Weathersfield OKs contracts

WEATHERSFIELD –Township trustees have approved a new three-year agreement with police and road department employees that includes replacing a 3 percent annual bonus with a one-time wage increase.

Trustee Chairman Steve Gerberry said Tuesday the Ohio Patrolmen’s Association, which represents eight police officers, and the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association, which represents four road department employees, will receive a one-time, 3 percent wage increase the first year, along with 2 percent increases in each of the three years of the contract.

The contract is effective Jan. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2019. Officials said both unions also have approved the agreement.

In another matter, trustees have been awarded an Ohio Public Works Commission grant for the reconstruction and repaving of Ohltown-Girard/ Countyline Road from Four Mile Road to 2,700 feet west, and Stillwagon Road from Anderson Morris Road and continuing 2,932 feet north to the township line.

The Ohltown-Girard Road project involves reconstruction of 1.5 feet width of road edge. The Stillwagon Road project involves repaving 18 feet of road width. The project is scheduled to be completed by fall 2017 and cost $136,608.

Trustees were informed that Jackson International Inc., which manufactures a variety of uncoupling levers and other devices for railcar and the railroad industry, will move its operations to the 79,102-plus-square foot manufacturing facility on Union Street in Mineral Ridge.

Gerberry said the move is to better position the company to serve its expanding client base, spanning from Chicago to New York and the eastern seaboard, according to the company.

State Rep. Michael O’Brien, D-Warren, an-nounced the company’s intention and said it was made possible through a $412,500 state loan to the company.

Officials said Jackson and its affiliated real estate holding company will use the money to help purchase the manufacturing facility, machinery and equipment.

Gerberry said jobs are expected to pay each worker $15 per hour plus benefits.