Franklin County commissioners voted Wednesday to give two public works employees who have taken on extra work a retroactive raise.
The two road supervisors picked up the duties for a county road superintendent who retired. His $87,759-a-year position wasn't filled.
Commissioners voted to give the employees a combined $13,659 for next year, or about a 9 percent raise.
But Commissioner Brad Peck suggested also giving them their raises retroactive to July.
"We put this added burden on them and didn't give them a lot of choice in the matter," he said.
Commission Chairman Rick Miller initially questioned the retroactive pay, citing concerns it could set a precedent for employees who take on extra work in the future.
But eventually he and Commissioner Bob Koch agreed to give them the raise retroactively, since the raises have been in the works since June.
The county is saving more than $70,000 a yearcompared to when it had the county road superintendent,despite the raises, said public works Director Matt Mahoney.
The two supervisors now earn $83,842 a year each, including benefits.
"We can compensate the road supervisors for the work they've been doing and see an overall savings," Mahoney said.
-- Commissioners approved the county's $26.9 million budget for 2014. They decided to rename a fund intended to be used in a financial emergency the "Franklin County Reserve Fund." The fund has $44,388 in it, but the county wants to grow it to $1.4 million by the end of 2014.
-- Commissioners approved a 100-foot tall wireless communication tower for AT&T on Radar Hill south of Othello and north of Basin City. Jerrod MacPherson, county planning and building director, said the tower will bring improved cellular service to the northern part of the county.
-- Commissioners rezoned 4.1 acres of land at Road 52 and Court Street to residential suburban from retail business and office. The property is within the city of Pasco's urban growth boundary.
-- Geoff Folsom: 509-582-1543; firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @GeoffFolsom