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February 5, 2013

Garrett grants salary raises for sheriff, election board members

Commissioners deny increase for themselves

OAKLAND — Garrett County commissioners on Tuesday accepted recommendations of the salary study commission and unanimously approved incremental salary increases for the sheriff and board of election members and increased the stipend for election board supervisors.

Commissioners also voted to make no adjustment to their own salaries even though the salary commission recommended a raise.

They also did not increase pay for the board of education, liquor control board or Orphans Court judges. The salary commission had recommended no increases for all three of these bodies.

Members of the salary study commission recommended the county commissioners’ salaries be increased by $3,500.

Commissioner Jim Raley made a motion to approve all recommendations as presented by the salary study commission, including the increase to the the commissioners’ salaries, but the motion was denied from a lack of a second, according to County Administrator Monty Pagenhardt.

Salary increases will include an extra $10,000 for the sheriff, an extra $800 for the board of election alternate, $500 for the board of election president and board members and a $50 increase in the stipend for logic and accuracy testing for all board supervisors.

The increase in salaries would be effective for anyone elected or appointed after the 2014 general election.

Also during the meeting, Raley requested the public record reflect a request by Deep Creek 2014 for a $1 million general bond bill.

The bond bill will be matched by a $250,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant and will go toward infrastructure im-provements necessary for the Deep Creek 2014: International Canoe Federation Canoe Slalom World Championships.

“We do have some infrastructure improvements that need to take place to help us make this the most successful event possible,” said Nicole Christian, president and CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce during an annual prelegislative meeting in December. “Ultimately, we can have legacy events and continue to bring in more events of this Olympic caliber to Garrett County.”

Christian estimated the event would bring in $10 million to $15 million to the county.

Adventure Sports Center International in McHenry will host the championships from Sept. 16 to 21.

A public hearing was held by the Department of Planning and Land Development on the proposed re-adoption of a sediment erosion control ordinance.

The public comment period on the ordinance will be held open for two weeks and no decision will be made on it until Feb. 19, according to Pagenhardt.

The commissioners also approved the execution of the official ordinance.

Contact Elaine Blaisdell at eblaisdell@times-news.com.

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