By DENISE GRANT
Hancock County commissioners agreed Tuesday to give Hancock County Veterans Service board members a $100-a-month raise.
Board members approached the commissioners last week, asking for the pay hike. The veterans commission has five board members, and each is paid $400 per month.
Commission members said their monthly pay was decreased in 2006, when the county was experiencing money problems. A pay increase was requested in 2010, but was rejected, placing Hancock County’s board members at the lower end of the pay scale when compared to counties with similar populations.
The raise will go only to new commission members or those being reappointed, beginning next year.
Commission members serve five-year terms. The additional cost to the county budget in the first year will be $1,200.
Commission members include Robert Essinger, representing the American Legion; Charles Fisher, AMVETS; Roger Neff, Disabled American Veterans; Charles Smith, Veterans of Foreign Wars; and Larry Sudlow, Korean War Veterans Association and Military Order of the Purple Heart.
Separately, the commissioners awarded four contracts, including:
- A $1.1 million contract with the Shelly Co., Findlay, for the 2014 county/township road resurfacing program. The county will pay $800,962 toward the project through the motor vehicle and gas tax, with the townships of Amanda, Delaware, Madison, Orange, Union and Washington paying the balance.
- A $71,270 contract was awarded to Prestressed Services, Lexington, Ky., to furnish and install prestressed concrete box beams for replacement of the bridge on Township 59, in Eagle and Union townships. The beams will be paid for by the gas tax.
- A $42,993 contract was awarded to the Miles House of Color, Findlay, for carpeting the Hancock County Job & Family Services building at 7814 Hancock Road 140.
- An $18,000 contract was awarded to James Klay Construction, Findlay, for interior painting of the Hancock County Job & Family Services building.