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Wages for the commission set to rise

REED CITY — Osceola County Commissioners will be seeing a slight wage increase in 2017.

At the Osceola County meeting on Tuesday, commissioners discussed raising the salaries of the commissioners for 2017 and 2018, or leaving the amount the same.

“I’ve watched townships do this, I watched villages do the same,” said Commissioner Mark Gregory. “Next thing you know, they are way behind, so when they give an increase they are almost doubling the salary to get up to that level.”

Commissioners approved raising the full-day per diem rate from $65 to $70 starting on Jan. 1, 2017. A full day is over four hours. 

Commissioners also approved setting salaries for county commissioners in 2017 and 2018 at $8,000 for the chairman, $6,500 for the vice-chairman and $6,000 for commissioners. Non-union employees and elected officials will receive a wage increase of 2 percent in 2017.

In other news, Technology Coordinator Jon-Thomas Burgess spoke to commissioners about a contract with I.T. Right.

I.T. Right is a technology service company which will network 100 computers to 10 servers. I.T. Right operates offsite and maintains accounts in their system. Users would be able to call into or email in issues so I.T. Right and Burgess would be alerted of any problems. 

These problems would be listed in a ticket system, and Burgess would be able to decide which issues he would handle, and which issues I.T. Right would be able to handle remotely, or send people out if Burgess needs them, he said.

Commissioners approved the contract with the company for $20,000. Commissioners also approved a proposal for $3,150 for an antivirus plan, when the current antivirus plan expires.

Commissioners also approved a bid of $47,000 from Fenstermacher Asphalt Paving LLC to pave the Osceola County Commission on Aging parking lot in Tustin.

“My goal is to get it done before Labor Day,” said Scott Schryer, Osceola County COA executive director. “We have Tustin Days on Labor Day weekend, and it would be great to have a fresh parking lot out there for that.”

Schryer also discussed the Veterans Choice Provider Agreement with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Aleda E. Lutz Medical Center for veteran services.

“You have to be a veterans choice provider,” Schryer said. “What that means is when we find a veteran who is qualified with the V.A., we inform them of this program and help them get situated with the V.A., then let them know all the agencies in our county that they can go to. They don’t have to go to us.”

Commissioners approved the agreement.

Schryer updated commissioners on 30 Kidde carbon monoxide detectors, which commissioners approved to be installed by area fire departments in the homes of elderly individuals living alone.

In other news, commissioners approved naming the extended driveway leading to the Central Michigan District Health Department and the proposed adult care facility. The drive will be named Professional Drive.