Raises approved for county elected officials

   In discussing salary increase for the coming year, it was noted that a 3.8 percent COLA (Cost of Living Allowance) is authorized by the state.
   Along with that COLA increases plus a .2 percent, 1.2 percent and a 1.7 percent raise(s) were discussed by the board.
Hoppes noted that a permissive levy would need to be passed, but not if the five percent increase was approved.
   McFarland commented, “I’d shoot for the five percent wage increase.”
   The motion was made to increase salaries for elected officials by five percent. After a second, it passed on a unanimous vote of the board, 9-0. Ries had to leave the public hearing before the actual vote was taken. Commissioner Christiaens vote was recorded by phone.
   There were no members of the public in attendance at the hearing.
   In other action by the county commissioners, a task order was approved for a maternal and child health grant.
   The county health department will receive $7,772 for allowable services. Passed on a vote of 3-0.
   A road opening agreement requested by 3 River Communications, to engage in excavation on and under the Meridian and Midway roads for the purpose of installing fiber optic cable. This action was passed on a vote of 3-0.
   A request for family medical leave, beginning on July 1, was also approved on a 3-0 vote.
   The next regular business meeting of the commissioners will be on June 4, 10 a.m. in the commissioner’s officer of the Pondera County Courthouse.