|12/23/2021 11:41:00 AM|
County Board sets wages, sells debt
The wages for county officials were established by the County Board last week. The commissioners themselves get the same compensation increase the employees are slated for, at an increase of 2.5 percent effective January. This makes the annual salary for County Board members in 2022 $33,395.
Current officials’ wages that the Board acted on for 2022 include: sheriff $141,634, county attorney $146,142, chief deputy sheriff $120,364, and the county administrator is at $134,692.
Per diem payments for individuals serving on committees and boards stay at $50. A host of citizen appointments are coming up to be filled, see the county website or this paper for information about what’s opening up and for which commissioner district.
The Board filled two vacancies on the Citizen Review Panel. Nancy Grossmann and Carol Schumann applied for the Citizen Review Panel and were unanimously appointed.
The county commissioners refinanced general obligation bonds for an improved interest rate. The bid awarded is estimated to be saving the county $160,000 in interest, according to advisors Baker Tilly. The rate for the $11 million in bonds was .71 percent and was awarded to JP Morgan Securities.
Chisago County’s bond rating was re-evaluated as part of the bond process and was upgraded to AAplus. This is one notch below the highest rating, On purely the upgrade difference, the cost of the bonds dropped by $18,000. Good financial management and fiscal practices were reasons the rating improved.
In other business:
The county jail corrections officers will get bodyworn cameras. A purchase of 10 cameras and equipment got approval from the Board last week. Sheriff Brandon Thyen said this is the next phase in the department’s long term plan to have as many personnel as possible equipped with the devices.
~ The annual organizational Board meeting is January 4 at 9 a.m.
~ County Engineer Joe Triplett said the bids for reconstruction of CSAH 26 were opened December 14 and prices are up. Bituminous has gone from $55 per ton to $82. If raw product costs decrease the project may yet be awarded but the Board will be reviewing the bid January 19.
Triplett hopes to open bids for the roundabout at CSAH 24 and 23, south of Chisago City, in early February.