Roberts said he could support a 3 percent pay increase in 2014 for employees, if the paid lunch hours were eliminated.
“I can support the raise if the employees are paid eight hours of pay for eight hours of work,” Roberts said. “It would benefit the employees and the taxpayers.”
Auditor Martha Lake said many of the women working for the county have children and a change in hours would cause baby sitting problems. She said it would also take away from time with their families.
Roberts said he didn’t want to micro-manage the county departments and would allow each elected official and department head to determine how it would be achieved. Commissioner Paul Wyman said work is being done on a revision of the county’s employee handbook. He said the changes would address the issues of compensatory time, overtime and the paid lunch hour.
The revisions to the handbook are expected within the next few months. It will be interesting to see what the commissioners recommend to the council.
What’s a majority?
During the lengthy discussion concerning the Wildcat Wind Farm project in eastern Howard County, opponent Grace Aprill proudly presented the commissioners with 2,000 petitions signed by people against wind farms in the county. Wind farm proponents quickly noted that there are 152,000 people in Grant and Howard counties combined, putting a question mark on Aprill’s claims of a majority.