The Monroe County Board of Supervisors approved a 3.17 percent salary increase for elected officials during their Feb. 23 meeting. This was about half of what the Compensation Board had recommended for most positions. The board also approved the same 3.17 percent salary increase for non-elected and non-union employees.
The supervisors said they felt that officials had done a great job over the last year, dealing with COVID-19 and providing services to Monroe County residents.
“This has been one crazy year people,” said supervisor John Hughes. “We kept going. We didn’t close our doors. We stayed open. … I’m not a big raise giver … but I want to thank everybody for what you’ve done for us.”
“Everybody worked hard,” said board chairman Dennis Amoss. “We appreciate it.”
The board also approved the same 3.17 percent salary increase for non-elected and non-union employees.
The board approved reclassifying an open position at Public Health. The position, which was before just an assistant office manager, will now also be an LPN, if public health is able to hire one. According to Public Health Administrator Kim Hugen this will give the department more flexibility.
“They would be able to help us give shots, help us do our blood pressure clinics, our foot clinics, all the things that have been pushed to the side right now,” said Hugen.
The board approved a revised petition for declaratory judgment presented by Monroe County attorney John Pabst. Pabst added JD Thompson as a defendant only so that the venue would remain in Monroe County, since Thompson is a Monroe County resident. The supervisors are seeking a judgment about whether to allow firearms to be brought inside the courthouse. Thompson requested the supervisors change their policy in a letter a few weeks ago.
The supervisors approved the 2021 FM rock contract for $500,000 presented by Monroe County Engineer Jeremiah Selby.
“About 69.5 miles of FM roads will get the 400 tons a mile,” said Selby. “It’s about 27,800 tons of rock that will end up going down is what our estimate is.”
The board also approved setting the rock letting for March 30 at 9:30 a.m.
The supervisors set the date for the FY 2021-2022 budget hearing for March 16.
In other business:
• The board approved the county farm lease for 2021-2024.
• The board approved terminating HVAC server access to monitor thermostats.
• The board approved a request to apply for a cyber security grant.
• The board approved an agreement with MOU for enhanced security services with the Officer of the Chief Information Officer.