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Children Services workers receive small pay raises

November 18, 2012
Morning Journal News

LISBON - The 24 workers in the Children Services division of the Columbiana County Department of Job and Family Services will receive a small pay raise following action taken this week by county commissioners.

Acting on the recommendation of JFS Director Eileen Dray-Bardon, commissioners approved a 2 percent employee pay raise in 2013. In exchange, the employees agreed to begin paying 6 percent of their monthly health insurance premiums instead of 5 percent.

Dray-Bardon said the employees took a pay freeze in 2011 because of funding cuts at the state level and received 10- to 15-cent per hour raises this year. She said the three-year contract with the union representing the Children Services workers contained a wage/health insurance reopeners for 2013.

Commissioners noted prior to 2010, Children Services employed 32 workers, but while the size of the staff has been reduced, the caseload has not.

"They worked well with the county during our difficult times," said Commission President Mike Halleck.

In related news, commissioners hired two new JFS employees on Dray-Bardon's recommendation: Jennifer M. Tedrow of Wellsville, as social service worker 2 in the Children Services division; and Debra Stevens of East Liverpool as unit support worker 1 in the income maintenance section.

After imposing a hiring freeze for several years, the JFS has begun to fill some of the positions that became vacant as employees quit.

Commissioners also:

- Appointed the following people to the county Developmental Disabilities Board: Bill Montgomery, Mike Parkes and Jean Duck. The board members are not paid.

- Contracted with Jeff Wisler of Land Approach Ltd. of Salem for snow removal/salt services at the new county government services building, for no more than $16,000. The contract runs through April 30, 2013.

- Named Joe Cappuzzello, Mark Webb and Don Moore to the Tax Incentive Finance review committee for the purpose of reviewing a TIF project being considered in Salem. The city of Salem and city school board also have appointments to the committee.

- Moved next week's meeting from 9 a.m. Wednesday to the same time on Tuesday.



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