The Glynn County Finance Committee punted to the whole Glynn County Commission a proposal to proficiently slash all county workers a $1,000 examine.
County staff members received a 2.5 to 3 p.c yearly raise about the earlier several a long time as a expense-of-living adjustment, explained County Manager Alan Ours. Mainly because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in popular economic shutdowns, this year’s spending plan did not involve raises. Neither did it involve the funds for merit raises or occupation keep track of promotions.
The area economy has recovered nicely because the fiscal calendar year 2020-2021 spending budget was accepted in June, Ours explained. Bed taxes and product sales taxes are up, the county price range is stabilized and there is significant hope for modern news of impending COVID-19 vaccinations. County Commissioner Allen Booker discovered this, Ours claimed, and approached him about revisiting the subject. In the center of the fiscal yr, he claimed handing out just one-time payments would be a lot easier than making use of raises retroactively.
At Tuesday’s finance committee meeting, Commissioner Monthly bill Brunson said the 1-time payments would also be much more equitable as a 2.2 p.c enhance is much larger for all those who make far more revenue. Due to the ongoing pandemic and the financial repercussions, he and other commissioners needed the county’s reduced-paid workers to get as substantially as individuals with bigger salaries.
“Our employees that make the least really should get the very same sum,” Brunson reported.
For tax functions, each and every county worker would get a approximately $1,225 improve to one particular paycheck to account for taxes and Medicare, Ours reported.
In complete, the proposal would value the county $1.23 million for 1,000 county workforce. Federal assist from the CARES Act would protect around $370,400 of it, according to county Chief Economical Officer Tamara Munson.
It’s not without having precedent. The county fee did some thing related in 2012, Ours stated, adhering to the Fantastic Recession of 2008.
Brunson, Booker and Commissioner David O’Quinn, the 3 members of the finance committee, voted to place the proposal on the county commission’s following meeting agenda relatively than earning a advice.
Committee members also voted 3- Tuesday to endorse contracting with Bryant Appraisal and Consulting Expert services for suitable-of-way deed analysis, negotiation and acquisition products and services for infrastructure and federal aid jobs, amongst other items, at a level of $63 for every hour with a 58-cent-per-mile transportation reimbursement charge.
In a memo, county engineer Paul Andrews questioned the committee to advocate making use of a clause in county ordinances to bypass the contract bidding process. The broad vary of solutions furnished and the company’s 19-12 months history carrying out equivalent work for the county justify it, he stated.
Andrews mentioned the company’s proprietor, John Bryant, labored for the Georgia Section of Transportation’s proper-of-way division just before getting a task with Glynn County to perform on proper-of-way acquisition. Just after retiring, Bryant was retained on contract to do the identical get the job done just one to two days a week.
Brunson said he agreed with the request primarily based on the comprehensive and specialized knowledge of the position as it pertains to Glynn County in individual.
“If you search at this matter, we’re thinking about 56 (providers Bryant offers),” Brunson said. “They naturally have a stage of reliability with us, or they would not have been below this extensive.”
In other business, the committee unanimously advisable partnering with the developer of a senior living group at the intersection of Altama Avenue and Buckingham Place to set up a new visitors sign.
Site visitors to and from the 80-device enhancement will necessitate a sign at the intersection, Community Growth Director Pamela Thompson instructed committee associates. The county would pay out $150,000 even though the developer has agreed to pitch in $50,000.
“That’s a really poor intersection to get out of. It’s just about not possible, so I’m glad to see we’re seeking at this,” said Chairman Booker.
The committee also advisable amending a contract with its on-line credit card payment processor to decreased the ease charge for online transactions from 3 percent to 2.75 percent. The price will go into result on Jan. 1, 2021.