Clay Township trustees hear pay deposit complaints, October 10, 2018

(By Kay Dawson - Star Contributing Writer)


CLAY TOWNSHIP - At the Oct. 1 board of trustees meeting, Clay Township Sgt. Jim Hawkins presented trustees with a letter from himself and other employees protesting recent financial problems.


"One pay period ended Aug. 24," he told them, "and the money was not deposited in our accounts by Aug. 29. This was not the first time. Also, there have been cases in which the gas credit cards were not valid and for two years in a row, the licenses on two of the cars were not renewed."


Police Chief John Van Gundy told the trustees the license plates were covert plates issued to unmarked police cars and the applications for renewal were not received by the state in time.


Trustee Jeff Requarth said, "our short turnaround is the problem with the pay. We are making changes but they probably won't take effect until the first of the year."


Township fiscal officer Brad Limbert said part of the problem with the plates is that the state does not send out notices of renewal for this category of plates as it does with private citizens.


Startled, Requarth asked how the plates were different.


Laughing, Van Gundy replied they are simple processed differently and "they don't say 'undercover cop' or anything."


Trustee president Dave Vore asked Limbert if he had a checklist of things to take care of periodically, agreeing that ti was easy to let once-a-year tasked clip by.


Limbert said he was in the process of organizing the records so this didn't happen again.


Trustees also rescinded an earlier resolution authorizing the purchase of a For SUV by the police department. This car is not available, so the trustees authorize the purchase of a Dodge Charger with police equipment at a cost of approximately $37,580. Chief Van Gundy observed that this is "about $4,200 less" than the Ford.


Vore reminded the public that a meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, will give residents of the unincorporated area of the township an opportunity to discuss the energy aggregation measure on the November ballot.


The Board of Zoning Affairs will meet on Wednesday, October 17, to discuss the proposed youth ministry facility at Diamond Mill and Westbrook roads.


The next meeting o the board of trustees will be at 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15, at the township building at 9207 Arlington Road.