Contracts OK’d for employees, libraries

Hamilton County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning approved three employment contracts for county workers and also approved the Fiscal Year 2014 county library contract.

Contracts for Dan Waid, county engineer, Patti Treibel, social services director and Kirby Winter, IT director, were approved. All three will receive a three percent wage increase. Waid’s salary will increase to $100,419 effective July 1. His contract will extend over a three year period, through 2016. Treibel’s wages would increase to $64,156 annually. Her contract was approved for one year. Supervisor David Young said the one year contract was in response to the ever-evolving mental health regionalization process going on in the state and the fact that Treibel’s duties could change.

“The one year contract is certainly no reflection on her work performance,” he said.

The IT director’s wages would increase to $88,483.

The supervisors also approved the annual county library contract. The funds provided to all libraries in the county is provides support for rural library cardholders. Bailey said the funds are distributed to the six libraries. The libraries also benefit from local option sales tax dollars, Bailey said.

The breakdown of funds are as follows: Kendall Young Library, $17,634.04; Jewell library, $12,149; Ellsworth, Stanhope, Stratford and Willams, $8,066.24 each. The funding represents an increase of more than $6,000, the first since 2005.

Korryn Johnson with Community and Family Resources, explained her agency’s Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant. She said the SPF-SIG is being used to promote social host liability laws throughout Hamilton County. The laws hold responsible those people who host events where alcohol is served and underage drinkers take part. Johnson said Webster City had passed such a law in recent years, and she plans to meet with the city councils in each of the county’s communities. She also urged the county to consider adopting a social host liability law for the rural areas of the county.

The supervisors also accepted the resignation of Dennis Jackson, a former sheriff’s deputy who had worked as a part-time prisoner transporter. Three Conservation Department workers – Kelly Yates, Kelly Haman and Troy Brinkman, each were approved for a $.25 per hour wage increase.