Officers discuss retirement with council

CADIZ — Village council heard from a Cadiz police officer concerned about a change to the department’s retirement plan on Thursday.

Ron Carter, speaking for the Cadiz Police Department, said the department recently had an employee relations meeting. Carter said in 2006, the officers in the department hired that year had to pay into their own retirement plan, the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, rather than having the retirement paid for entirely by the village.

Officers hired before 2006 were grandfathered in, but new changes will make it so everyone has to pay into OPERS. Carter said the employees hired after 2006 were supposed to get a raise to offset the fact they have to pay into their retirement. Carter said other officers also need the raise, adding he is concerned about employees who have been with the department for 10 years or more.

“These guys are in dire need of a raise,” Carter said.

In other business, Village Administrator Charley Bowman brought forth a series of bids for the purchase of village vehicles. Having received bids from 13 individuals total, council members moved to accept the highest bids, which added a total of $9,104 to the village vehicle fund.

Bowman also said paving work at Sally Buffalo Park should begin next week and be completed by the end of the week. The police committee met last week, and discussed increasing traffic and parking fines, although nothing was decided. Councilman Thomas Crawshaw also spoke about fining residents who eject grass clippings and other debris onto public roads if they continue to do so after a warning.

Council also adopted ordinances to create several positions, including a water treatment plant superintendent, water treatment operators and sewer collection system operators. Members also authorized participation in the Ohio Department of Transportation winter contract to acquire supplies of road salt for next winter.

Council members also reminded those in attendance that the village community clean-up day will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 29.

Cadiz Village Council is next scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. May 4 in the municipal building.