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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 17, 2017

Winfield joins fold, supports new jail

Jul 17, 2017

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News

 

WINFIELD — Winfield joined the growing list of county communities showing support for the proposed county law enforcement/jail complex.

After hearing a presentation July 12 from Henry County Sheriff Rich McNamee, the city council passed a resolution in support of the $9.1 million proposed project, which will be put to a vote of county residents Tuesday, Aug. 1.

The council also took care of some monetary matters during its regular council meeting, passing a resolution granting city employees a 3-percent salary increase, which was effective July 1. Council members also approved the health-insurance renewal. Premiums will increase 13.41 percent in fiscal 2018, according to City Clerk Angie Oepping.

Council members amended the weekend part-time schedule of county workers. Previously, two part-time workers shared the weekend duty. However, the city recently added a full-time public works employee. Consequently, the council voted to have the two full-time employees rotate with a part-time employee on weekends, meaning each employee would work every third weekend.

The full-time employees will receive flex time instead of overtime. The part-timers will be paid $114.57 per day worked.

McGuire Iron received a five-year contract for water tower maintenance and cleaning. The firm will be paid $7,939 annually, an increase from an annual charge of $5,000 on the firm’s last contract.

In addition to maintenance work, McGuire will paint the interior and exterior of the tower every five years.

A resolution approving the payment of $68,000 for a Vortex road patcher also passed Wednesday night. The council gave permission for the purchase during its June meeting but since the item was not on the agenda, the approved motion was null and void.

In other agenda items, the council approved a real estate contract for the sale of a city-owned vacant lot on the 300 block of East Elm Street to an adjoining property owner.

The first reading passed on an ordinance that will create one-way traffic (traffic will be allowed eastbound) on Pine Street from South Clark to South Olive streets.

Re-appointments of Jan Walter, Ed Kilpatrick and Tana Jennings to the Winfield Community Veteran’s Building Management Commission were approved.

Winfield council members meet again in regular session Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m., at City Hall.

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