Lake County Commissioners approved a couple of personnel items during their meeting on Tuesday. Commissioners approved a status change for 911 Communications Dispatcher Jennifer Miller. 911 Communications Director April Denholm said that Miller had completed the county training program and was eligible to move from a Dispatcher-Trainee to a Dispatcher-Certified Level One. Commissioners approved the status change and Miller’s 50-cent an hour increase in salary, effective May 17th.
Commissioners on Tuesday also approved the start date for a seasonal employee in the county Highway Department. Michael O’Connell will start June 1st as a Highway Seasonal Laborer at a rate of $18.67 an hour.
Commissioners Tuesday also discussed the county’s health insurance renewal with Avera Health Plans. After some discussion, the commission decided to postpone its decision on the renewal until it’s next meeting in June. Commissioners did decide to approve Optilegra for the county’s vision insurance renewal, and Unum for life insurance, both with little or no rate change for the next year. The commission also decided to go forward with offering Delta Dental insurance to employees, with the premiums to be paid entirely by the employee.
Also during their meeting Tuesday, commissioners authorized Highway Superintendent Nels Nelson to purchase two surplus sanders from the state at a price not to exceed eight-thousand dollars. They also authorized Nelson to submit an application for South Dakota’s Volkswagen Class 4-thru-8 Local Freight Truck Rebate Program.