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Board adopts 1% raises for managers

Last week, the Pierce County Board approved one percent pay raises for about 50 non-union employees.

The group includes mostly department heads and managers. The raises will go into effect Jan. 1, 2007.

The action incorporates a 10-step pay plan offered by Bjorklund Compensation Consulting when it completed its classification and pay study in October 2005. Most members of this group also get step increases each year on the anniversary of their hiring, although those workers who have reached the top step of their pay scale will get just the one percent increase.

Administrative Coordinator Curt Kephart said the one percent increase will cost the county a total of about $35,000 in 2007.

In other business, the board:

--Voted to sell a small storage building and two-thirds of an acre in the Town of El Paso to Tony R. Huppert for $23,510. The shed had been used by the highway department and is no longer needed.

When it advertised for bids, the county indicated that it would consider only bids of $22,000 or more. Although other bids were received, only Huppert's was high enough to meet that requirement.

--Rejected a $1,740 claim from Wisconsin Bell, d/b/a AT&T Wisconsin. The company claims that on Dec. 15, 2004, Pierce County Highway Department workers, who were mowing a ditch along Hwy. 65 near Beldenville, damaged a phone company pole and cable.

--Agreed to charge a $15 fee for out-of-county residents who request fingerprint services from the sheriff's department. This includes workers such as teachers and bankers who need fingerprint cards for their jobs.

According to the resolution, people from Minnesota have been coming to Pierce County for the service because it has been free here.

--Authorized the payment of $6,150 for care of soldiers' graves. This amounts to an annual payment of $3 apiece for 2,050 graves at 45 cemeteries.

--Authorized paying $2,022 to town, city and village officials who list dogs. These treasurers listed 4,044 dogs. They are paid 50 cents a dog. The money comes from the county's dog license fee.

--Authorized paying $625 to Jerome Maier, who reported that five of his ewes were killed by a pack of five dogs last Jan. 30. The money comes from the county's dog license fund.

--Received a request from Joseph J. Traynor Jr. and Lynette F. Traynor to rezone 200.75 acres from Exclusive Agriculture to General Rural and 36.25 acres from Exclusive Agriculture to Primary Agriculture.

Although the Traynors plan to continue farming the land, county staff advised that the rezoning "provides a significant increase in the residential density potential" for the property.

Rezoning the smaller parcel will allow the Traynors to build a new house in a wooded area.

The request was introduced at last week's meeting and will come back for approval at the next meeting.