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12/09/2016

THE MARTIN COUNTY BOARD AT THEIR MEETING THURSDAY APPROVED THE COMPENSATION FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS IN 2017. THE BOARD APPROVED A 2.5 PERCENT INCREASE WHICH EQUATES TO 23,975 DOLLARS WITH THE ADDITIONAL 1,000 DOLLARS FOR THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD AND 500 DOLLARS FOR VICE CHAIR AND COMMISSIONERS APPOINTED THE PERSONNEL COMMITTEE AND PER DIEMS OF 75 DOLLARS EACH DAY PERFORMING OFFICIAL DUTIES.

COMMISSIONERS APPROVED TENTATIVE AGREEMENTS WITH CORRECTIONS / COMMUNICATIONS OFFICERS AND MARTIN COUNTY HIGHWAY SUPERVISORS WHICH INCLUDE 2.5 PERCENT GENERAL WAGE ADJUSTMENTS FOR 2017-18 AND 19.

THE BOARD ALSO SET THE GENERAL WAGE ADJUSTMENT FOR NON-UNION EMPLOYEES AND ELECTED OFFICIALS WITH THAT FIGURE GOING UP AT 2.5 PERCENT FOR 2017.

THE BOARD APPROVED A REQUEST FROM COUNTY ATTORNEY TERRY VIESSELMAN FOR A 1,500 DOLLAR LINE ITEM IN THE BUDGET TO COMPENSATE COURT VISITORS. WHENEVER SOME ONE PETITIONS FOR APPOINTMENT OF A GUARDIAN OR CONSERVATOR FOR SOMEONE, THE COURT APPOINTS A COURT VISITOR WHOSE JOB IS TO MEET WITH THE PROPOSED WARD, EXPLAIN THE PETITION AND REPORT BACK TO THE COURT REGARDING THE WARD'S WISHES, MENTAL AND PHYSICAL CAPACITY AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS. THERE ARE SOME REQUIREMENTS ON WHO CAN ACT AS A COURT VISITOR, SUCH AS NEEDING TRAINING IN THE LAW, SOCIAL WORK OR MEDICAL FIELD.

MR. VIESSELMAN SAYS THE THAT HUMAN SERVICES HAVE BEEN HANDLING THAT BUT FIND MORE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST THESE DAYS. COMMISSIONERS APPROVED A 30 DOLLAR HOURLY RATE OF PAY, PLUS MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT AT THE I R S RATE.

THE BOARD ALSO RECOGNIZED SUE PALMER FOR HER 17 YEARS PLUS OF SERVICE AS ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT WITH THE MARTIN COUNTY PROBATION DEPARTMENT. HER RETIREMENT IS EFFECTIVE TODAY.


ROD HALVORSEN
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