Pay increases for county Public Works and Courthouse employees were approved on a 2 to 1 vote at this morning’s Board of County Commissioners meeting. Commissioner Vickie Raines moved to approve new contracts for both, with Commissioner Frank Gordon seconding. Commissioner Wes Cormier voted Nay on both.
Effective January 1, 2017, about 120 county Public Works employees will receive a 1.5% increase for 2017 and “100% of CPIU in Olympia” for 2018 and 2019, “with a ceiling of two percent.” (If you figure out what that means, holler.) Courthouse employees will receive 2.0% increases for 2017, 2018, and 2019, also effective January 1, 2017.
Cormier asked Gordon and Raines about their votes. Regarding the PW increase, Cormier noted that Gordon wanted to reduce the road levy awhile back. He asked about Gordon’s current perspective on approving an increase to Roads.
Gordon said approving the raises was “tough,” but that the people in that department (Roads) were “working really, really hard” and have earned it.
Cormier said “We’re passing additional expenditures on the Roads budget even though” caution in so doing was expressed quite recently.
Raines noted that “several” staff changes have been made in Roads. “Several positions have gone unfilled” and “several employees have taken on additional tasks.”
Raines also said the courthouse employees contract was “difficult to negotiate, but we succeeded in getting some pretty important language changes (in) that will benefit the county. That was a plus for us.”
Convened at 9:00 a.m.by Cormier, the meeting was adjourned at about 9:10 a.m. A motion to approve a new temporary healthcare provider for the juvenile detection facility passed unanimously.
So, class. Pop quiz: Can you place this quote? “Make ten men look like a hundred”? We’ll fill you in later. Stay tuned. ☺