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December 5, 2013

Supervisors table compensation recommendations for elected officials

The Appanoose County Board of Supervisors less board member Neal Smith met in regular session Monday at 9 a.m. in the Boardroom of the Courthouse and tabled compensation board recommendations for elected officials until their Dec. l6 regular meeting.

The Appanoose County Compensation Board consists of Mark Dekker, Jimmy Underwood, Mike O’Connor, Bette Howell, RoseMary Porter and Ann Young.

The ACCB during their meeting Nov. 12 made the following salary recommendations for Appanoose County elected officials.

The salary for the board of supervisors would increase by 7.137 percent, the county auditor, recorder and treasurer each would increase by 4.095 percent, the county sheriff by 4.004 percent and the county attorney by 3 percent.

In other action:

The board approved a cell phone policy for Appanoose County employees. The county did not have a cell phone policy until the board approved this one.

The policy states it “is designed to comply with IRS guidelines, to promote the appropriate use of County funds and to treat employees fairly concerning cell phones used for work and personal purposes.”

Employees may use county-provided cell phones for personal use “so long as the cell phone is providing for substantial business purposes and not as a salary diversion; and shall be calculated to include only services needed by the employee for job performance.”

The use of personal cell phones at work is allowed under the policy, which recommends employees during work time can have from two to three short-duration calls.

The board approved a six-page back to work policy for Appanoose County employees. The purpose of the policy is “to provide guidelines for employees injured on the job and returning to work when able.”

The county did not have a back to work policy until the board approved this one.

Following a public hearing, the board approved the first reading of an zoning ordinance that changes property owned by Erman and Charlotte Long in Walnut Township from commercial to agricultural. The board waived the second and third readings.

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