space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Town of Peshtigo Fire Dept. Hosts Golf Outing Sept. 12
* Demeny Racing Has Trouble On Crandon’s Short Track
* Crews Will Survey Stream For Lampreys
* Bulldogs Look To Retain Top Spot In Loop; Coleman, Crivitz, Wausaukee Hope To Be In The Mix
* Slate Waterfowl Season Guidelines

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space

Co. Personnel Committee Forwards WPPA Contract

A two percent raise every six months. That is the amount the Marinette County Personnel Committee is recommending to the County Board when it comes to wages for members of the Marinette County Deputy Sheriff’s Association Local of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA). The wage raise is countered by steady increases by WPPA members in Retirement and also Health Insurance contributions.

If passed by the County Board, WPPA members will receive a two percent wage increase on Jan. 1 and July 1 in the years 2013, 2014, and 2015. For existing employees, 2013 will pay 2 percent of their contribution to the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS). In 2014, that percentage will hike to 4 percent. On Jan. 1, 2015, it will rise to 6% and on July 1, 2015, it will rise to the same level as the general county employee currently of 6.65 percent. All new hires will immediately contribute the same amount as general employees.

For Health Insurance, WPPA employees will pay 15 percent of their premiums, 12.5 percent if they undergo a Health Risk Assessment, as of Jan. 1, 2013. In 2014 and 2015, they will pay the same as other hourly employees, with the caveat that the percentage will not increase above 20 percent. The premium contribution in 2014 and 2015 with Health Risk Assessment will remain at 12.5 percent.

The contract also includes language clarification regarding payment of uniform allowance and duty incurred disability pay.

According to a spreadsheet prepared by the County Finance Department, the total contract including wage increases less WRS and Health Insurance employee payments will cost the county an additional $15,121.42 in 2013, and an additional increase of $14,597.56 in 2014, and an additional $8,373.31 in 2015.

The WPPA is the only remaining union in county government that can collectively bargain their entire contract.

In other matters before the Personnel Committee at their Thursday, Dec. 6 meeting, a recommendation through the Health and Human Services Department was forwarded to the County Board which eliminates a Mental Health Case Manager position and creates a Comprehensive Community Services Case Manager position. The change becomes effective Jan. 1, 2013.

The Committee held a lengthy discussion on a matter that was discussed and approved at the most recent Highway Committee meeting, namely, county employee use of county vehicles.

According to County Administrator Ellen Sorensen, the question was raised after the last County Board meeting. In the intervening time, she found that the matter is discussed in the County’s Policy and Procedure Manual. Any such use basically needs to be approved by the committee of jurisdiction, subject to control of the County Board.

Sorensen contacted all of the department heads on the matter and found that, for the most part, most departments may approve it if involves an employee attending a conference, meeting, or training session when the employee lives closer to the event than to Marinette. Sometimes, it may involve a weekend if the event is scheduled on a Monday.

The two departments which do allow it consistently are the Sheriff’s Department which has a long-established and necessary practice for only sworn staff and the Highway Department, which has the practice for the Commissioner, Highway Foremen, and the Shop Foreman.

Corporation Counsel Gale Mattison reminded the Committee that when this practice is used by the Sheriff’s Department and the Highway Department, the employees who received this benefit also are subject to IRS rules when it comes to being taxed for the privilege. Both Mattison and Human Resources Director Jennifer Holtger spoke of the highway leadership always being on call and that they do patrol the roads all over the county on weekends and nights when there is a weather event, both summer and winter.

Supervisor Ken Keller said he has concerns about private use of these vehicles, as he had been in the past for good reason.

Supervisor Connie Seefeldt asked about a possible mileage limit being placed on their use. She wondered how far away the county was going to allow people to lie and take vehicles home.

Following a discussion on whether or not the Highway Committee should ask the County Board to reaffirm the practice, the Committee realized they had no control over the matter and decided to take no action on this issue.

Continuing on, the Committee recommended to the County Board a reorganization of the Maintenance Department which reassigns a person from the Information Services Department back to Maintenance. The move is necessary because the County is now contracting out their photocopier service, but which to maintain the position as a Printer Technician with additional maintenance duties. The move, effective Jan. 1, is already included in the 2013 budget.

