By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT
The Ellis County Commission voted Monday night to go forward with a wage and benefit study for county employees, agreeing to a proposal with Evergreen Solutions for $37,500.
During the study the firm will interview employees about job tasks, how much time is allocated completing certain aspects of the job and Ellis County Attorney Tom Drees, who said he has been through three other surveys said it is a very labor intensive process.
Commissioner Barbara Wasinger said the purpose of the study is an effort to get a better idea of job responsibilities.
“We want to be able to approach union negotiations with knowledge and they can see what’s going on,” she said.
Commissioner Dean Haselhorst questioned why the cost was so high for the study and how the county was going to pay for it.
“If we’re going to commit to this, we need to find a funding source,” Haselhorst said.
County Administrator Greg Sund said it could be implemented over a number of years to help spread out the cost.
• The commission voted 2-1 to approve the proposal, with Commissioner Swede Holmgren voting against the measure.
• In other business the commission approved the construction contract with Paul-Wertenberger Construction on the 718 Main Administration Building remodel project. The final cost, with two alternates, is $709,000.
• The commission also voted to reject all bids they received for the 601 Main stormwater project, because they came in well over the estimate. The commission is expected to request bids later this year with proposed renovations.
• Seven organizations also went before the commission to request funding for the upcoming fiscal year
Ellis Alliance – $5,000
Ellis County Council on Aging – $141,074
Ellis County Conservation District – $78,350
Ellis County Fair Board – $180,406
Hays Arts Council – $5,000
Ellis County Extension Service – $323,500
Criminal Defense/Child in Need of Care Services – $276,000
• The commission also scheduled a special meeting for 5 p.m. Tuesday to get an update from the architect on the courthouse/Law Enforcement Center project