County Board approves 2 percent pay hike

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

SHEBOYGAN – Non-union county employees receiveda2percentpayraisefor2014fromthe County Board Tuesday.

The board approved an ordinance adopting the across-the-board pay raises by an 18-5 margin, with supervisors Mark Winkel, James Glavan, Greg Weggeman, Michael Ogea and Brian Hoffmann voting no and supervisors Peter Salm and Tom Wegner absent.

“I find it difficult to vote for any raises for the simple fact that the largest employer in this county has not given out pay raises in four years,” Ogea said in explaining his no vote. “It’s hard to justify giving out raises when a lot of people in this county are making less and paying more for services.”

“I think we have to hold the line,” Hoffmann agreed.

That drew a sharp response from Supervisor Devin LeMahieu, chair of the Human Resources Committee.

He pointed out that the proposed 2 percent pay raises had first been discussed during the County Board retreat last summer and that the money had been included in the 2014 county budget approved by the board last fall.

“Now, after all that passed, you’re objecting to a 2 percent raise? It would have been nice if you had spoken up in 2013,” LeMahieu stated.

“I did object to it in 2013, I did object to it in the leadership forum. Yes, I have objected to it. Yes, I have voted against it,” Ogea replied.

An amendment to the shoreland map to allow the Kohler Co. to build an access road to its planned tented lodging development on the Lake Michigan shore in the town of Wilson won board approval, but with one dissenting vote, from Supervisor Jim Baumgart.

“I have no objection to the actual item, but I do have an overall objection with the overall plan,” Baumgart stated.

He specifically objected to plans to locate the entrance road to the Kohler development alongside the office area for the adjacent Kohler Andrae State Park.

“Most people who have come to Kohler Andrae Park over the years don’t expect traffic coming,” from that direction, Baumgart explained. He expressed fear that it could create conflicts at the park entrance and called it poor planning.

The ordinance amendment passed by a vote of 21- 1, with Hoffman abstaining because he is a member of the Wilson Town Board, which will have final say on the proposed Kohler development.

Readers Comments

Once again the county board
Submitted by (not verified) on Tue, 2014-01-28 06:14.
Once again the county board is spending money the taxpayers do not have!!! It would be nice to see everybody get big raises BUT, when few to none have any new money to pay the increases what the hell are you fools thinking???? The county is still swirling around the economic sewer drain and you just sent it swirling faster. Between the County, the cities and the Schools you rape the few, wealth creating, working people left in the area. As tax delinquents and foreclosures abound, good paying, wealth creating opportunities leave the area. The youth who spend their parents savings wisely on education, do not return, they head to economic growth opportunity, OUT OF SHEBOYGAN !!!! Keep it up Guys, you are following DETROITS LEAD!!!
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