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|County Board Disapproves of Pay Increases, Splits on HVAC Costs
|The Knox County Board met Wednesday evening and started things off by approving a board member's resignation.
District Two Republican William Abel resigned from his position on the Knox County board - which received unanimous approval.
The Board saw similar discussion take place regarding several committee items in recent weeks.
The Galesburg Election Commission employees were hoping for a pay increase of 14 percent.
District Three Democrat Pam Davidson says she can't see the County spending that much on the increase.s support for the measure.
"We cannot afford it and for them to be a non-union, even though they set their costs of how much they get, not negotiating, but still, 14 percent is a large increase," says Davidson.
The request would put the employees more in line with comparable communities. District Two Democrat Paul Stewart expressed his support for the measure.
"I don't feel the salaries they're asking for are out of line in comparison to a similar sized election commission," says Stewart. "In addition to that, whether we like it or not, they have the authority to set the salaries themselves."
The matter failed, 10-1 after some brief discussion, 10-1.
The Board also took up the possible installation of a new HVAC system at the Highway Department Office from Klinger and Associates. Pointed questions were asked regarding the ROI (Return on Investment) of the purchase as well as the costs associated with the upgrade.
District Four Republican Shawn Pitman says the Offices are looking at a lot of years to recoup the investment.
"It's costing you nothing to heat that building in the winter as long as you're utilizing that wood burner," says Pitman. "Then you're using the other boiler as supplemental heat, so why would you want to eliminate something that's costing you nothing to operate?"
The Board voted 6-6 on the item - which under County rules means the measure was voted down.
|05 29 13 by Newsroom
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