The Woodward News

November 3, 2013

Election Board employees could get pay raise

Rowynn Ricks
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Woodward County Commissioners are slated to consider whether to extend a 2 percent pay raise for county employees to the employees of the Woodward County Election Board.

The county commissioners will meet at 10 a.m. Monday in the county courthouse.

County Clerk Charolett Waggoner said that the election board staff was not included in the previous pay raise agreement for other county employees because “they are paid differently.”

“The state election board sets salaries for county election board members,” Waggoner said, noting those salaries “are based on voter registrations.”

And until recently, she said counties had no control over what the election board personnel were paid.

“But back in 2011 the state election board said that counties could supplement election board officials' pay,” she said.

However, whereas the base pay set out by the state election board is reimbursed to the county with state funds, Waggoner said that any supplemental pay would have to come out of the county's own coffers.

It will be up to the county commissioners whether they want to adjust their budget again to allow for the supplemental pay for election board officials, she said.

In other business Monday, the county commissioners are slated to:

• revisit a resolution to dispose of a vehicle from the Mutual Fire Department by selling it at auction. The item was tabled at last week's meeting due to a lack of information about the type of vehicle. The county agenda now lists the vehicle as a 1987 Chevrolet one-ton 4 wheel drive pickup.

• address a contract for services with Visual Lease Services, Inc. for the county assessor's Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA) system. “It's the system our assessors use to do valuations on properties,” Waggoner said.

• approve routine items including a resolution determining the maximum monthly highway expenditures for November in the amount of $240,453.64, and any new blanket purchase orders.

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Facilities and/or lease agreements dot short Woodward City Commission agenda for Monday.

Commissioners meet at 7 p.m. in the commission room at city hall.

One of the action items is a lease agreement between the City, Woodward Municipal Authority and Siemens Real Estate (a division of Siemens Energy) for a tract of land directly behind the Siemens property west of Woodward.

Also on the agenda is the annual renewal of the lease agreement with Kids, Inc. for use of the facilities at Crystal Beach Park.

Commissioners will also approve user agreements with the Chamber of Commerce for the annual Crystal Christmas light display at Crystal BeachPark and with Woodward Main Street for use of Centennial Park for a Christmas light display and to serve refreshments during the holiday season.

Commissioners will also approve the holiday schedule for 2104.

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High Plains Technology Center's board will also hold it's monthly meeting on Monday starting at 5:30 p.m. in the school board room.

Agenda items include an executive session to discuss hiring part-time and substitute employees. A vote is scheduled in open session.

Board members will also approve the annual election resolution for a school election on Feb. 11 and will hear and vote on the school's emergency operations plan.

Approval of genera fund encumbrances and the activity fund report are also on the agenda as well as a presentation on the marketing management program.