County Notes 7/25/13

Board OKs labor agreement

The Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved a labor agreement with the county’s correctional officers and communications dispatchers following an arbitrator’s ruling.
The two-year contract runs from Jan. 1, 2012 to Dec. 31. In 2012 and 2013, employees below the maximum salary range will receive a 1.5 percent range movement increase on their employment anniversary date. In 2012, employees at their maximum salary range will receive a 1.5 percent non-base lump sum payment on their employment anniversary date.
In 2013, employees at the maximum salary range will receive a 2 percent non-base lump sum payment on their employment anniversary date. Similar to other county employees, no general pay adjustments were given in 2011 or 2012.
The new contract also increases the employees uniform allowance from $425 to $530 for 2012 and 2013.

Online health survey continues

Washington County residents can still participate in an online survey identifying the top health issues in the county.
The confidential survey takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete and covers a range of health issues: alcohol and tobacco use, access to medical and dental services, children’s health and environmental concerns. Survey results will help county officials understand citizen health priorities.
County residents can access the survey link at www.surveymonkey.com/s/wchealth or at www.co.washington.mn.us. Spanish-speaking residents can obtain a Spanish language version of the survey from the Department of Public Health and Environment at 651-430-6655.
The survey is open until Aug. 30.

Board approves re-roofing work

Thelen Heating & Roofing was awarded a $756,000 contract to re-roof the Washington County Courthouse in Stillwater Tuesday by the Board of Commissioners.
The work involves replacing the roof’s 66,000-square-foot rubber membrane system and should take two months to finish.
The courthouse roof was last replaced in 1986-1989 and the standard life expectancy of rubber membrane roof systems is 15 to 20 years.

Springsted gets assessment contract

The Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday selected Springsted, Inc., to prepare an economic development assessment for the county.
The $56,700 contract calls for Springsted to study the current state of economic development in the county and provide information on possible expanded roles for the county. Money for the study comes out of budget savings from previous years.
Commissioners identified economic development as a key county issue during  recent county strategic planning sessions.

VFW Auxiliary gets gambling permit

An off-site gambling permit requested by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 323 for the upcoming Washington County Fair was approved Tuesday by the Board of Commissioners.
Because the fair runs July 31 through Aug. 4 and event gambling permits are limited to three days per application, the auxiliary needed two permits to sell pull-tabs at the fair.
The VFW Auxiliary’s application goes to the State Gambling Control Board for approval.

Compiled by Erik Sandin – erik.sandin@ecm-inc.com

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