2011-01-08 / News

Union Township creates administrator position

By Scott Rawdon

HEBRON – Along with a new title comes more responsibility and the same pay, but ultimately it’s worth it, said Union Township Trustee President John Slater. “It’s a saving’s for the township,” he said.

Slater referred to Union Township Police Captain and Zoning Officer Paula Greene’s new title, which is Township Administrator as of the trustees’ Dec. 30 year-end meeting. Slater said Greene’s new position is a “catch all” that encompasses all of her previous duties plus any other administrative tasks the trustees deem necessary. Slater said the new title doesn’t affect her salary, which remains at approximately $39,000 per year.

Slater explained the new position allows Greene to retire from her old position, move off of the township’s health plan, and collect PERS benefits instead. He said moving Greene from the township health plan is what will save Union Township money.

In other township news:

• Slater said the Jan. 17 trustees meeting will likely be the first at the new township building – the former Licking Baptist Church at 1380 Beaver Run Rd., which the township purchased Sept. 3. “It’s not an open house, we’ll just be meeting there,” he said. The trustees will meet at 7 p.m., their usual time.

Slater hopes to have the records moved into the new location by the end of January. He said some locks and a new door must be added for security before the records can be stored there. In the meantime, the township’s records are being organized for the move. He estimated the township police department would relocate to the new location from its existing Refugee Road office by mid-February, following more security upgrades.

• Slater said the Pataskala based Polymera, Inc. may be moving into the former Diebold plant in the Hebron Industrial Park. Polymera is a custom manufacturer of wood/fiber polymer composite materials. If the move takes place, Slater said Polymera would share the plant with the existing Scott’s warehouse at 552 Milliken Drive. “The old plant is huge,” said Slater. He said there are no toxicity issues with having a polymer manufacturer in Union Township and the new business would likely bring jobs to the area, but he couldn’t estimate how many. Slater reiterated that as of Tuesday, nothing was finalized.

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