Avon Lake

By Nicole Hennessy

Applicants have until Dec. 30 to submit resumes for Avon Lake’s vacant recreation director position.

Gary Gerrone, who was hired in 2011, recently stepped down from the full-time position.

No reasons were sighted. Gerrone did not respond to an e-mail request for counters.

This comes just after the city created a new position with the Parks and Recreation Department – recreation programmer.

Not everyone on council was in favor of creating the $17-per-hour position.

Councilman Larry Meiners remains opposed, stressing at a recent council meeting that his opposition has nothing to do with the city’s new programmer, Nicole Haas.

“I just feel like there’s more important things within the city for the health and benefit of the residents of Avon Lake,” said Meiners, who would have liked to see the money spent on safety equipment, like ambulance equipment or police and fire vehicles.

Though there’s been no serious discussions on the matter, the city has also tossed around the idea of combining several departments, including parks and recreation.

Meiners explained that some of the responsibilities of the Public Works Department overlap with those of the Parks and Recreation Department.

For example, public works is tasked with maintaining the parks and some aspects of city pool maintenance.

Mayor Greg Zilka said of combining the departments, “We’re not sure if that’s in our best interests.”

It is something that’s being considered.

While Zilka acknowledged that combining departments can often equal a savings for cities, he said, over-burdening employees with new responsibilities can backfire, creating an inefficient situation.

With the city’s 2016 budget finalized, it is not likely that any city departments will consolidate next year. Also, council would have to approve any consolidation.

Zilka said of the idea, “We will not close the door on that.”

Potential candidates for the recreation director position can send resumes to Joe DeTillio, human

resources director, at jdetillio@avonlake.org.

More information on the position can be found at avonlake.org.

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