Vet-services officer's hours extended

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By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

Hubert expects needs to mushroom next year

TELL CITY - Perry County commissioners increased the working hours for the county's veterans-services officer and named a replacement to the airport authority board of directors in a regular meeting Oct. 20.

In response to a plea from Veterans Services Officer Wayne Hubert, the commissioners extended his hours from 17.5 to 28 per week.

As The News reported Sept. 8, Hubert told the county council, as that fiscal body was preparing to set the county's 2009 budget, he was already working beyond the part-time hours he was allotted. Charlotte Rogier is also designated a part-time veterans-services assistant in addition to her part-time county-administrator duties.

Hubert told the council the services provided to the county's veterans go beyond the duties of both, and will swell when more than 4,500 deployed National Guard and Reserve members return from deployments next year, all of them eligible for full benefits.

"Wayne does an outstanding job in that office," Commissioner Don Sherry said before he and the others adopted a motion approving the increase. Money was available in Hubert's travel budget to cover the additional pay, and was approved by the county council in their regular meeting Thursday. The change went into effect today.

The commissioners appointed David Ward to the county's airport authority, to fill the remaining term of Bill Bradley, who resigned Sept. 30. The term will expire June 30.

The commissioners will next meet at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3.