Approval was given to the Building and Properties Department to fill a Maintenance Technician position with two people for one week in order to provide an opportunity for the new employee to learn from the retiring technician.

Sorensen reported to the Committee her idea to add a Suggestion Box to the newly rolled-out County Intranet. The box would provide any employee to submit cost savings ideas directly to the Administrator. She explained that if the suggestion was a good one and is implemented, she is considering a reward program of some sort.

This prompted Supervisor Keller to respond, “It’s always good to listen to the employees.”

Under her Human Resources report, Holtger reluctantly informed the Committee that despite having a perfect record for 2012 so far, it looks like there will be a Worker’s Compensation claim that will result in lost time for the first time this year. She is estimating that the person will be out 10 to 14 days.

In the past month, there was one resignation in the county HHS Department, and two newly announced retirements in Forestry and Highways. There were no layoffs or dismissals.

November saw two new hirings, both in HHS, and four job postings in HHS, Sheriff’s Department, Dispatch and the Library.

Updating her work on reviewing all job descriptions to prepare for the wage study slated for 2013, Holtger said the goal of having only 30 position descriptions may not be reasonable because so many jobs are government mandated positions.

The Committee also discussed a request from the Library to have some of their positions in the study, but since the County apparently looks at the Library as their own entity, any inclusion in the study would require the Library to pay for that part of the study.

Sorensen reported to the Committee an update on Department Head meetings which she said were concentrating on finding greater efficiencies within their departments. She also noted that she is working to replace a retiring department head, which may result in title changes and appointments.

A review of the Invoices for which the Committee is responsible, members acknowledged the total of $1,035.39.

Veteran’s Service Officer William Kowalski presented his quarterly report, noting the tremendous amount of paperwork and veterans that flow through his office. The most recent years have shown there is an aging veteran base with a lot of benefit registration taking place. Of note were an increasing amount of Dependency and Indemnity Compensation requests for veterans exposed to Agent Orange and Asbestos related diseases. He also pointed to many more claims as Vietnam Veterans starting passing in great numbers.

Veteran transportation requests totaled 558 so far this year. Most are for transportation to the VA Hospital in Iron Mountain with 38 percent from vets in Menominee county, for which this department receives compensation through the State of Michigan.

With recent reorganization within the VA, Kowalski stated he is very impressed with the improving healthcare offered in Iron Mountain.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
08-20-2014Sports
Town of Peshtigo Fire Dept. Hosts Golf Outing Sept. 12

08-20-2014Sports
Demeny Racing Has Trouble On Crandon’s Short Track

08-20-2014Sports
Crews Will Survey Stream For Lampreys

08-20-2014Sports
Bulldogs Look To Retain Top Spot In Loop; Coleman, Crivitz, Wausaukee Hope To Be In The Mix

08-20-2014Perspectives
Country Cousin

08-20-2014Perspectives
From our readers

08-20-2014Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

08-20-2014News
Cedar River Bridge Walk Royalty Aug. 31

08-20-2014News
Dog Orientation Night Sept. 9

08-20-2014News
Area Students Get Honor Scholarships

08-20-2014News
Pichette Earns Honors

08-20-2014Obituaries
Gerald Wright

08-20-2014Obituaries
Dale L. Wright

08-20-2014Obituaries
Rev. Warren W. Worden

08-20-2014Obituaries
Craig Richlen

08-20-2014Obituaries
Joseph F. Steiner

08-20-2014Obituaries
Rand Lange

08-20-2014Obituaries
Peter C. Kaufman

08-20-2014Obituaries
Hattie Jarmolowicz

08-20-2014Obituaries
Jeffrey A. DesJarlais

08-20-2014Obituaries
Nicholas J. Berkebile

08-20-2014Obituaries
Marilyn R. Becker

08-20-2014Obituaries
Richard S. Zielski

08-20-2014Obituaries
Donald E. Schneider

08-20-2014Obituaries
June E. Peot

08-20-2014Obituaries
Madeline L. Milheiser

08-20-2014Obituaries
Audrey J. Hranach

08-20-2014Obituaries
Alice E. Bowman

08-20-2014Obituaries
Anne M. Apanasiewicz

08-20-2014Obituaries
Rita R. Adkins

08-20-2014Community - Wausaukee
Athelstane Awards County Bid For Perch Lake Road

08-20-2014Community - Wausaukee
Presbyterian Women Oct. 18 Fall Supper

08-20-2014Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Legion Picnic Sept. 13

