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December 13, 2012

County to pay $100K more for levee

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WASHINGTON —

“What we do is we draw against that if there is a need,” Arnold said.

Arnold said there will be some infrastructure in the works for the expansion of the MacAllister facility west of Washington. The request was unanimously approved.

The final $100,000 appropriation was for pauper attorney claims. This request was also approved.

“I wish we had some way to bring this (amount) down,” Sprinkle said.

Part-time wages

County part-time employees will get a three-percent across-the-board wage increase next year as the council approved a raise.

This is the first time in several years the council has approved raises for part-time employees. Earlier this year during budget hearings, the council approved a $600 increase for full-time employees.

Council members were given a breakdown of the county’s 43 part-time employees and where they serve and for how much. Some were astonished how much they are needed in some departments.

“I never really thought of some part-time employees that work a full-time job,” Council member Ken Solliday said.

Before voting for across-the-board raises, there was a question of who on the part-time payroll should get a raise. Auditor Gail Doades said in order to comply with audits, the council would have to go through each part-time employee and determine if they would receive the raise.

At first, a three-member committee was tasked to decide but after they were informed this could be a violation of the state’s Open Door law, the council decided 6-0 to give the entire part-time roster the raise. Graber was present for the wage vote.

But the council said in 2013, categories will be created for part-time employees to help classify their work.

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