Coming to the end of 2015, the Yellow Medicine County Board took a look at wages for 2016.
The Commissioners approved a 2 percent increase to wages for the non-union employees.

Coming to the end of 2015, the Yellow Medicine County Board took a look at wages for 2016.
The Commissioners approved a 2 percent increase to wages for the non-union employees.

This increase was also approved for the Sheriff and County Attorney. Alongside the two percent cost of living increase, the Commissioners ended up approveing a  $200 VEBA/HSA (Voluntary Employee’s Beneficiary Association/Health Savings Accounts) contribution for the non-union employees, Sheriff, and County Attorney. This increase and VEBA contribution was approved for the non-union department heads as well.

The non-union department head salaries after the increase are:
County Administrator: $103,488
Human Services Director $85,032
Property & Public Services Directors: $73,454
IT Director $71,163
Planning & Zoning Director $52,901
Veterans Ervice Officer: $57, 626
Head Maintenance Supervisor: $52,269
Restorative Justice Director: $71,163

As for themselves, the County Commissioners decided to take a 2 percent increase in their wages as well. The motion, which was made by Greg Renneke and was seconded by Gary Johnson. Commissioner  Ron Antony was the only dissenting vote. The two percent increase brings elected official salaries to:

County Attorney: $103, 488
Sheriff: $89,397
Commissioners: $21, 918

This increase was not made without a few bumps in the road. Antony was not fond of taking a two percent increase, and made a motion to deny the increase but to still take the VEBA contribution. The motion ended up dying at the table.

The Commissioners also decided to pass on increasing their per diem rate, a rate of pay that they receive for attending meetings or workshops, and unanimously agreed to take the established $100 rate.

In other news
•  New county employees Conrad Osland, the new Chemical Health Specialist, and Brian Rosenau, the new Deputy Assessor, were introduced to the board.
The resignation of Highway Crew Foreman Dennis Kvistad was approved by the commissioners. Also, the employment of Rick Wandersee as the Head Maintenance Engineer was approved.

• A public hearing was held during the meeting to discuss possibility of creating an ordinance in regards to ATV use on County roads. No members of the public attended the hearing. However, discussion between the commissioners and Sheriff BIll Flaten led the board to focus on whether or not it was necessary to demand that riders would need to register for a permit before riding on County roads. The board favored the possibility of not requiring ATV riders to have to register with Yellow Medicine County in order to have road access, but riders would need to meet the standard requirements for ATV use, such as age and drivers license restriction.

County Administrator Peg Hegland agreed to modify the ordinance stating and will be brining it to the board for them to make a motion on modified ordinance during the next county board issue.

• The board approved the construction of a structure by Soine Construction for the Highway Shop at the YMC Sheriff’s Office.