11 percent from 10 percent of the premium. The agreement will run retroactively from June 1, 2017, to May 31, 2019.
• Created a fund to receive money from the state to help make up for loss of revenue from the repeal on the sales tax on Medicaid Managed Care Organizations. Chris Nichols, the county’s budget director, said the county would receive $1.47 million total in payments in November and January.
• Authorized an appropriation proceeding to acquire property for a deposit of $26,650 from Time Warner Cable Midwest for the Whipple Avenue/Everhard Road project.
• Approved a change order altering the cost of a project to dredge the Magnolia Lagoon for the Stark County Sanitary Engineer’s office. The project was originally to cost $873,890 but then the amount of material ended up being more than anticipated so the cost was increased to $2.3 million. In the end, the contractor found less sludge so the cost ended up being $1.36 million.
• Approved a five-year agreement with Motorola to provide and provide technical support for 70 body cameras along with cloud data storage at a cost of $350,000 for the Stark County sheriff’s office.
Up next: Meets with the Stark County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 10 a.m. Oct. 16 on the second floor of the county office building. Due to the Columbus Day holiday, the commissioners regular meeting on Wednesday is canceled.
This article has been reproduced for educational purposes only and appeared in the Canton Repository. The original story can be found at: http://www.cantonrep.com/news/20171004/commissioners-approve-stark-dd-contract
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