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Sheriff’s employees disappointed by County Council budget discussion

November 10th, 2011 Posted in Opinion

By April Ashland

LOGAN — Twenty-one employees of the Cache County Sheriff’s Office attended the Cache County Council meeting Tuesday night, to listen to the council deliberate the 2012 budget, in hopes that they would get raises.

The CCSO’s hopes did not come to fruition. Members of the CCSO filtered in throughout the first 45 minutes of the meeting, and 18 left at 6 p.m. when the council finished discussion on the matter.

County Executive Lynn Lemon proposed several items to the council, including transferring $550,000 from the capital projects fund to the general fund in order to help pay for three major projects the county needs done, with the majority of it going to law enforcement, Lemon said. Law enforcement needs new vehicles, improvements in the jail, and equipment in case of a necessary evacuation from the jail, Lemon said.

A public hearing on the budget was scheduled for Nov. 22 at 5 p.m.

The council also discussed a resolution on how much money the county would contribute to the rebuilding of the canal in the Island area that was destroyed by a slide in July, 2009. The proposal was that Cache County would pay for $129,000 of the total cost, and the remaining amount would be split by the cities that receive water from the canal.

Lemon told the council there was a benefit in having a stake in the water that will flow through the rebuilt canal, and the council needs to get moving to be sure the canal can be built with help from the federal government.

Councilman Cory Yeates said he was concerned that the county would be stuck with a larger bill than they had expected to pay, since the county is slotted to cover 5 percent of the cost of the rebuild. The resolution passed 6-1 with Yeates opposing.

Kristine Johnson came before the council to get information on whom to contact for the Cache Foundation, in order to approve a grant request currently being written to build an extension on the Senior Center to help the Meals on Wheels program. Johnson said this year Meals on Wheels served 35,000 meals from January to September, which is an increase of 5,000 over last year at the same time. She received the information she needed.

In other business, the council:

–opened the floor at 6 p.m. for a public hearing on the current 2011 budget, and no one spoke. The council then closed the hearing after discussing amongst themselves 10 minutes later.

–voted to create a temporary restriction on the Short Divide Road, between Cache and Box Elder counties in Clarkston.

–unanimously agreed to adopt the Faith Exchange Welcome Weeks (F.E.W.W.) in November from the interfaith community.


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