County may move to biweekly payroll

The Marion County Commission spent 40 minutes in executive session for personnel Monday to review employee requests and pay scales for a possible change from monthly to biweekly payroll.

The commissioners said they want to possibly eliminate some lower pay grades to arrive at a more evenly dispensed pay scale, as recommended by a consultant?s recent research.

Commission Chairman Roger Fleming said the commissioners may want to eliminate the $8- to $9-lower end of the pay scale because that?s low enough to ?hardly make it worth the time to drive anywhere.?

Fleming and Commis?sioners Randy Dallke and Dan Holub said they want pay scales corrected by July 1 to avoid putting it off for additional months.

The commissioners selected a rate bid of 2.28 percent from Community National Bank and Trust of El Dorado and Burns to financing the purchase of Volvo road graders for $308,700. Also offering bids were Emprise Bank of Hillsboro, Marion National Bank, Hills?boro State Bank, Peabody State Bank, Tampa State Bank, Citizens State Bank and Central National Bank.

The commissioners accepted a bid of $984.50 each for two laptop computers from among three bids to allow the county clerk?s office to comply with new state programming.

They accepted a bid of $2,689.13 on an HP computer at the county health department to comply with state requirements for a separate computer limited-privacy access on personal files.

April 30 meeting

At the commissioners? payday meeting Wednesday, April 30, Transfer Station and Recycling Waste Director Rollin Schmidt said he has told a rest home and a grocery store in Goessel that the county can?t fulfill their requests for recycling bins because it can?t cross the line into subsidizing private business.

Schmidt and the commissioners agreed they want to do what they can to promote recycling, and they found the interest commendable.

Holub and Fleming suggested looking at public areas where it might be more helpful to locate bins.

The commissioners were meeting in a $1,078 million payday session, with $411,015.67 of that total going toward employee pay and the remainder for expenses such as road cold mix.

County Clerk Tina Spencer reported sales tax received from the state in April for sales in February totaled $51,748 for the regular sales tax and $45,160 for the special jail sales tax.

The commissioners granted Susan Mayo of 1660 E. 90th, two miles north of Peabody, permission for a fireworks display May 10 provided there is no high wind or burn ban.

The commissioners approved a road and bridge signs bid for a variety of road signs of $5,891.04 from D.C. Wholesale over bids of $6,5159.32 from National Signs, and $6,177.58 from Lowen Corp.

They approved a road and bridge area fuel bid from Cooperative Grain & Supply of Hillsboro of $16,585.90 for 5,300 gallons of diesel over a competitive bid of $16,665.10 from Cardie Oil Inc. of Tampa.