CALCUTTA - St. Clair Township trustees gave pay raises and renewed health insurance for township employees on Tuesday.
The 1 percent pay raises for the police department, the road department and police Chief Donald T. Hyatt take effect with the next pay period. The increase in the health insurance premium is effective Nov. 1.
Trustees said the pay increase for nine police personnel is per a three-year contract reached with the department last year. Four non-contract road personnel also are affected by the raise.
Thirteen full-time township employees will see their health insurance premium go up by 18 percent, an amount that is typical "throughout the health insurance market," Trustee James Hall said.
The township switched to the Health America insurance provider last year. "We're not going to get anything better anywhere else," Trustee Robert Swickard said.
In other business Tuesday, trustees:
* Took the first step in selling a township-owned property at 16801 Cornell St. Trustees said the property is no longer needed for public use and has a fair market value of $2,500 or less. As such, it can be sold in a private sale or donated to an eligible non-profit organization. The township acquired the property in a foreclosure sale in which it agreed to pay the back taxes.
* Learned that the demolition of three properties will be covered by a Moving Ohio Forward Demolition Grant: 18801 Cornell St., 48838 Bloomfield Ave., and 48333 Huston Road. Demolition of the blighted homes, including asbestos abatement, must be completed by Dec. 31, 2013. The grant from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine comes from the national mortgage settlement over foreclosure abuses.
* Learned that trick-or-treating in St. Clair Township will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31, a Wednesday.