STANTON — The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approved proposed salaries and benefits for the county’s three road commissioners on Monday, but not without first debating the issue.
Commissioners voted 8-1 to approve the proposed salaries and benefits starting in 2013. Commissioner Tom Lindeman of Greenville cast the lone “no” vote without explanation.
Road Commission Chairman Dale Linton will continue to earn an annual salary of $7,416. Road Commissioner Robert “Bob” Brundage and incoming Road Commissioner S. Michael “Mike” Scott will earn a salary of $6,798 each. Road Commissioner Donald McCracken is retiring at the end of his term this year.
According to Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer, health insurance for the three road commissioners costs about $17,000 total. Road commissioners also have dental and vision insurance.
All wages and benefits paid to the road commissioners are set and approved by the Board of Commissioners and are paid for from Road Commission funds.
Commissioner Lloyd Walker of Greenville proposed eliminating certain benefits for the three road commissioners.
“I think it would be fair if their health insurance and buy-out is eliminated,” Walker said. “I’m reluctant to make the motion, but I certainly would support it.”
No one made a motion regarding Walker’s proposal.
Commissioner Ron Baker of Howard City proposed asking the three road commissioners to revisit their benefits and possibly make a proposal for certain reductions sometime in the future.
“I think our role here, or our challenge at least, is to develop some consistency between these commissioners and this board,” Baker said. “I think it would be wise to let the Road Commission iron out the details and submit that to us in the interest of being consistent with our board.”