Wednesday, Dec. 22


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[DEC. 22, 2004]  Eleven members of the Logan County Board met and voted on a number of issues at their adjourned meeting Tuesday, Dec. 21. Board member Vicki Hasprey was absent.

Three courthouse employees' salaries were voted on. The jury commissioner salary was corrected for 2004-2005, and a 2 percent raise was proposed by finance chairman Chuck Ruben.

Patrick O'Neill questioned a part-time, non-union position getting the raise that full-time courthouse employees all received. He, Stewart and Mitchell voted no. The raise was approved with a vote of 8-3.

Janet Kvitle's annual salary will be $12,187 for 30-plus hours a week retroactive to Dec. 1, 2004. Her salary is offset in cost to the county by $2,300 from other sources.

The board also discussed 2 percent raises for the first and second public defenders who work in the state's attorney's office. Their raises would be $509 and $371 increases per year, respectively.

Because their salaries come out of the general budget, it requires a two-thirds vote (eight yes votes) to pass. Sahs, Stewart, Voyles, Luster, O'Neill voted no, resulting in a 6-5 denial.

The county is still waiting for a liability insurance reimbursement for damage caused during an August 25 lightning strike. St. Paul Travelers insurance has been slow to pay up on $4,900 of the claim. Claims personnel thought that some of the figures were inflated but are slowly reassessing them. Administrative secretary JoAnne Marlin gets a call from a claims representative about once a week, working on clearing the matter up.

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The animal control staff was reappointed. [See "County briefs," Dec. 17]

A $296,000 two-year storm sewer project on the airport grounds was approved. The county's portion of the project is $7,400 for this year. Phase one will entail laying and covering over drainage pipe.

Bids for the aggregate used for county road repairs are not in yet. But when they do come in, the lowest bid will be accepted, as is the usual custom of the county.

Tracy Thomas was appointed to the Logan County Housing Authority.

The new county board chairman, Bob Farmer, presented a gavel to Dale Voyles as a token of appreciation for his past two years of service as chairman for the board.

[Jan Youngquist]

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