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Posted: Wednesday, 02 April 2014 5:00PM

Benton Township Government Stalwart Gets Contract Extension



The Superintendent of Benton Township is getting a contract extension. 63-year old Elden Piontek will get a salary of $63,000 this year, and $57,000 the next three. The Township board approved the four-year contract earlier this week. He and the board are going to be busy this year, with contract negotiations coming up, a bond sale for sewer repairs and a rewrite of the employee handbook planned.

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Piontek has worked for the Township for nearly 40-years. To save it money, he's currently hired in a part-time position. He works almost 40-hours a week, but hopes to get that amount of time down to about three and a half days a week. His new contract does not include fringe benefits, but the township will cover 80% of the cost of his health, dental and vision insurance. He became Superintendent in 2012. Last year the Township was facing a deficit of roughly $500,000. By the end of this year the Township is projected to break even.

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Since 2012 Piontek has helped renegotiate employee benefit packages, and worked on an agreement with the police patrol officersÂ’ union to hire part-time nonunion cops and clerical workers to replace three retiring officers. These and other actions are saving the township between $300,000 and $400,000 a year. Piontek's contract runs through December of 2018.


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