Commissioners suggest 5% raise for county employees

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Dauby: Shelter budget 'will give council something to do'

By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

TELL CITY - Perry County's commissioners agreed at their regular meeting July 7 to recommend a 5-percent raise for county employees to the county council.

Each year, "the commissioners have to recommend a percentage or a flat fee for the county council to consider," County Auditor Connie Berger told them.

"Our recommendation doesn't mean diddly-squat," Commissioner Jody Fortwendel said before recommending 5 percent "since (the employees) didn't get anything last year."

The commissioners also approved a request from County Prosecutor Bob Collins to spend $5,251 out of the county's law-enforcement fund on various items to support the Troy town marshal. The fund is replenished with funds from certain court actions and is administered by the prosecutor. The commissioners are responsible for approving any spending from it.

A used car from the Tell City Police Department would be included in the purchase, Berger said.

The commissioners approved their proposed budget for 2011, another for courthouse operations and one for the highway department. A budget proposed by the Perry County Animal Shelter Inc. seeks $97,000 versus the $60,000 provided last year.

"Some of the stuff they do is more expensive," Commissioner Gary Dauby said. "This will give the county council something to do."

According to County Administrator Teresa Kanneberg, shelter board member Rick Newton said the requested amount "is realistically what they need to run the shelter, ideally ... in the past, we've usually given them what they request, and the council usually cuts it."

Dauby offered a motion "to pass it along to the council."

Fortwendel said for the shelter, like other county agencies such as the Council on Aging, "they've been trying to get by on the same dollars for the last several years ... I don't know what the answer is to how we fund all this stuff." He then seconded the motion.

Commissioner Bill Amos voted against it, he said, "because they don't do horses."

He tried to move on, but Dauby stopped him, saying, "that's a small-animal shelter, not a large-animal shelter. Of course they don't do horses. They don't do cows ... pigs ... buffalo, just small animals."

Amos said shelter employees use only 13 of the available 26 pens because it's easier for them to clean them.

In a 2004 story reporting planners' efforts to build a new shelter, The News reported on a visit they made to a state-of-the-art facility in Newburgh.

Cleanliness is extremely important to success in getting pets adopted, they were told, and is achieved in part by the use of double sets of cages.

Dogs can be shifted from one set to another while their pens are cleaned and allowed to dry.