County Workers To See Pay Hike

More than 100 Ohio County employees will receive some extra cash in time for the holidays.

County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to provide each employee an $800 annual salary increase for 2014, regardless of pay scale. Half that amount will be paid in advance, before Thanksgiving, according to County Administrator Greg Stewart.

Stewart said the total cost of the raises would be $86,400 – half of which would impact the current fiscal year’s budget, and the remainder next year. He told commissioners there was enough money available in the county’s contingency fund to cover the additional expense.

“When you can afford to give a raise, it’s great to be able to do it. … They’ve earned every penny,” commission President Tim McCormick said following the meeting.

Commissioners approved a $500 pay raise for employees last November.

In other business, commissioners authorized Stewart to apply for $92,155 in Emergency Management Performance Grant money to help fund operation of the county Emergency Management Agency.

Last year, the county applied for $115,251 through the Federal Emergency Management Agency program but received $66,135.

Commissioners also voted to allow Stewart to seek a state Courthouse Facility Improvement grant to help pay for upgrades to the City-County Building’s fire alarm panel and sprinkler system.

Commissioners also approved final pay requests of about $3,000 each for two runway projects at the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport, and voted to provide $5,000 in hotel/motel tax revenue for improvements at Wheeling Park High School’s baseball facilities.