Turkey Creek Township Advisory Board Monday approved a resolution providing for fire territory employees’ 2015 salaries, compensation and benefits.
The vote was unanimous and followed a similar vote by the fire territory board earlier in the evening.
The 2015 salaries are the same as this year’s, in the following amounts: fire chief, $55,465; paramedic, $44,980; EMT-advanced, $43,500; EMT-basic, $42,215; and firefighter, $39,006.67. Each of the positions also earns longevity pay.
The deputy chief, EMS captain, shift captains and mechanic may receive a $2,000 performance bonus at the discretion of the fire chief and executive board.
Part-time paramedics will receive $13 per hour; part-time firefighters will be paid $10 per hour.
Fire Chief Mickey Scott also reported the department’s employee health insurance premiums will remain the same for the coming year. The rates have not changed since Dec. 1, 2013. “I was told this is very unheard of for insurance rates to stay flat,” Scott said.
The resolution also addressed the schedule of paydays, compensation modifications, longevity, PERF plan distributions, vacations, holidays, sick leave, insurance, overtime, and clothing and other benefits.
Township Trustee Barb Griffith presented her budget report, noting she paid $6,000 for cemetery mowing during the season. No other anomalous expenditures were reported.
Griffith also distributed a state-mandated anti-nepotism policy to the board for signature, stating the state board of accounts requires her to keep a copy on file in her office.
Attorney Andrew Grossnickle informed the board an exchange of deeds to rectify a clerical error regarding cemetery property will be completed this week. He distributed a quitclaim deed to the board members for their signatures.
The fire territory report indicated the department responded to 14 fire calls and 76 EMS calls in October. A barn fire resulted in $190,000 of property loss last month. To date in 2014, the department has made 1,060 emergency responses.
The board will next meet at 7:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, at the Syracuse Town Hall.