County Notes 2/21/13

Board OKs contract with probation officers

A two-year contract with Washington County probation officers that has no pay raises for 2012 and 2013 but includes additional money this year for probation officers assigned as an intensive supervision officer was ratified Tuesday by the Board of Commissioners.

The contract runs Jan. 1, 2012 through Dec. 31 and contains no general pay increase during the period. But starting this Jan. 1, intensive supervision unit probation officers will receive an additional $100 per pay period.
Employees below the maximum of the salary range in 2012 and 2013 are eligible for an increase of up to 1.5 percent not to exceed the salary range maximum on their employment anniversary date.

Employees at their maximum salary are eligible for a non-base lump sum payment of 1.5 percent of their salary on their anniversary date. In 2013, employees at their maximum salary range are eligible for a non-base lump sum of 2 percent on their anniversary date.

Board accepts grant; honors ballplayer

A Minnesota Historical Society grant to pay for repairs on the Washington County Historical Courthouse in Stillwater was accepted Tuesday by the Board of Commissioners.

In a separate history-related action, commissioners named Feb. 26 “Bud” Fowler Day in the county in recognition of John W. Jackson, also known as Bud Fowler, the first African-American professional baseball player who played with the Stillwater club in the Northwestern League.

The county will receive $85,000 from the MHS for restoration of damaged and deteriorating flashing, fascia and soffits at the Historic Courthouse. The grant pays 50 percent of the estimated $170,000 project cost.
The Historic Courthouse restoration fund pays for the remaining 50 percent of the work and no county levy money is used.

The project is expected to be finished later this year.

The board’s recognition of Jackson comes on the 100th anniversary of his death. A Cooperstown, N.Y., native, Jackson used the name Bud Fowler to become the first African-American professional baseball player in Massachusetts.

Fowler played for Stillwater’s Northwestern League team in 1884, leading the club in pitching and batting that season.

Lamprecht named to groundwater panel

Elden Lamprecht of Oakdale was named to the Washington County Groundwater Advisory Committee by the Board of Commissioners Tuesday.

Lamprecht serves a first term on the panel that expires Dec. 31, 2014.
The GAC, set up by state law, advises the County Board on development, content, implementation, periodic reviews and revisions to the county groundwater management plan. The panel this year provides input on updates to the next 10-year groundwater management plan.