County approves increases for workers

Published 9:46 am Thursday, February 15, 2018

County employees included in the county’s compensation plan will get a 2.1 percent cost-of-living increase when the new fiscal year begins in July.

The Clark County Fiscal Court approved the first reading of the measure unanimously during Wednesday’s meeting after approving mandatory raises for the magistrates, judge-executive, jailer, coroner and county attorney.

Clark County Judge-Executive Henry Branham said the 2.109 percent increase was calculated by the Department of Local Government. The proposal, as applied to the steps in Clark County’s compensation plan would cost approximately $57,577 between salaries, benefits and insurance, he said.

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Under the compensation plan, county employees receive a 1 percent increase at the beginning of the fiscal year July 1 and another 1 percent on the anniversary of their hire date. The cost-of-living increase for county employees will take effect July 1; It started January 1 for elected officials.

The second reading will be at a future fiscal court meeting.

In other action, the court:

— noted the indigent burial of Mary Lawson, who died Jan. 31.

— approved the first reading of an ordinance to amend the property description on Boonesboro Road on a zoning ordinance.

— approved the second reading of an ordinance amendment related to subdivision regulations.

— approved the second reading to amend a zoning classification for property on Van Meter Road.

— declared a cascade air compressor and related parts as surplus and transferred it to the Powell County Fire Department.

— approved a contract with Sam and Heidys Long for CSEPP Hispanic outreach support.

— appointed Nancy Turner to the Clark County-Winchester Heritage Commission.

— approved a pay increase for part-time CSEPP employee Charles Steele.

— approved the hiring of Merinda Smith as an attendant at the Clark County Animal Shelter.

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