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Crow Wing County Board: Board approves labor agreement

The Crow Wing County Board Tuesday approved a labor agreement with six supervisory employees. The Organization of Non-Contract Employees and the county arranged a three-year agreement, extending through 2019. Represented by this organization are ...

The Crow Wing County Board Tuesday approved a labor agreement with six supervisory employees.

The Organization of Non-Contract Employees and the county arranged a three-year agreement, extending through 2019. Represented by this organization are five employees from the highway department, including the assistant county engineer, the engineering coordinator, the maintenance supervisor, the fleet manager and the assistant maintenance supervisor. It also includes the administrative manager in the county attorney's office.

The organization agreed to the county's new pay plan and performance-based pay system, which were approved by the board at its Jan. 3 meeting. The changes included reducing the number of pay grades from 30 to 13, along with reducing the number of possible performance ratings from five to three.

Eliminated was the option to select a comprehensive major medical insurance option in favor of the county's most popular employee health insurance plan, which includes a high deductible. The county contribution for the high-deductible plan is no more than $2,600 for single coverage, or $5,200 for family coverage. The eliminated option will continue to be available to existing retirees, as long as it is offered by Blue Cross Blue Shield.

The plan was approved 3-0 following a closed session for the purpose of labor strategy. Commissioners Paul Koering and Rachel Reabe Nystrom were not present.

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In other business, the county board:

Approved a resolution allowing the Crow Wing County Housing and Residential Authority to manage grants received from the Small Cities Development Program. The funds are used for a commercial and residential rehabilitation program in Deerwood, Ironton, Crosby and Emily.

Entered a contract with R. L. Larson Excavating for the reconstruction of County Highway 33, from County Highway 30 in Ironton to Highway 210 in Crosby. The engineer's estimate was $2,985,454.55.

Approved a grant agreement with the state for funding used to offset boat and water safety activities performed by the sheriff's office. The grant funds up to $65,750 in costs.

Approved an out-of-state travel request for Deborah Erickson to attend the next meeting of the Elections Assistance Commission Standards Board. The meeting is April 25-28 in San Antonio, with all expenses covered by the commission.

Approved several maintenance contracts for the highway department, including for graveling, gravel maintenance and dust control.

Approved a new tobacco license for SuperAmerica in the city of Jenkins.

Accepted a $150 donation from Michael and Ginger House to fund a contractor workshop.

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Approved the hiring of Billie Jo Mainerich, part-time aquatic invasive species coordinator in land services, and Katie Yaunick, accounting technician in administrative services.

Accepted the departures of the following employees: Kathy Gross, administrative associate in the sheriff's office; Taylor Halverson, correctional officer in the sheriff's office; and Katie Bobich, program and policy analyst in land services.

Approved staffing for several temporary and seasonal positions, including: three engineering assistants in the highway department; a technical support intern and geographic information system intern in administrative services; an AIS technician in land services; and three boat and water deputies and three recreational assistants in the sheriff's office.

Chelsey Perkins is the community editor of the Brainerd Dispatch. A lakes area native, Perkins joined the Dispatch staff in 2014. She is the Crow Wing County government beat reporter and the producer and primary host of the "Brainerd Dispatch Minute" podcast.
Reach her at chelsey.perkins@brainerddispatch.com or at 218-855-5874 and find @DispatchChelsey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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