K9 handler in Medina will be paid some OT for caring for dog

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 April 2022 at 11:22 am

MEDINA – The Village Board reached an agreement last week with K9 Handler Jacob Reeves where he will be paid 3 ½ hours a week of overtime for caring for the dog. That will be overtime at 1 ½ times the minimum wage or about $70 a week total.

The agreement goes through May 31, 2023 and is retroactive to June 1, 2021. It doesn’t include time from November 2020 to May 31, 2021.

The agreement was also approved by the union representing Medina police officers. Village Board members said it’s standard that K9 handlers be compensated for some of their care they provide K9 dogs in the off hours.

In other action from last week’s board meeting:

• The board approved a $50 fee from code enforcement for permit applications for residential solar systems. That covers cost of inspections.

The board however opted against a fee for standby generators. Code enforcement officer Dan Gardner said many municipalities have fees for those generators but Medina board members said they didn’t need see a need. Those units are inspected by electrical companies, but the village code officer.

• The board tabled a request from the Orleans County YMCA to have four bikes available for rent at the Visitor Center at Rotary Park on Main Street. The Y considered the Canal Basin but would prefer the more visible Rotary Park. Village board members said they want more details about the proposal before making a decision.