Possibility of four-day work week

May 22, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A formality approved Tuesday by the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners allows certain employees in about 12 different departments to work a four-day week.

The memorandum of understanding between the county board and AFSCME general unit gives department heads the option of allowing their employees to work four, 10-hour days instead of five, eight-hour days.

Human resources director Elishia Arver said the opportunity affects about 40 employees. The option can be exercised only with the authority of a department head.

Arver said the situation is in place for a trial period through the end of the calendar year.

Departments that have so far agreed to give its employees the 10-hour, four-day option include human resources, graphic information systems and equalization.

She said the option is not a cost-savings measure, but merely a perk if an employee’s department head is OK with the abbreviated number of workdays.

Need more information about woodburners

May 22, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

White Pigeon village officials have deferred a matter regarding outdoor, wood-burning boilers until more information can be gathered by a council member and zoning official.

A month after village council member Shireen Cline raised health-related concerns about the devices, the panel on Wednesday agreed to have Cline meet with Doug Kuhlman, zoning administrator for the village. The two will review the village’s current ordinance and try to come up with a revised regulation.

Cline said between the council’s April meeting and Wednesday, she has secured additional information about health-related risks the burners pose.

She said the work session with Kuhlman would allow the opportunity to mesh portions of a proposed, revised ordinance with sections of the Michigan DEQ’s outdoor-burning ordinance.

Cline has cited concerns about health risks associated with the wood-fueled burners.

County Board meeting

May 22, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Two unrelated matters of business were approved Tuesday by the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners.

Commissioners endorsed an agreement with Florida-based MGT of America for cost-allocation plan services.

County administrator Pat Yoder said the agreement is geared toward the county’s Friend of the Court and Juvenile Court departments to reimburse their expenses through the state.

Also, the employment of three people for in-home aides through the commission on aging was approved.

Starting pay is $10.49 an hour for Mary J. Carter, Sarah Yoder and Joyce Dykstra.

Chamber staging fundraiser

May 21, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners has agreed to allow alcohol during a fundraiser staged next month by the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce.

During Tuesday’s commission meeting, county administrator Pat Yoder said the chamber is staging its second annual Treasures of St. Joseph County in July at Rawson’s King Mill Park in Leonidas Township.

As it did last year when the inaugural event took place on the Langley Covered Bridge, the chamber would like to offer wine and tap beer.

The county’s Parks and Recreation Board has recommended the exemption be awarded.

Yoder said he looked into the county’s liability and confirmed everything will be worked out with the chamber.

The event is scheduled for July 26.

Public invited to road summit

May 21, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The St. Joseph County Road Commission is inviting the public to attend a road summit next week.

Set to take place May 29 at the St. Joseph County Intermediate School District, the first-of-its-kind summit will cover a variety of issues related to the agency.

A tentative agenda for the gathering includes an overview of the county’s road system, comments from local legislators, and a question-and-answer session.

The event starts at 6 p.m. and is scheduled to conclude at 8:30.

Event organizers ask that an RSVP be made to gauge how much space will be needed. The number to call is 467-6393.

Director increases time in St. Joe

May 14, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

St. Joseph County will see an increase in the amount of time  is devoted by equalization director Tony Meyaard.

County commissioners last week approved an agreement where Meyaard’s services will be split evenly between St. Joseph and Cass counties. Meyaard for the past year had worked three days a week in Cassopolis and twice weekly in Centreville.

Meyaard will remain an employee of Cass County, meaning it will bill St. Joseph County quarterly or 50 percent of Meyaard’s $64,000 annual salary and business-related mileage reimbursements.

The agreement means Meyaard will work a minimum of 20 hours a week for St. Joseph County.

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