Wage Study Unveiled For Personnel Committee
Marinette County Administrator John LeFebvre presented a power point report on the Carlson Dettman Wage study to the County Board's Personnel Committee on Monday, May 15, and will present it again to the full County Board on Tuesday, May 30.
LeFebvre at this point is recommending the least costly implementation plan, but one that provides at least some wage increase for every position on the wage scale. Cost of implementation, depending on how quickly all county employees are moved to the correct pay level for their job grade and years of experience, could range from $1,937,641 to $475,043 year. Since 2017 will be at least half gone before implementation begins, impact on this years' budget will be half that - between $112,479 and $968,820 for the remainder of the year.
If all employees were immediately paid at the level they qualify for on the study, impact on the remaining half of this budget year would be $968,829, and create a deficit of $618,820 in the budget for payroll.
Putting everyone at a step that gives at least a 25 cent per hour raise would cost $321,324 for the remainder of the year and leave $28,676 in the payroll budget. Under that plan, total county payroll would come to $14,712,866. LeFebvre indicated he will recommend the 25 cent per hour raise option.
LeFebvre stressed that they need to balance the need to stay competitive with the market if they want to hire and retain high quality employees with the need to live within budget limitations.
In other action at the meeting, the committee approved creating a conservation generalist position as recommended by Greg Cleereman, who is moving into the land Information Director's post vacated by LeFebvre's move to County Administrator. Cleereman explained the 580 hours that person will work are funded by private sources. Depending pay grade of the person hired, cost will be between $8,431 and $10,531 for the summer.
LeFebvre explained the county received $3,000 from Trout Unlimited for a stream crossing study and there will be a Small lakes Grant for an invasive species study in the trout waters of the upper Peshtigo River similar to studies done recently on the Pike and Pemme Bon rivers. LeFebvre said they may get grant dollars that the county can in turn to grant to towns for culverts improvements that benefit fish spawning.
Proposed projects for the Conservation Generalist person this year include a week of harvesting Eurasian Milfoil in Thunder Lake; a day of seeking and two days of destroying milfoil in Little Newton Lake; possibly three days of mostly searching for milfoil in Lundgren Lake (because last year's eradication was so remarkably successful), plus an aquatic plant survey, possible other studies, and data entry and analysis.
Work planned for the generalist on Beecher Lake includes diving to remove fence posts and other junk left in the lake by the siphons, aquatic plant survey and map of floating leaf vegetation, and an AP survey and data analysis.
Glen Lake is to have emergent and floating weeds mapped, a fish habitat survey, a riparian habitat survey and ranking, a new kiosk installed at the boat landing plus signage, an aquatic plant survey and Ap studies and data analysis.
The person hired is also to serve as a cabin counselor at the week-long Conservation Camp at Camp Bird, and do some pickups and deliveries of the Northwoods Journal.
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