The Henry County supervisors awarded the county solid waste contract to Mike Prottsman Sanitation. The supervisors announced their decision this morning. Prottsman had the low bid at $9,820 a month. The only other bid was from WEMIGA Waste for $14,900 a month until December 2013 and $15,300 a month after that. Board Chair Kent White said both bids were legal and on time. He also said they were able to compare apples to apples in making the decision. WEMIGA has been handling county waste collection since Whaleys Waste left Mt. Pleasant in October 2011. WEMIGA will continue providing the service until a permanent collection site is confirmed. Right now there are four collection sites around the county. Those will remain as they are. It is the site in Mt. Pleasant behind the Henry County Emergency Management Building that is in question. When possession of the building was transferred from the federal government there was a clause in the contract that stated the property could only be used for emergency management purposes. The site will be inspected February 14 by someone from the federal government. There are some other possible sites on county owned property. But there would be some cost involved to make them useable.
Bob Swindell and Brian Roth from the county compensation board were asked to meet with the supervisors this morning. The supervisors are struggling somewhat with a decision on raising wages. The compensation board has recommended a 7% increase for the sheriff and a 3% increase for the supervisors, county attorney, recorder, auditor and treasurer. Wage increases for employees would be based on the increase received by the official they report to. Swindell explained to the supervisors that the compensation board is charged by the state to compare Henry County wages with others in the state. They are only comparing numbers. They have no information regarding the county’s financial situation or the cost of benefits in other words they don’t know anything about the big picture. They only look at the office and not the individual serving. It is not the compensation board’s job to evaluate the individual. Swindell said he recognizes this puts the supervisors in a tough position.