08-20-2014Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Oktoberfest at Veterans Park Sept. 20

08-20-2014Community - Crivitz
Old Toys Topic at Loomis Days

08-20-2014Community - Crivitz
Legion Trap/22 Shoot Aug. 30

08-20-2014Community - Crivitz
Crivitz School Budget, Annual Meeting Aug. 26

08-20-2014Community - Coleman
20 Area Packer Fans at Hall of Fame Banquet

08-20-2014Community - Coleman
Brazeau Services Sweepstake Winners

08-20-2014Community - Coleman
CCBA Business Showcase Oct. 25

08-20-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman School Board Two Meetings Aug. 25

08-20-2014Front Page
St. Augustine Church Will Mark 125 Years on Sunday

08-20-2014Front Page
Grants Help Middle Inlet Redo 11 Roads

08-20-2014Front Page
Finance Committee Recommends $37,335,000 Borrowing Resolution

08-20-2014Front Page
Sheriff Again Warns of Scams

08-20-2014Front Page
Fun, Entertainment, Rides At County Fair Aug. 21-25

08-13-2014News
Seek Crafters For Fall Fair

08-13-2014News
KC Brat Fry at Lee’s Foods

08-13-2014News
Wagner Centennial Seeks Slogan, Vendors

08-13-2014Sports
Slate Waterfowl Season Guidelines

08-13-2014Sports
2014 Crossbow Deer Season Approved By Natural Resources Board

08-13-2014Sports
Race Like A Girl Night At UPIR

08-13-2014Sports
Redbirds Fight Their Way Through Two Tough Opponents To Claim Latest Wishigan Crown

08-13-2014Perspectives
Country Cousin

08-13-2014Perspectives
From our readers

08-13-2014Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

08-13-2014Obituaries
Tracey Rae Vandeveer

08-13-2014Obituaries
Jeannette O. Peterson

08-13-2014Obituaries
Elerine T. Lampinen

08-13-2014Obituaries
Joan Kapitz

08-13-2014Obituaries
Todd E. Johnson

08-13-2014Obituaries
Arvilla Johnson

08-13-2014Obituaries
Phillip A. Giese

08-13-2014Obituaries
Michael J. Gardon

08-13-2014Obituaries
Lucille R. (Baumler) Beyer

08-13-2014Obituaries
Christopher J. Wold

08-13-2014Obituaries
Roy H. Willmann, Jr.

08-13-2014Obituaries
Ron G. Whiting

08-13-2014Obituaries
Mary A. Wenzel

08-13-2014Obituaries
William H. VonBlaskewicz

08-13-2014Obituaries
Philip K. Radtke, D.D.S.

08-13-2014Obituaries
Bonnie J. Peterson

08-13-2014Obituaries
Eugene Pawlowski

08-13-2014Obituaries
Alice Rouer

08-13-2014Obituaries
Kathleen B. Olson

08-13-2014Obituaries
Ernest J. Olivares

08-13-2014Obituaries
Orin E. Kirchner

08-13-2014Obituaries
Elaine M. Jorgensen

08-13-2014Obituaries
Sandra K. Jagielski

08-13-2014Obituaries
Alfred Edward Hoffman

08-13-2014Obituaries
Doris M. Gustafson

08-13-2014Obituaries
Albert D. Enderby

08-13-2014Obituaries
Phyllis M. Dixon

08-13-2014Obituaries
Edward J. DesJardin 

08-13-2014Obituaries
Patricia A. Cornejo

08-13-2014Obituaries
Donna M. Chaltry

08-13-2014Obituaries
Roger W. Carriveau

08-13-2014Obituaries
Robert Bartz

08-13-2014Obituaries
Harriet Angelich

08-13-2014Community - Crivitz
Ski Cats Perform Final Show Aug. 16

08-13-2014Community - Wausaukee
Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

