Commissioners make JP full time

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By Adam Jerome, I-O Reporter

At the regularly scheduled county commissioners meeting, officials held a public hearing on increasing the Justice of the Peace position to full-time.

Due to increased ceilings for small claims, civil action and increased criminal cases over the years more cases are coming into the justice court that used to be handled in the district court.

County commissioners motioned and approved to make the JP a full-time elected position, effective July 1.

The current JP salary, standing at $32,786 and 81.25 percent of full-time will see an increase in pay of about 19 percent.

There will be no change in office hours for the Justice of the Peace, regarding the public, but additional time will be used for administrative duties.

In other business, commissioners approved an increase in county contribution for health insurance to full premium for employee only coverage.

Currently at $300 a month per full-time employee or 71 percent of full premium the increase will put the county’s contribution to $450 a month.

The increase will put Pondera County in line with most other counties in the area.

The permissive levy will be imposed to fund the difference in costs.

Finally, a road opening was approved for Russell Aiken for utility placement.  Aiken plans on putting in a culvert for irrigation purposes.

The county commissioners met every Wednesday at 10 a.m. in their office at the courthouse.  The public is always encouraged to attend and see their government in action.