Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Quorum Court Raises Chief Deputy Pay

The Bradley County Quorum Court meet January 18, 2016 for the first meeting of the year.  After receiving the normal reports the Court amended the agenda and added consideration of a pay increase for the Chief Deputy of the Sheriff's office.

Justice Bobby Hargraves brought up the matter by stating the issue of a pay raise for the Deputy had been talked about for some time and was supposed to have been acted upon earlier.  He indicated for some reason it had been overlooked.  The proposal was to raise the salary by $2,778.61 per year plus appropriate benefits such as retirement, taxes, etc.  This would put the salary on par with the county road foreman and other supervisors.  The total cost to the county will be somewhere around $3500 to $3800 per year.  Judge Neely said the county could handle the budgeted increase.  The Court voted 8-0 to approve the raise.  One JP was absent.

There was some discussion whether the court had to amend the budget now or wait until the end of the year to reconcile the overall budget.  Judge Neely said he would look into that and if need be bring an ordinance to the court next month.  The raise is immediate and will be retroactive to January 1, 2016.

There was a brief discussion about criticism of the trimming of the trees on the east side of the courthouse.  Justice Pat Morman stated he had heard from several people unhappy.  Judge Neely stated the work was for safety reasons.  JP Eddie Parnell asked if the county fertilized the trees?  There was no indication that has been done.

Judge Neely reported that County Road 18W is complete and he has begun talking about a generator for the courthouse or part of it.

The entire meeting lasted about 23 minutes. 

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