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Some county employees to get raises
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BOC Raises

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners Thursday said yes to all recent requests for money.

Several requests were for more money to pay salaries.

The largest percentage of funds, nearly 30 percent, will go to EMS/Fire at $27,039.45 for salaries. The elections board will receive the least, $832.27 or .90 percent of the compensation increase proposal.

With a motion by District 2 Commissioner James Swafford and seconded by Commissioner Jimmy Hamby, District 3, the board unanimously approved the distribution of $92,474.17 to government departments for distribution by respective department heads and elected officials.

"Elected officials and department heads have the discretion to reward their best performing employees," County Manager Cindy Campbell said. "They have a better idea of who that might be."

In other words, not every county employee could see an increase in salary.

The only stipulation is that the person be employed at least six months.

Raises will be effective from pay period 13 which is about mid-year, according to Campbell.

In 2014 county employees received a one-time two percent increase.

The sheriff's office was excluded as its budget is separate from the countys.

District Attorney Lee Darragh received funding for a fourth assistant district attorney whose focus will be Dawson County, after a 3-1 vote in favor of his request. Commissioner James Swafford voted against the request.

A request made by Delinda Umberger on behalf of Aqua Design Pools and Spas to rezone 1.9 acres from residential agricultural (RA) to Commercial Highway Business (CHB) was approved. Opposition was expressed by residents Bryan Martin, Debbie Keller and Chris Sharp whose properties border the Allan Thomas Road acreage. Their concerns focused on increased traffic, noise and chemical contamination of nearby ponds and creeks and were addressed by Umberger who explained that the business designs pools and spas and does not manufacture them on site.

In other county business, the following requests passed by unanimous vote:

Dawson County Emergency Services Director Billy Thurmond was granted approval of the renewal for EMPG funding which would be used to fund the Swift Reach 911 emergency notification systems. It is a 50/50 match of $7,199 for the county and the state.

A budget increase for tax assessor's attorney fees of $17,000.

A request to install an ATM in the atrium in the county's government center which will be available to citizens and county employees. The install date has yet to be determined.

The request for a special event business license for the Marine Maxboat show Sept.18-28.