Wells Township makes policy changes

BRILLIANT — The Wells Township Board of Trustees agreed to changes in several policies during their Feb. 26 meeting.

Trustee Rodney Roe moved to amend the vacation policy to allow employees to be paid for vacation time instead of taking time off so that employees do not exceed the maximum carryover amount at the end of a year. Trustee Ronald Lazear seconded the motion, and it passed 3-0.

In another policy matter, Lazear moved to approve a new policy to discontinue employee benefits after one year for an employee who has not returned to work after an injury, with the policy applying to all employees regardless of years of service. Trustee Allison Yanssens seconded the motion, and it passed 3-0.

In a separate matter, Lazear reported that the pool cannot open this year because there is no manager being available to do the entire job. Budget constraints will prevent hiring multiple people to do the work, according to township officials.

Yanssens moved to keep the pool closed this year, Lazear seconded the motion, and it passed 3-0.

Fireworks and concerts will be researched as possible uses of remaining recreation levy funds, township officials said.

Liz Cook told the trustees that she would like to see the fireworks and concerts continue this year.

Yanssens reported that the JB Green Grant program can help fund park revitalization, shelter repairs and paint, a drug take back program or a composting bin.

Deborah Gilchrist reported on American Legion activities, including a fish fry during the Hall of Fame Week which might include the closing of Market Street for a time that day.

Bruce Clark inquired about where the new levy money can be spent if it is approved. Yanssens stated the levies are dedicated to the police and road and bridge departments only. The funds can only be used to replace lost revenues in those departments.

Yanssens asked that the township restore vacation hours that were lost by employees last year due to working to alleviate personnel shortages, and Lazear moved to renew the fire and EMS contracts for three years at the current percentages. Both measures passed, 3-0.

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