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The Lake Township trustees ended 2009 with a flurry, approving wage contracts with union and non-union employees; signing agreements for dispatching for emergency services, and other related matters.

The police department’s three sergeants will receive pay raises of $1 per hour plus a 1 percent raise for 2010 and 2.5 percent for 2011 and 2012.

The department’s 13 patrol officers and detective will receive raises of 2 percent for each of the three years.

With the exception of two office employees, who received $1 an hour raises for 2010, non-union employees in other departments were given 2 percent raises for 2010.

Employee contributions for health insurance were frozen at 8.5 percent.

The trustees renewed the township’s contract with LifeStar for 24-hour paramedic service and for the company to continue emergency dispatching service.

The trustees agreed to renew the agreement with LifeStar for $60,000 for one year of paramedic service, beginning Jan. 1. The company is responsible for providing an emergency vehicle and paramedics, who are housed at a wing of the administration building on Cummings Road.

Melanie Bowen, who chairs the township board of trustees, said LifeStar will also be allowed to retain the first $10,000 in billings for runs. She said the number of runs last year had dropped from the prior year.

A one-year dispatching contract with LifeStar was renewed with a 3 percent increase, raising the cost to $21,060 per month.

The company provides 24-hour dispatching service for fire, police, and emergency medical service calls.

The service is shared by the township, Village of Walbridge, and City of Rossford. Costs are based on a percentage of use, said Ron Sims, a trustee.

Last year Rossford paid $10,185 per month and Walbridge paid $5,267 a month.

The township also maintains the dispatching center at the administration building on Cummings Road.

Police Chief Mark Hummer said the township will assume the cost of the 3 percent increase this year.

In other year-end business, the trustees:
•Renewed an agreement with Chief Hummer for $800 a month for his extra duties as administrative assistant to the trustees.
•Approved an agreement with Guardian Life Insurance Co. for life, vision, and dental coverage for employees for $1,846 a month for 2010.

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