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County commissioners deal with wage issues this week

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Saline County Commissioners discussed a request from County Clerk Debbie Russell and Road and Bridge Supervisor Justin Cowart to modify a new employee request form.

The request regards the hiring of a new Road and Bridge employee, James Goodman. Cowart requested a pre-approved salary change for Goodman after six months, and another salary change after 12 months.

Northern District Commissioner said he was wary of approving salary increases without first assessing a new employee's progress. He asked if the commission could, instead, approve the initial hiring rate of $11.75 per hour, and have the new employee request a salary change after the first six months.

Russell said the status quo practice of pre-approving salary changes is a measure to ensure that Cowart can estimate his annual budget.

She suggested the commission continue this practice because the new employee's first six months are a probationary period, and the salary change is not guaranteed. Additionally, Russell said, the pre-approved salary change keeps the new employees satisfied and gives them benefits to aspire to.

The commission agreed that the traditional practice was satisfactory, and approved Cowart's request.

County commissioners also approved the 2013 payroll and payment schedule submitted by County Auditor Tara Vogelsmeier, who was present at the meeting.

At the commission's Wednesday meeting, commissioners discussed a request from County Collector Grace Miles for $1,300 reimbursement for city collection fees.

The collector routinely receives compensation for providing collection services to several towns in the county.

Commissioners were uncertain, though, whether the request was for 2012 services or 2013 services. Vogelsmeier said she believed the maximum compensation of $16,500 had already been paid for 2012.

Commissioners tabled the issue in order to get clarification on the matter.

Commissioners also approved salary adjustments for several county employees. The plan calls for most of the cost of the raises to come from special funds in individual offices.

Commissioners also plan to meet with an insurance agent Jan. 15 to learn more about how the federal Affordable Health Care Act will affect the county.

Note: Editor Eric Crump contributed information to this story.

Contact Chanelle Koehn at ckoehn@marshallnews.com

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