Lake County Commissioners give two percent raise to three public officials

BALDWIN — The new board of Lake County Commissioners, with Howard Lodholtz as newly appointed chairperson, approved pay increases at their meeting Wednesday.

Commissioners unanimously voted to give the undersheriff, building inspector and magistrate a 2 percent pay raise effective next pay period, Jan. 28.

"I am pleased all the commissioners thought the pay raise should be a 2 percent raise, not a 1.5 percent raise. Last year it was zero percent. I am really comfortable with the 2 percent amount," said Commissioner Karl Walls.

Lodholtz said the people who serve these positions haven't been given a raise in two years and their work deserves the increase.

During public comments, Sheriff Rich Martin thanked commissioners for touring the new road patrol office, sheriff department and jail last week.

"The undersheriff and I are extremely happy you all took the time to have us give you the tour," Martin said.

Martin explained anyone wanting a tour of the new road patrol office, sheriff's department and jail should make an appointment with him.

"It is important public officials have an opportunity to see what we are all about so they can make better-informed decisions pertaining to the sheriff's department in Lake County," he said.

In other items discussed at the meeting:

n Lodholtz  said the planning commission is looking into an ordinance on rental housing.

n County Administrator Tobi Lake mentioned during the boiled water advisory this week, taken as a precaution due to a loss of pressure in the water system, the county had to buy water left and right for the jail and Residential Reentry Program because of the large population of inmates.