BATH TWP.: The meeting of the Bath trustees Monday night was notable in that it was the first meeting in 13 years without Bill Snow as township administrator.
Vito Sinopoli assumed that role, effective with the March 31 retirement of long-time Bath employee Snow.
Nonetheless, the sole resolution approved at the meeting addressed Snow’s 31 years of service to the community with a framed copy of that resolution, a cake to congratulate him on his retirement and a number of township residents in attendance hoping to pay tribute to his career with Bath.
The only thing missing was Snow himself, who was taking an exam in an evening real estate class.
In July of last year, Snow announced plans to retire due to proposed (and now implemented) changes in the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System that would adversely impact his public employee pension. Following that announcement, trustees appointed Snow as interim township administrator through March 31, to ensure an orderly transition to the next administrator, the position for which Sinopoli was hired late last year.
In his Administrator’s report during the meeting, Sinopoli recognized Snow for his experience, wisdom and guidance in the months they worked together.
Trustees then approved the resolution that outlined Snow’s career in Bath, which started in 1982 as a volunteer firefighter/EMT with the Bath Fire Department, from which he retired 21 years later after achieving the rank of Captain.
Snow was also a founding member of the Summit County Hazardous Materials Response
Team and a member of the Local Emergency Planning Commission, both of which benefited not just residents in Bath but in all of Summit County, according to the resolution.
Appointed as Clerk-Treasurer in 1996 (the elected office that is now titled Fiscal Officer), Snow became Bath’s administrator in 2000, and for the next 13 years, per the resolution, he “accomplished a multitude of significant achievements, among those listed were construction of the Stony Hill Fire Station, the establishment of the Bath Hill Park and the Bath Nature Preserve, and the early retirement of the bond debt for the Bath Nature Preserve.
“Mr. Snow’s most notable and appreciated contribution is the sound fiscal status of the township,” reads the resolution.
The resolution cites Snow’s thoughtful nature, perseverance, and constant pursuit of perfection, always putting the interests of Bath Township first, and giving selflessly to the community.
“His presence at Bath Township will be missed,” says it all.
The framed resolution and the remainder of the cake were set to be delivered to Snow.
Per the suggestion of former Bath Fiscal Officer Penny Marquette, those residents hoping to acknowledge Snow in person, filled the back of a copy of the resolution with individual notes of thanks and congratulations.