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January 16th Richland County Board Meeting

The Richland County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday morning and heard a presentation from Patrick Glynn, Senior Consultant from Carlson Dettmann Consulting to adopt a pay plan for county employees.

He stated the goal is to get jobs aligned properly. Elements of a successful project is internal equity and external competitiveness. There also needs to be consistent methodology and transparency. The Market Place should be revised periodically. Every three to four years is a good recommendation for review. The final analysis is that there is a delicate balancing act between fairness and fiscal issues. The program recommended to the county is an 8 step program with a control point of 90% of the marketplace. Each step is a two percent pay raise increment.

Upon completion of Glynn's presentation the board approved a resolution which grants general government employees with two or more years of employment to be placed at step three. Employees whose wages are currently above Step 3 will be placed at the next step that provides an increase in compensation. Employees with less than two years of continuous employment and new hires will be placed at Step 1. After an employee passes probation they will go to Step 2. The effective date for the general government compensation plan, except for the County Highway Department, will be effective at the start of the second pay period in April.

Employees at Pine Valley Community Village with two or more years of employment will be placed at Step 4. Employees whose wages are currently above Step 4 will be placed at the next step that provides an increase in compensation. Employees with less than two years of employment and new hires will be placed at Step 2. After an employee passes probation, the employee will be placed at Step 3. After two years from the date of hire, the employee shall be placed at Step 4. Employees at Pine Valley Community Village and the Highway Department shall see this program implemented at the start of the first pay period in April.

General provisions of this resolution also include: An employee whose rate of pay as of April 1, exceeds the maximum rate for their position's pay grade shall have their wages frozen until such time as the pay structure, through amendments, meets or exceeds their rate of pay; no current County employee shall incur a reduction in their base pay as a result of this resolution; and Step progressions will automatically occur every other year, with the next progression on the Steps to occur at the first pay period in January 2020.

The Richland County Board of Supervisors budgeted $200,000 for the implementation of this wage study. To implement the program in January would cost $266,000, therefore by backing up the start date to April the funding will be there.

Emergency Management Director, Darin Gudgeon, gave a report about the Richland County Ambulance Service which has been operating since 1972. It is currently operating at the Advance EMT Level. In Wisconsin there are five EMS provider levels: Emergency Medical Responder which in Richland County includes Ithaca First Responders, Yuba First Responders, and Western Richland County Responders; Emergency Medical Technician which for Richland County includes Lone Rock Rescue, Blue River Rescue, La Farge Area Ambulance, Kickapoo Rescue, and Muscoda Rescue; Advanced Emergency Medical Technician is the Richland County Ambulance Service; Intermediate, which there are none in this area at this time; and Paramedic which is provided to the area by Baraboo Area Ambulance Service. Gudgeon made it perfectly clear that they are fiscally responsible, supporting themselves without county funding and ending each year in the black.

In other action items the Richland County Board of Supervisors elected Bill Condon to the position of Highway Commissioner, replacing Jim Chitwood who retired. The board also approved a resolution updating job descriptions for positions in the Department of Health & Human Services. By re-configuring these jobs and descriptions HHS can save over $100,000. Also amended was an ordinance relating to authorizing travel by all-terrain vehicles and utility-terrain vehicles on certain County Trunk Highways; and approval to purchase a used bulldozer valued at $110,000 was given. The highway department will be trading in a bulldozer valued at $50,632, putting the overall cost of the transaction to $59,368. The board of supervisors also approved county board per diem and mileage claims for 2017 totaling $51,415.

Four retirees from Pine Valley Community Village were recognized for their years of service this morning (Tuesday): Activities Director, Tami Boelman, retired after 29-1/2 years; Unit Clerk, Ellen Alvin served for over 17-1/2 years; Carol Danehy, a registered nurse, retired after over 17 years; and Sharon Haug worked as a food service worker for over 22 years.