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Kewaunee County Board nixes wage study, returns surplus general funds

A string of emails and phone calls between County Administrator Scott Feldt and his colleagues in other counties will continue to be the way wages are studied in Kewaunee County.

 

During Tuesday’s meeting, the Kewaunee County Board approved an amended motion 14-4 to remove up to $75,000 that was to be earmarked for a wage study. The county’s executive committee panned the study earlier this month, saying the information learned from the study was not going to present anything that they did not know. It still sparked some discussion during Tuesday’s meeting with both sides of the argument presenting their case. District 5 Supervisor Brian Patrycia saw the merits of the study, saying the county should be taking the steps necessary to recruit and retain the best that they can.

District 10 Supervisor Scott Browne said the money should be spent on additional maintenance projects that some of the county-owned buildings desperately need.

The amended motion made by District 11 Supervisor Aaron Augustian did not make the original resolution more palatable for the Kewaunee County Board. The resolution, which also allocated $30,000 to complete county building maintenance and $32,362 to replenish the vehicle damage fund balance along with setting aside $75,000 for the purchase of a new financial/human resources software system, was also nixed because it did not reach a two-thirds majority vote. Those dollars will remain in the county’s general fund.

 

You can watch the full discussion below:

 

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