08-13-2014Community - Wausaukee
Silver Cliff Fire, Rescue Big Fundraiser Winners

08-13-2014Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee School Packets Available

08-13-2014Community - Crivitz
49 Golfers Take Part In Doug Kwiatkowski Memoria

08-13-2014Community - Crivitz
Town Asks County To Allow ATV Trail on Bit of County X

08-13-2014Community - Crivitz
Twin Bridge Ski Finale Aug. 16-17

08-13-2014Community - Coleman
Fall Fest Set at Coleman Legion

08-13-2014Community - Coleman
Alyssa Gasser Earns Pharm.D

08-13-2014Front Page
Law Enforcement Committee Requests Two More Deputies

08-13-2014Front Page
2 Area Men Were Also Candidates

08-13-2014Front Page
Burke vs Walker In Governor Race

08-13-2014Front Page
Lakari, Johns Resign Twin County Airport Positions, Judge Rules Anderson On

08-13-2014Front Page
Break Ground For Koehne New Dealership

08-06-2014Sports
Racquetball Lessons At Bond Center

08-06-2014Sports
Peshtigo Youth Football Sets Registration Dates

08-06-2014Sports
Seek Input On New Pipeline Proposal

08-06-2014Sports
Racing Returns To UPIR Track With Features And Accidents

08-06-2014Perspectives
Country Cousin

08-06-2014Perspectives
From our readers

08-06-2014Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

08-06-2014Obituaries
Lori A. Williams

08-06-2014Obituaries
Roger L. Trepanier

08-06-2014Obituaries
Edward Trautner

08-06-2014Obituaries
LeRoy A. Swim

08-06-2014Obituaries
Barbara J. Simons

08-06-2014Obituaries
Stephen M. Seymour

08-06-2014Obituaries
Wesley Seidel

08-06-2014Obituaries
Bonnie Peterson

08-06-2014Obituaries
Paul D. Payant

08-06-2014Obituaries
Eldor M. Ostrenga

08-06-2014Obituaries
Kenneth Einar Olsen

08-06-2014Obituaries
Richard H . Jenquine

08-06-2014Obituaries
John M. Giesler, Jr.

08-06-2014Obituaries
Thomas L. Fermanich

08-06-2014Obituaries
Edward J. Desjardin

08-06-2014Obituaries
Brad Cox

08-06-2014Obituaries
Dawn D. Wittig

08-06-2014Obituaries
John A. Surk

08-06-2014Obituaries
Richard T. Stencil

08-06-2014Obituaries
Angeline M. Ruege

08-06-2014Obituaries
Eugene M. Ravet

08-06-2014Obituaries
William D. Luker

08-06-2014Obituaries
Marlene Kobishop

08-06-2014Obituaries
Richard E. Kehler

08-06-2014Obituaries
Theresa M. Hasenfus

08-06-2014Obituaries
Scott D. Eckert

08-06-2014Obituaries
Lucille M. DeCoursin

08-06-2014Obituaries
Lonnie J. Corbeille

08-06-2014Obituaries
Marlene Compney

08-06-2014Obituaries
Glen M. Christiansen

08-06-2014News
Walsh Church Ice Cream Social

08-06-2014News
Goodman Obtains Generator Loan

08-06-2014News
Dunbar Veterans Park Fundraiser

08-06-2014News
Donates $500 to Brazeau Ambulance

08-06-2014Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Fire Department Fundraiser Picnic Winners

08-06-2014Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Men’s Softball, Coed Volleyball Tourneys

08-06-2014Community - Wausaukee
Silver Cliff Fire/Rescue Auxiliary Picnic Aug. 9th

08-06-2014Community - Wausaukee
SC Fire and Rescue Finalize Picnic Plans

08-06-2014Community - Crivitz
MI Fire Dept. Picnic, Open House Aug. 9

08-06-2014Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Ski Cats Next Show Aug. 13


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Are you excited about the 2014 football season for the Green Bay Packers?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2014
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites