The Fremont County Supervisors approved 5% raises for the county’s eight elected officials at their Feb. 17 meeting, based on Compensation Board recommendations.
Rick Mount, a member of the Compensation Board, spoke to the supervisors, acknowledging that the county had been in financial trouble since 2011, but pointing out raises were past due. Mount said two years ago, the board had approved 2% raises, and last year they approved 1% raises. With standard cost of living raises being 3% per year, Mount told the supervisors the county was behind.
Mount said the compensation board had also spoken with Fremont County Auditor Dee Owen regarding resources available, and believed the county could afford to give higher raises this year. Mount said the compensation board was suggesting 5% raises. He added that the people on the compensation board are all taxpayers in the county, with a vested interest in what happens there, and that they wanted to spend taxpayers’ money in this way. He also added that a 5% raise would make up for where they had been.
Mount told the supervisors Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope had checked with surrounding sheriffs to see how much they were making annually, and it ranged from $80-85,000. Aistrope makes $69,000; a 5% raise would still only bring him to $72,000, well below surrounding sheriff wages.
Mount concluded that the county had good elected officials working for it, and said, “We need to appreciate them or they’ll go elsewhere.”
The supervisors approved a 5% raise for the eight elected officials unanimously.
Troy Housh, Fremont County maintenance, talked to the board about the Lawn World contract. Housh said it was an annual contract for seeding and fertilization, among other things. Housh said the county had been participating in a five step program, and also needed to sign up for spring and fall aeration this year.
Housh noted that prices for these programs were actually down from last year, and would cost $908 for the five step program and $245 for the aeration program. The supervisors approved signing up for both items for the next year.
Deputy Fremont County Engineer Robbie Kromminga brought in several requests to pay for engineering and design services rendered. The supervisors approved payment of vouchers for:
• $3,100.37 for engineering/surveying services for Hwy J-64;
• $58,104.29 for engineering/surveying services for FEMA projects L-40 and L-31 flood repairs;
• $1,047.93 for engineering services for emergency repair construction services on road J-64;
• $379.74 for an IDOT payment voucher with HGM Associates for engineering services for road J-10 design, and
• $2,789.88 for an IDOT payment voucher with HGM Associates for engineering services for road J-24 emergency repairs from the northbound I-29 on/off ramp to the west corporate limits of Thurman.