Commission OKs budget, EMA employee

first_img The Pike County Commission went into executive session Monday night prior to approving the $12 million FY2011 budget that includes a 1.5 percent across the board cost of living pay raise for county employees and elected officials and funding for an additional fulltime EMA employee.Commission Chairman Jimmy Barron said the approval process had been a long one and expressed appreciation to the staff for all the hard work that has gone into the process.“And, I thank the commissioners for working together on the budget,” Barron said. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Email the author Commission OKs budget, EMA employee Sponsored Content The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Print Article Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Published 8:58 pm Monday, September 27, 2010 Book Nook to reopencenter_img Commissioner Charlie Harris said coming to an agreement on the FY2011 budget was the hardest that it has been in his 20 years.The 1.5 percent cost of living pay raise was agreed upon by the commissioners at the Sept. 21 meeting, as was the hiring of the additional EMA employee. However, at Tuesday’s meeting, Commissioner Oren Fannin expressed concern about the hiring of another fulltime EMA position and suggested waiting until Christmas to make a decision and then hiring based on specified qualifications.Jeanna Barnes, EMA director, submitted a job description for the new position and it was approved by the commission. You Might Like County elected officials respond to challenge The gauntlet has been thrown down and several county officials have responded to the challenge. Pike County Commission Chairman Jimmy… read more Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel By Jaine Treadwell Latest Stories The commission approved the request of the $2,500 matching funds.The commission voted to renew its liability insurance with the Witherington Insurance Group at a lower premium with increased coverage and approved a contract with S & W Computer Service, which is included in the budget.Fannin brought the county’s driveway policy before the commission but no action was taken.Presently, the county installs driveways at no cost to the property owner except the cost of the pipe and maintains the driveways at no cost the life of the pipe.Russell Oliver, county engineer, said the cost of the installation is between $500 and $3,000 depending on the site and size. Maintaining the driveways is “expensive” Oliver said.The commissioners approved the county’s holiday calendar with two additional half days, one on Nov. 24 and the other on Dec. 23. “The new position requires specific skills and a lot of education,” Barnes said. “And, at some point, we need to write a new job description for the EMA director’s position. It is outdated.”The commission approved the hiring of the position, but members did not specify in open meeting how the hiring process will be handled.Barnes also asked the commission for $2,500 matching funds in order complete a $33,000 EMPG grant.“We have about $15,000 in EMPG grant funds that must be spent before the grant expires or we lose the money,” Barnes said. “Only certain things such as technology, sirens, alarm systems, furniture and booster signal service are allowed under the grant program.” By The Penny Hoarderlast_img read more