2017-12-07 / Local News

Raises go to Rd. Comm. administrators

The Leelanau County Road Commission administrative staff will get 2 percent raises in the coming year.

The raises, which will cost $8,131 annually, were unanimously approved by the county Road Commission at its Tuesday meeting. They will go into effect in January.

Those receiving the raises are Joe Nedow, finance director; Jim Johnson, engineer; Dave Priest, superintendent; Gino Grimaldi, Maple City foreman; Dustin Albrecht, fleet and facilities manager; and Lynn Herman, payroll specialist.

Also receiving a 2 percent raise is Dan Wagner, managing director. Wagner is currently paid $79,950.

The cost-of-living raises approved for the administrators, who are nonunion, is the same as that given to union workers earlier this year per their contract.

In other business, a public hearing was held for the 2018 Road Commission budget, which will likely be approved at the Dec.19 meeting.

The proposed budget shows revenues and expenses of $7.6 million. The budget also shows the Road Commission starting the year with a fund balance of $375,000 and finishing the year with a $354,680 in that fund.

No comments from the public were made on the proposed budget.

Trustees also approved ballot language for the renewal of a 0.5-mill road tax that has been in place since 1986. The tax, which has been renewed by voters every two years, will be on the August ballot.

The tax would bring in $1,318,484 in the coming year, with funds used first for snow removal and to keep snow plows and other equipment up to date. Money not used in winter maintenance is rolled into the Road Commission’s summer seal-coat program.

– By Patti Brandt Burgess

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