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New County Council members will be brought up to speed on two county issues at a work session Monday night.
Dennis “Cotton” Cole, Larry McCullough and Kathy Sistare were sworn in for their council duties on Jan. 5.
Council has two items on its agenda for Monday’s meeting, which begins at 4:30 p.m.
A study has been done of county employees’ salaries, and the results were presented to council members in October. The new members haven’t reviewed the study.
The county has roughly 400 full-time employees and other part-time employees.
The study looked at how much county employees are paid in comparison to employees in other counties the size of Lancaster County and also employees in the private sector.
The study recommends what county employees should be paid based on experience, in minimum or entry level, mid-point or market value and maximum pay grades.
Council approved a 2.85 percent raise for county employees in its 2008-09 budget.
County Administrator Steve Willis noted that even with the raise, there are still 84 employees who don’t make the minimum pay recommended for their jobs.
“We’ve got employees who have worked for the county 30 years who are not at the market value,” Willis said.
Council may approve a compensation plan to bring those 84 employees up to the proper pay grades at its Jan. 26 meeting, Willis said. The goal of bringing salaries up to the proper pay grades is to attract and retain quality employees.
Council will also discuss an agreement with the city of Lancaster to use its transfer station for handling solid waste. Council members will take a brief tour of the transfer station on Monday.
Monday’s special meeting will be held in council chambers on the second floor of the County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St.
Contact senior reporter Jenny Hartley at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (803) 283-1151