County workers at the Cherokee County Law Enforcement Center, which includes deputies, clerical workers, jailers and dispatchers, submitted their initial proposal at the Tuesday meeting of the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors.
An hourly increase of 75 cents across the board is sought as well as instituting longevity-based increases of 25 cents per hour for every three years beyond the first five of employment. An increase in shift differential to #5 cents and hour is sought.
The contract proposal seeks an increase in the number of holidays and an increase in vacation time, changes in sick leave and an increase in health insurance.
The proposal will be forwarded to the attorney that the county uses for labor negotiations prior to issuing a counterproposal. The initial proposal and counterproposal are required to be made in open session but subsequent negotiations may be held in closed session.
The supervisors appointed Dr. John Barlow to fill a vacancy on the Cherokee County Conservation Board.
The supervisors appointed Steve Hueser to continue in his current position as Marcus Township trustee. Vacancies on the Diamond and Cedar board of trustees will be filled at a later date.
The board discussed future expansion of the Cherokee County Law Enforcement Center. They plan on inviting back a consultant they had met with a couple of years ago. The city of Cherokee has been asked to communicate what it needs in terms of expansion of the Cherokee Police Department.