It was a good week for many Cherokee County employees,as the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors approved several wage authorizations and wage increases at their weekly meeting Tuesday.The wage authorizations were for new County employees.
Cherokee County Human Resources Director Kristi Petersen first brought up a wage authorization for Brian Whisesel, who will be a Summer Intern at the GPS/GIS Office.
Whisesel's duties will be to assist Lindsay Bressler with a mapping project for the City of Marcus and possibly another mapping project for the City of Cherokee. Whisesel's wage will be $11 per hour.
Petersen then brought up a contract step wage increase for Lisa Dame, a part-time jailer at the Cherokee Law Enforcement Center. Dame's new wage will be $14.78 per hour.
The next wage authorization was for Laura Kohn, who was hired to be the new Naturalist for the Cherokee County Conservation Department. Her wage for the full-time position will be $14 per hour.
The CCCD also hired three Seasonal Conservation Techs, who will be receive a wage of $9 to $10 per hour, based on past experience. Those Techs are Tasha Larsen ($9 per hour), Alex Roseen ($ 9.50 per hour), and Tony Morris ($10 per hour).
The Board did not have to approve these wages because the Cherokee County Conservation Board already signed off on the wages. However, Petersen thought the Supervisors should be informed as a matter of public record and the Supervisors acknowledged wages that were brought before them.
Cherokee County Auditor Kris Glienke brought forward a wage authorization for the Auditor's Office for a new Technical Assistant. She recently hired Jason Kline, who will have an annual wage of $42,000. The Board then approved a wage increase for Cherokee County Election Assistant Jill Titcomb, whose new wage will be $42,000 effective on July 1, 2012.
Assistant County Auditor Sara Lucas' wage was increased to $45,000 annually. The Board also approved Glienke to hire a new employee, Tara Davis, for an accounting position, at an annual income of $45,000.
Cherokee County Attorney Ryan Kolpin also presented a wage authorization for a new employee in the Attorney's Office. Kara Harpenau will have a starting wage of $43,000 annually, which will be increased to $44,000 annually after her six month probationary period ends, along with four weeks' vacation a year, valued at $2,500.
Kolpin also had a wage authorization for Lori Kolpin, who has been serving as a part-time legal assistant. Her wage is $14.35 per hour.
In other business, Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan addressed the Board about a resolution to transfer funds from the County's Department of Transportation budget. That resolution was tabled until next week to give time for the County Attorney to look over the resolution.
Shanahan also brought an estimate of property/tree value for the Washta bridge project on C-66, which will give the replacement value of some 80 trees of several varities along the shore of the Little Sioux River for the construction of a temporary crossing during the Washta bridge construction. He estimated that the total value of all wood would be $2,393.
Shanahan also agreed to a closed session for next week for a employee review on his County Engineer's Employment Contract.
The Board approved a DNR Construction application for Phillip Bush, who is building a deep storage manure pit at his cattle farm in Section 26 of Sheridan Township.
The Board then discussed some prospective appointees for the Cherokee County Board of Health. Chairman Dean Schmidt and Supervisor Terry Graybill will be contacting these prospective appointees to assess their interest.
The Board also approved a proposal from Emswiler Architecture for the LEC sidewalk project, and Emswiler was named the general contractor for the project.
The final business at this week's Board meeting was a resolution to appoint a member of the Board to the Siouxland Regional Housing Authority.
That issue was tabled until Supervisor Jeff Simonsen calls to get a clarification about elected officials serving as a commissioner.