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Co. Compensation Bd Proposes 3.9% Salary Increase

(LeMars) -- It took a while to reach an agreement, but the Plymouth County Compensation Board was finally able to agree on a salary level for elected county employees and the County Supervisors.  Compensation Board Chairman Craig Bauerly says the system does work.

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Each of the Compensation board members believe the elected officials are entitled to a salary raise.  John Koley wanted the compensation board to consider a two-tier approach with both a base salary increase along with an increase for the cost of living expenses.  Board chairman Craig Bauerly countered Koley's proposal by saying he would not reccommend a salary base plus a cost of living increase.  Board member Larry Peterson reminded the Compensation Board that they need to be realistic with their recommendation to the Supervisors.  The Compensation Board started the discussion with a range of a bottom figure of three percent up to the ceiling of four and a half percent increase.  The first motion was to grant an across the board salary increase of 3 percent which failed from not receiving a second.  The second motion was a proposal for a salary raise of 3.5  percent increase in salary.  The motion failed on a 6 to 1 vote against the salary increase.  The board then decided to split the percentage of salary increases with the elected officials receiving a 4.5% increase and the supervisors were to get a 2.5% increase.  That proposal was defeated on a 4 to 3 vote against the measure.  Board member John Koley then made a motion consisting of a 4.8 percent increase for the elected officials and a 3.6 percent increase for the supervisors.  That motion failed due to not having a second.  Chairman Bauerly proposed a rate of 3.5 percent increase for the elected officials and for the supervisors to get a 2.5 percent increase.  That motion failed for not receiving a second to the motion.  Jeremy Bunkers then submitted a proposal that met with approval with the majority of the compensation board.  The proposal was to give elected officials  a 3.9% percent increase and the supervisors are to receive a 3 percent increase.  The measure passed on a 4-3 approval vote.  The proposal will be officially and formally  submitted to the County Board of Supervisors for their consideration during their next meeting.  Bauerly says it is now in the hands of the supervisors.


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County Compensation Board To Meet

(LeMars) -- Plymouth County elected employees will get some idea as to whether or not salary increases will occur for next year.  This afternoon the Plymouth County Compensation Board will meet for the second time to review and discuss county employees' salaries.  They will then offer their suggestions to the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors for when the supervisors start the process of establishing a budget for next fiscal year.  Craig Bauerly seerves as the chairman for the Compensation Board, and explains what will take place during this afternoon's meeting.

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That meeting will start at 3:00 p.m. and will be held at the Plymouth County Courthouse at the Board of Supervisors meeting chambers. 

 

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Families in western Iowa's Mills County who were affected by this year's flooding along the Missouri River may be able to get as much as $1,000 from the American Red Cross.
   The Loess Hills Chapter of the Red Cross is offering the money to flood victims.
     Julie Chavez says she hopes her family will qualify for the Red Cross money because they were unable to get help from FEMA.
     Chavez says her family's home was surrounded by floodwaters in June, causing thousands of dollars of damage.
     The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released massive amounts of water from the dams along the Missouri River this year to deal with heavy rains and above-average snowmelt, causing record flooding in Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri.

 

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Wright County man convicted of second-degree murder in a 1996 shooting, ruling prosecutors improperly suppressed a state investigative file.
     Jose Aguilera was found guilty of killing Jesus Garcia, of Rowan, while he was inside a car near a party in Rowan. Aguilera was sentenced to 50 years in prison. It wasn't under 2006 when
defense lawyers received a file containing details of interviews by a state investigator.
     The court ruled Friday the statements would have provided evidence that Aguilera could have used "to bolster his claim of an accidental shooting."
     Defense attorney Marty Elberg says the court recognized that prosecutors can't hold back information. The attorney general's office is reviewing its options.
   

 

   

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