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
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
"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.