The Woodward News

September 24, 2013

Pay raise closer for county workers

Rachael Van Horn
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Woodward County Commissioners on Monday morning approved a move that brings them a bit closer to being able to deliver a possible two percent raise for non-elected county workers.

In their normally scheduled meeting at the courthouse, county commissioners approved a resolution that will allow them to have their own salaries paid out of the county general fund rather than the highway funds, said District 1 Commissioner, Tommy Roedell.

The decision means workers could see a raise on their paychecks soon if a request in the last meeting by Woodward County Sheriff Gary Stanley for all non elected county workers to receive a raise stands under the scrutiny of the county's budget preparer and is approved by the board, Roedell said

According to Woodward County Clerk Charolett Waggoner, this is a year by year resolution so commissioners can change course if Woodward County has a reduced tax valuation in the future.

In other business, commissioners approved the lowest bid of five for the asbestos abatement and demolition contract for the OSU Extension office building at the Woodward County Fairgrounds.

The bid had gone through an approval process with the Woodward County Public Facilities Authority last week, said District 3 Commissioner, Vernie Matt.

Delta Environmental Services Company won the bid with its $48,282.00 bid against four other competitive bids. The next lowest bid was $65,675.00 and the highest bid was $89,900.00.

The county cash fund estimate of needs and appropriations for the month of September was $272,229.00, according to the commissioners.

In other business, commissioners approved an unprecedented agreement between Woodward County and Asphalt Zipper, a company that builds and markets a piece of heavy equipment by the same name.

The Asphalt Zipper is a piece of equipment that allows its user to reclaim used asphalt and use it again, saving money on virgin asphalt, according to Roedell.

But in the case of Woodward County District 1 workers, the Zipper was being used for native gyp rock milling, Roedell said.

"We use native gyp rock for roads," he said.

That little innovative change to the way they were using the Zipper caught the attention of Asphalt Zipper. Intrigued by the innovation of Woodward County workers, they offered Woodward District 1 a deal, Roedell said.

"Basically, we opened a new market for them with how we were using this," he said.

Monday morning, commissioners approved a resolution that allowed Asphalt Zipper, Inc., to reclaim the 2011 model Zipper the county currently has in inventory.

The plan is for Asphalt Zipper to replace it with a brand new version, retrofitted for Woodward County's specific need to mill gyp rock, Roedell said.

The replacement will not cost the county any additional funds other than what was already spent on the 2011 Zipper, Roedell said.

"This new one has a full warranty and we are the first ones to get one of these," Roedell said. "They are including our input and comments on changes if any need to be made and they are just really taking care of us on this."

A written policy regarding how interest accrued from tax money placed in bank accounts is accrued and disseminated to county department was also approved by the commissioners.