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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.



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.



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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