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Supervisors Clarify Salary Recommendation

By Staff | Jan 31, 2008

Palo Alto County Supervisors clarified their thinking on a salary question during a brief meeting Tuesday morning at the courthouse in Emmetsburg. The supervisors also made an appointment and approved a pay rate for a new employee during the session.

Palo Alto County Engineer Joel Fantz asked the board to clarify its position on salary increases for the staff at the engineer’s office and part-time workers, following a budget workshop last week.

“I guess I was under the impression that you were thinking 2.8 percent,” Fantz explained, “but we did negotiate three percent with the secondary road union. I need to know for sure what you were thinking on this.”

According to Fantz, the three percent raise for the union members amounted to 41 cents per hour, while a 2.8 percent increase was 38 cents an hour for the part -time road workers. “It’s not a big amount of money, but I just need to know for sure what you were thinking.”

“I’d say we were thinking the 2.8 percent figure,” answered Supervisor Ed Noonan. “I realize that it might not seem fair, but as far as the part-time workers, they’re not members of the union and we did negotiate directly with the union for their raises.”

“Definitely the 2.8 percent,” agreed Supervisor Jerry Hofstad.

“I would defer to you on this Ed,” Fantz noted, “since you held that position once before.” Noonan had previously worked as a part-time employee in the secondary road department several years ago.

“Let’s go with the 2.8 percent for all of the personnel, including the part-time workers,” Noonan suggested.

The rest of the board was in agreement with the suggestion.

“OK, that clarifies what I needed to know,” Fantz said, ending the discussion.

After a request by Fantz, the board entered into a closed session in accordance with Chapter 21.5 of the Code of Iowa, subsection I, “To evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose appointment, hiring, performance or discharge is being considered when necessary to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual’s reputation and that individual request a closed session.”

On a motion by Supervisor Ron Graettinger, the board went into the closed session at 8:36 a.m. and returned to open session at 8:45 a.m. without taking any action on the matter.

In other business, the board re-appointed Shirley Brown to a three-year term on the North West Iowa Regional Housing Authority. Brown had previously served as the county’s representative until her term expired on Nov. 25, 2007. The supervisors were not made aware of the vacancy until late last week, and Brown indicated she would be willing to serve another term. The re-appointment was approved unanimously.

The board also approved the hiring of Connie J. Krough as a part-time clerk in the Palo Alto County Recorder’s Office at a salary of $9.00 an hour, following a recommendation by Recorder Bonnie Whitney. The board members approved the hiring and salary unanimously.