Fayette Board Drops Plan to Give Raise for Dropping Insurance Coverage


Published on October 9 2013 9:35 am
Last Updated on October 9 2013 9:35 am
Written by Greg Sapp

The Fayette County Board has dropped a plan to give a pay hike to county employees who gave up their dental and vision insurance coverage.

The proposal was to affect non-union clerical workers and would involve a 25-cent per hour pay hike for those who canceled their dental and vision coverage.  Some of the employees who would have been affected spoke to the Board at Tuesday night's meeting and said they wanted to keep the coverage.

The Board then dropped the idea, which was expected to save the County money.

Board members also heard from Fayette County Sheriff Aaron Lay, who objected to the proposed budget for the coming year.  The proposal removes a salary line for a chief deputy sheriff and also reduces funding allocated for overtime in the sheriff's department budget.

County board members did not restore the funding at last night's meeting.

Fayette board members discussed a request from local Boy Scouts who want to lease the former Washington School building for their meetings. 

The County purchased the building years ago, but have never developed it for use.  The Knights of Columbus has used the building for fish fries and is now using it as a Haunted House. 

The Board agreed to let the Scouts use the building for now and will finalize the terms for using the structure at a later date.

Fayette board members approved the resignation of longtime member Delbert Miller from the Fayette County Hospital District Board and appointed Doug Fulk of rural Brownstown to replace him.  Fulk's term will run through June of 2015.  The Board also awarded a bid of $201,274 from Perry County Construction Company of Herrin to replace a bridge 1-1/2 miles southeast of Wright's Corner, and approved the holiday schedule and county board meeting schedule for 2013.