Extra pay for architectural duties raises ire of county supervisors|
|The Langlade County Board of Supervisors clashed this morning over a plan to provide some extra cash for additional duties undertaken by the director of facilities management.|
The regular May session dissolved into a debate over a plan to pay Nate Heuss, who handles the facilities responsibilities, an additional $13,000 for performing duties that had previously been handled on a contractual basis by an outside firm at a cost of more than $20,000 per year.
Heuss was hired in January of 2011 with the added responsibility of architectural appraisal and construction included in his job description. But the increase in pay that would normally come with more duties was delayed until now following a review of the county’s compensation matrix.
The plan for additional funds did not sit well will all members of the board.
“I do not see how you can justify giving this man $13,000 when he has almost no projects and he just sits in his office,” Supervisor Mike Klimoski argued.
Board member Joe Novak agreed.
“With a raise of 25 percent and other county employees have gotten just one, can we really justify that?” he asked.
Corporation Counsel Robin Stowe reviewed Heuss’s original contract, noting that the director has done work beyond the scope of his original position.
“You’re just putting frosting on it, Robin,” Klimoski responded.
Supervisor Robert Benishek was quick to come to the defense of Heuss.
“This man does not just sit in his office,” Benishek said. “We are keeping him busy. Now is the time to address this situation.”
Novak offered a motion, with Klimoski seconding, to decrease the Heuss raise from $13,000 to $8,000. That plan lost, 14-6.
After more discussion, some of it a bit spicy, the $13,000 proposal was approved, 14-6. That spice brought a suggestion from board chair David Solin that Klimoski damper his comments.
A proposal for the joint operation of the Safety Building complex beween the city of Antigo and Langlade County was next to the floor, and it was quietly approved, 20-0.
The the plan will allow the city of Antigo and county to share in some expenses for their large complex on Second Avenue and Edison Street.
A similar proposal was approved last week by the Antigo Common Council.
An easement to allow the city’s walking path to cross county land near the fairgrounds was approved on a 19-1 vote.
The easement will provide a link to the trail extending from Fourth Avenue to North Elementary School with future plans to connect with Charlotte Court and the north side residential and business complex.
SUPERVISORS HONORED—Several former members of the Langlade County Board of Supervisors were on hand for this morning’s meeting, collecting plaques honoring them for their years of service. From left are Patricia McKinney-Rice, who served District Eight, representing Antigo’s Eighth Ward, for over 18 years; Jerrold Burns, District 13, towns of Ainsworth, Elcho Ward 2 and Langlade Ward 2, eight years; Board Chairman Dave Solin, who presented the plaques; and Rick Bina, District 14, towns of Ackley, Parrish, Summit and Vilas, four years. Not available for the photo were Gene Kamps, 30 years serving District 12, towns of Norwood and Polar Ward 2; Jeffrey Zalewski, District 13, town of Antigo Ward One, four years; and Gary Johnson, District 15, town of Elcho Ward One, several months as an appointee.
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