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Commissioners approve secretary’s raise, new motor graders

By Matt Kelton
Pioneer Sentinel

Pending a public hearing, Clay County Commissioners raised the pay grade of Shawna Franklin, secretary to County Attorney Seth Slagle, during a special session Monday, Jan. 30.

Slagle requested a raise for Franklin when commissioners met Jan. 23, asking that they give her the pay grade of a “deputy one” employee. The deputy one salary is set at $36,000 per year.

The county hired Franklin as a part-time employee when Slagle was appointed county attorney, and receives half the pay of a deputy one plus benefits and retirement for 20 hours per week. Franklin also receives as payment fees collected for hot checks. Frank Douthitt, from whom Slagle leases his office, pays the remainder of her salary.

Slagle said that while the county pays Franklin for 20 hours, almost all of her work is for the county.

During the Jan. 23 meeting, Slagle told commissioners that if they move Franklin to deputy one, the hot check funds would be put into his budget.

Commissioners instead put Franklin at the deputy two pay grade, with a salary of approximately $35,000 per year. Slagle responded that at the deputy two grade, he would continue to supplement her pay with hot check collections. Last year, the office collected $2,200 for hot checks, though the amount has declines in recent years.

Commissioners approved the trade-in of two motor graders for Precinct 4 during the Jan. 30 meeting. Both trade-ins are part of a lease-purchase agreement with Caterpillar.

“They’ve got a great market for these, and we take care of them,” said Precinct 4 Commissioner A.J. Peek.

The two 2008 model trade-ins were purchased for $230,000 each. Caterpillar is offering to buy back the first machine, with 1,469 hours of operation, for $214,000, and the second machine, with 2,331 hours, for $209,000.

The two 2011 machines cost $252,000 each. Caterpillar guarantees a buy-back price of $160,000 for each machine after five years, or $17,000 after three years. American National Leasing will finance the motor graders at 3.2 percent interest.

In other business, commissioners:

Reviewed with Henrietta Economic Development Director Rick Langford tax abatement agreements set up in 2005, when the Best Western Motel was built. Langford said his intent with the presentation was given as a refresher.

Heard Sheriff Kenny Lemons’ concerns in possible changes to a contract made with two county men charged with collecting and keeping stray livestock in the county. One of the men has said he will no longer keep horses or donkeys.

Approved a request from Albert’s Shredding of Wichita Falls to place small paper collection dumpsters at the sheriff’s office and courthouse annex. The company is hired to conduct the shredding of bulk paperwork produced in county offices.

Approved a ride-along policy for all county vehicles.

Commissioners meet again at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 12.


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