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Jackson Township

Trustees applaud Scout's garden effort

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Jackson Township wrapped up the year by making one Eagle Scout's day.

At its last meeting of 2013, held Dec. 17, the Jackson Township Board of Trustees voted unanimously to declare the day as "Mason Warner Day," recognizing the accomplishments of Warner, a student at Grove City High School who recently rose to the rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scout Troop 385.

For his Eagle Scout project, Warner, the son of former Grove City councilman Jeff Warner, worked with the city to create a "Sensory Memory Garden" at Sesquicentennial Park on Park Street.

A Sensory Memory Garden is designed to "invigorate the mind of people affected by cognitive diseases like Alzheimer's or dementia," according to the proclamation the board issued.

Warner and his group worked with the city to plant more than 300 perennials and build new retaining walls for the garden.

"We all know someone who has Alzheimer's," trustee Chairman David Burris said to Warner. "Thank you for bringing attention to it."

Warner also was an honorary guest at the Grove City Christmas parade Dec. 7, where he rode in the bucket of the ladder fire truck with Jackson Township firefighter-paramedic Jamie Irwin, who also was an Eagle Scout.

In other news from Jackson Township:

* Starting in January, the costs of the township's group medical insurance with Medical Mutual will go up as a result of new fees and taxes that are going into effect as part of the Affordable Care Act, Township Administrator Mike Lilly said.

"We are having increases in our premium," Lilly said. "These are from Obamacare."

Those increases, Lilly said, will cause the current group insurance premiums to increase by $2,700 per month, or $32,400 a year. These new costs include a transitional reinsurance fee of $63 a year and a market share fee, which amounts to 2.4 percent of a premium. In the township's case, that's $260 a year for each covered employee.

If the township were to pass it on to its employees, Lilly said, the cost would be about $22 per month.

"We can pro-rate that to the employees, pass it all on to the employees or split it 50-50," he said. "We haven't really discussed it yet."

* The trustees voted unanimously to hire Lynn Bruno as assistant administrator, after creating the position on Dec. 3.

Bruno, a northwest Columbus resident, will serve primarily as the township's public information officer and human resources director. She will work alongside Lilly and will be second-in-command, handling township operations in his absence.

She officially started the job on Dec. 23, after working as a contract employee with the township since Oct. 28. She previously worked as public information officer for Mifflin Township.

* The meeting concluded with Burris and trustee Jim Rauck being sworn in to office. Both were unopposed for re-election in November and were sworn in by fellow trustee Stephen Bowshier.

Burris is beginning his fifth term while this marks Rauck's first election to a full term. He was originally appointed to fill a vacancy for six months and then elected in 2011 to finish the remaining two years of that term.

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