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Pay raises of 2 percent for non-union employees of Lake Township were approved by the board of trustees during their final meeting of 2010.

Melanie Bowen, who chairs the board, said the increase is in line with raises given earlier to officers in the police department who are unionized.

The officers are in the second year of a three-year contract, she said.

The trustees also extended the contract for another year with Mark Hummer, the trustees’ administrative assistant. He will be paid $1,000 a month – an increase from $800 monthly.

He is also the township’s police chief.

The trustees also renewed a contract with LifeStar Ambulance, Inc., for emergency dispatch service for the police, fire, and emergency medical service departments at a cost of $21,568 per month – an increase of 2.5 percent.

A one-year contract with LifeStar for 24-hour paramedic service was also renewed at a cost of $60,000 – the same as last year.

Under the contract, LifeStar is responsible for providing at least one ambulance and training for paramedics.

The trustees listed the names of all employees on the meeting agenda to recognize their service during what was a trying year due to the June 5 tornado, which destroyed the township administration building, forcing several departments to work out of temporary quarters.

A resolution approved by the trustees describes the employees and volunteers as “…a well deserving group of people for their outstanding performance, dedication, and caring to the Lake Township community during a very turbulent and challenging year in Lake Township history…”

The trustees last week organized for 2011, re-appointing Bowen as the board’s chairperson and appointing trustee Ron Sims as vice chairman.

Ann Menter was re-appointed to a five-year term on the township zoning commission and Kathleen Gascal and John Sigurdson were re-appointed to five-year terms on the board of zoning appeals.


Electric agreement
The trustees approved a resolution Tuesday to again enter into an agreement with the Northwest Ohio Aggregation Coalition for the purchase of electric service from FirstEnergy Solutions.

Mark Frye, a consultant with Palmer Energy retained by NOAC, has negotiated a discount of 8 percent for members of the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce for electric service.

The current agreement expires in May.

NOAC and Frye are also negotiating with FirstEnergy for lower street lighting costs, according to the resolution.

Lake Township is a member of the chamber of commerce and NOAC. The coalition was formed in 2001 when several communities in Toledo Edison's service territory in Northwest Ohio banded together to purchase electricity, including the cities of Maumee, Oregon, Sylvania, Toledo, Northwood and Perrysburg, the Village of Holland, the unincorporated areas of Lucas County, and Lake Township.