Approving wage authorizations was the chief topic of business at Tuesday's weekly meeting of the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors. County Engineer Dave Shanahan presented wage authorizations for Secondary Roads receptionist Paula Ellis, Project Manager Brandon Billings and Engineer Aide Joel Anderson, and the Board approved a $1.50/hour raise for Ellis, effectively immediately. She will also receive a $.65/hour raise effective July 1. A salary raise for Billings, from $42,230/year to $45,350, was also approved, effective July 1. anderson was approved for an additional $.70/hour, effective July 1.
Shanahan and the Board also discussed the Wage and Benefit package for County Roads Superintendent Larry Walker, who has gone to a Management position, and a decision was made that Walker will continue to receive the Union benefits he had in his previous, non-management position.
Shanahan also requested a Utility Permit for People's Telephone Company of Aurelia for underground cable work in Sections 4 and 6 of Diamond Township, and this was approved.
Kristi Petersen, County Human Resources Director, presented a 6-month Wage Authorization for Conservation Tech Emmett Kohn, raising his wages from $13/hour to $13.50/hour and the Board approved. Petersen discussed the issue of newly - hired employees completing the Physicall Capacity Profile (PCP) prior to their hiring, and Sheriff Dave Scott said that all new hires will be required to complete the profile.
Petersen also brought up the subject of overtime pay on weekends for Non-Bargaining Unit employees to the Supervisors' attention, but the Board took no action, feeling that further discussion is needed. The matter will be dealt with at a future meeting.
Scott Weber of Central Insurance presented the 2012/2013 insurance policy renewals. The premium for property and auto coverage has risen a little more than 3%, to $3400, but the premium for Workmen's Compensation coverage has risen 40% from last year because the number of claims was also "way up." The policy renewals were approved.
In other business, fireworks permits were approved for Paul Burch, Gary Dodd, Dan Schmidt and Jamie Renken; a proclamation declaring July 28, 2012 as "Veteran's Appreciation Day" in Cherokee County was signed; it was noted that a dust control product has been put down on 480th Street east of Marcus, and the results will be monitored to see if it is helping; an update on the landfill was presented, stating that the staff there is now down to five people, and they are making their daily cash flow. Cherokee State Bank is also continuing to work with the landfill on its existing loan.