Pay for commissioners, administrator, elected officials before board

Public hearing set for proposed 2013 county fee schedule

            Resolutions setting the 2013 salaries for Washingotn County Administrator Molly O’Rourke, Sheriff Bill Hutton and his chief deputy, County Attorney Pete Orput and his assistants and county commissioners will be considered Tuesday by the Board of Commissioners.

In other business, the board:

n Holds a public hearing on and approve revisions to the county’s proposed 2013 fee schedule.

n Is asked to accept a $30,000 donation to Washington County Library from the RAFT Charitable Foundation through Dorsey & Whitney Trust Co.

n Holds a closed meeting with Washington Public Works officials and attorneys to discuss an appeal option from the award to commissioners to the compensation and damages regarding an eminent domain case involving parcels owned by two Forest Lake businesses in connection with the Broadway Avenue project.

n Holds a workshop to discuss the 2013 residential survey process, review survey questions and offer input on the effort.

State law requires the board to set salaries for themselves, the county administrator and the two elected department heads and their top assistants. Besides O’Rourke, Hutton and Orput, commissioners will also establish salaries for Hutton’s chief deputy and Orput’s first assistant county attorney and executive assistant.

Besides setting their own 2013 salaries, commissioners will also establish their benefits and expenses for the coming year.

The public hear on county fees comes one week after commissioners discussed the new schedule with department heads. Highlights of the new schedule include increases in some fees for Washington County Parks’ campsites and shelters; new and simplified map fees and increases in plat fees charged to developers to bring plat fees in line with other metro-area counties.

The new fees would go into effect Jan. 1 if approved by the board. Officials said the fees help county departments recover some of the costs involved in providing various services to the public.

The RAFT Foundation donation to the WCL one of several annual foundation gifts to the county library system over the last several years. Commissioners accepted an earlier $30,000 foundation gift back on Jan. 10.

WCL officials said the money would be used to buy library materials for children and adults in various forms, including electronic books.

Commissioners will also hold a reception following their regular meeting for outgoing Commissioners Bill Pulkrabek and Dennis Hegberg. The two men are leaving the board after they were defeated in the November election.

The board meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the fifth-floor boardroom at the Stillwater Government Center.

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