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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 23, 2014

Veterans to plan ceremony

By Linda Wenger | Feb 12, 2013
Washington County Auditor Dan Widmer shows the U.S. Constitution lithograph that is being displayed in the Washington County Courthouse. A ceremony is being planned to honor veterans who donated the document to the county.

The U.S. Constitution lithograph is in place in the Washington County Courthouse between the auditor’s office and the clerk of court’s office on the north wall.
Auditor Dan Widmer told the supervisors and the audience who attended the supervisors’ weekly meeting that the lithograph is on display. He said he would be willing to help whoever would like to plan a formal unveiling.
“Whatever ceremony is planned I think we’ll let the veterans plan it and we can make accommodations,” Supervisor Jack Seward said.
In other business, Washington County Deputy Jared Schneider presented personnel change requests to the board for acknowledgment. The sheriff’s office has hired two new full-time female jailers, Inocencia Diaz-Narciso and Jennifer Kannada and moved jailer James Cody Smith from casual part time to full time. Schneider said Smith has returned from deployment in Afghanistan.
Chairman Ron Bennett asked Schneider if there are vacancies in the jail staff left to fill.
Schneider said he wasn’t sure but there may be one full-time position.
County engineer Jacob Thorius presented the Secondary Roads union contract to the supervisors.  He said it was up for renewal at the end of the year and that it is a three-year contract instead of a two-year contract, as has been the case in the past. He said the union contract was “very fair.”
The contract calls for a 2.1 percent raise during the first year; 2.05 percent for the second year; and 2.01 percent in the third year.
Thorius supplied a copy of the changes to the contract to the board. The board approved the contract.
At the end of the meeting, Thorius asked county residents to be patient with the current weather conditions, which are in a freeze-thaw pattern. He said this isn’t a good time of year to add gravel.

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