After meeting in executive session Tuesday, the Lake Township trustees unanimously agreed to hire a full-time cemetery sexton to replace Gary Schulte, who recently retired from the post.
The trustees agreed to hire Dan Sprinski as the sexton. A 15-year employee of the township cemetery, Sprinski will be paid $22 an hour and will serve a one-year probationary period.
The trustees also agreed to advertise for a full-time cemetery employee to fill the void left by Sprinski’s promotion.
Melanie Bowen, a trustee, said the trustees plan to have applications in time to hire someone for the position by their next meeting. She said Sprinski will be involved in interviewing applicants.
She called Sprinski, who attended Tuesday’s meeting, the “logical choice” for the sexton’s job but told him he had some “big shoes to fill,” alluding to Schulte, who was sexton for 27 years and a 30-year employee of the cemetery.
The trustees had discussed in previous meetings the possibility of staffing the cemetery with part-time employees as an austerity measure. The cemetery receives revenues from burial fees and plot sales but the township doesn’t have a property tax levy to fund it. In the past, the trustees have had to authorize transfers of revenues from the township general fund to meet cemetery expenses.
In January, the trustees approved increases in burial and foundation fees that went into effect Feb. 1.
Last week, they said their decision to hire full-time employees for the cemetery was based partly on the hope the higher fees would boost revenues.
An engineering firm representing Verizon Wireless is seeking input on a proposal to erect a communications tower along N. Fostoria Road between State Route 795 and Ayers Road.
CTL Engineering of Ohio, Inc., Columbus, states in a letter to the trustees that Verizon plans to erect a 160-foot tower with a 9-foot lightning rod and an equipment facility on a 10,000-square-foot parcel.
The parcel sits to the west of N. Fostoria Road.
Richard Welling, a trustee, said the letter has been forwarded to Dave Miesmer, the township zoning inspector, but was unsure if a zoning hearing would be required.
The Federal Communications Commission is the lead agency in determining whether Verizon should be issued a permit for the tower.